Recipe for cheesy potatoes


My favorite recipe for cheesy potatoes -aka funeral potatoes or cheesy potato casserole. This dish is so comforting, always a crowd pleaser and perfect for any holiday dinner.

If you’re looking for a recipe for cheesy potatoes for your holiday dinners this year… I’ve got your back! These cheesy potatoes are to die for! We have them at every holiday and they are always a HUGE hit! They are my moms specialty…and a recipe passed down from my Grandma. I made them for a church event a few weeks ago and had to call her for the recipe. Of course, now I have to share them with you.

My favorite recipe for cheesy potatoes -aka funeral potatoes or cheesy potato casserole. This dish is so comforting, always a crowd pleaser and perfect for any holiday dinner.


I shared this recipe a few years back, but thought I would repost it for you all. These cheesy potatoes are one of my all time favorite side dishes. If you haven’t tried it, it’s a must this year. We always make these for Christmas and Easter (served with ham, vegetables, and homemade rolls). The version my mom makes omits the cream of chicken and cracker topping (to save on calories), but I love the extra creaminess it adds and the crunchy topping. Feel free to omit as well if you’d like ;)

Recipe for cheesy potatoes

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 mintues


  • 1 (30 ounce) bag Ore Ida hash browns (country style shredded potatoes or cubed), thawed
  • 1 bunch green onions chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 16 ounces sour cream
  • 1 can cream of chicken (or celery) soup
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup melted butter + 2 Tablespoons
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup crushed ritz (cornflakes, potato chips or panko crumbs) -optional


Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9x13 dish and set aside. In a medium sized bowl combine: potatoes, green onions, sour cream, cream of chicken, salt, pepper, 1/4 cup melted butter and 1 cup of cheese. Stir until combined. Then spread into the baking dish.

Top with remaining shredded cheese and then the ritz if desired. Drizzle the remaining 2 Tablespoons of melted butter on top. For shredded hash browns bake for 30 minutes (for cubed about 40), or until bubbling hot.

To lighten up, omit the cream of chicken soup, crushed ritz + extra butter, use light sour cream and less cheese.

Here’s the original photo from 2012 topped with cornflakes :)


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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Jessica posted on December 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm (#

    My mother in law makes these potatoes and they’re insanely good (if not exactly healthy :) Perfect for the holidays!

  2. Teresa posted on December 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm (#

    Few things are better! Yum.

  3. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen posted on December 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm (#

    I can almost taste these! Cheesy potatoes are perfect during a cold day. Good thing we have plenty of those coming up!

  4. Sunae posted on December 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm (#

    Mmmm!I think these would go down perfectly on a cold winter’s day! Too bad Christmas is on the middle of summer in Australia – we miss out on all the warm, cosy comfort foods at Christmas because it’s too hot to eat them!

  5. Annie~SavorThisMoment posted on December 11, 2012 at 9:52 am (#

    I made some of the cream of soup variety for our church Christmas dinner. They were good, but I’m always worried about the sodium content. I’m pinning your mom’s recipe for next time!

  6. Ashlee posted on December 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm (#

    I use ritz crackers on top of mine… I don’t like the way the corn flakes get mushy… and cream of celery soup, it has a nice tang! mmmm now I want some!

    • Jessica @ Dear Emmeline posted on December 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm (#

      my mom has an awesome homemade mac and cheese recipe that usually gets bread crumbs on top but I like to use Ritz! They are so yummy baked on top of some cheesy goodness!

  7. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline posted on December 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm (#

    yum! is there anything better than cheesy potatoes?! these look very similar to the ones my husband’s aunt makes for holiday dinners…and they are amazing!

  8. Kim posted on December 16, 2012 at 9:11 pm (#

    These look delicious. I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Jamielyn posted on December 17, 2012 at 10:47 am (#

      They’re super yummy. :) I hope you have a happy holidays! xo

  9. Elizabeth posted on February 14, 2013 at 1:58 pm (#

    My mom would put plain potato chips on top instead of cornflakes. Soooo good!!!!

    • Jamielyn posted on February 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm (#

      yum! i’ll have to try that next time. :)

  10. Maura posted on June 13, 2014 at 6:38 pm (#

    I’ve seen similar recipes that call for a cream soup (chicken, mushroom, potato, etc.). Does it work ok without it? Thanks for your help!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 2, 2014 at 4:43 pm (#

      Many of my friends use it in their recipes, but my mom never has and I love it! The sour cream still gives you the creamy texture!

  11. Pam G posted on November 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm (#

    This recipe came up on my “gluten free cheesy potatoes” Pinterest search. It sounds great and I certainly will try it out, but with regular corn flakes it is not gluten free.  Corn flakes contain malt syrup. If you need gluten free, you will need to switch out the corn flakes for a gf variety or chips or some other topping. I will let you know which topping we end up liking best! 

    • Jamielyn posted on November 18, 2014 at 10:25 pm (#

      Thanks for the tip, Pam! I hope you try them out!

  12. Amanda posted on May 18, 2015 at 1:10 pm (#

    Do these need to be covered while baking?