Cheesy Potato Casserole

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Cheesy Potato Casserole is a comfort food that your whole family will love. It tastes like your favorite classic funeral potatoes but made with homemade ingredients.

I love a good cheesy potato casserole dish and this one turns out great every time. Hashbrown casserole would be ideal for a potluck, holiday feast, funeral, or a side dish to your dinner.

cheesy potato casserole on a plate with a fork and the baking dish in the back
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Cheesy Potato Casserole 

I love that this casserole incorporates homemade ingredients instead of frozen hash browns or canned soups. For this recipe, I grated my own potatoes, added cream, sour cream, onion, and cheese and then baked it!

Grating your own potatoes is more cost effective and tastes way better than store bought frozen hashbrowns. Plus, you can use the potatoes that you have in your pantry. Total win!

Hashbrown casserole gets better by the day. It is ideal for prepping in advance when you have a busy schedule. This also makes for great leftovers!

What do you call this casserole? I’ve heard it called everything from cheesy potato casserole, to hash brown casserole, and sometimes here in Utah they even call them Funeral Potatoes! How odd is that.

top view of cheesy potato casserole in a baking dish

What potatoes work best for grating hashbrowns?

I like to use russet potatoes if I am grating them for hashbrowns. They fluff up nicely and taste delicious. Use what you have on hand though, I haven’t noticed a big difference between types.

Can I make hashbrown casserole ahead of time?

Yes! This recipe is great to make a in advance. You can make it all and mix it up and then bake it, or you can make it and bake it and reheat it as needed.

Can I freeze hashbrown casserole?

You can make this casserole and put in the freezer. When you are ready to serve just thaw fully and bake.

close up of cheesy potato casserole in a dish

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cheesy potato casserole on a plate with a fork and the baking dish in the back
5 from 1 vote

Cheesy Potato Casserole

Cheesy Potato Casserole is a comfort food that your whole family will love. It tastes like your favorite classic funeral potatoes but made with homemade ingredients.
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 16


  • 2.5 pounds russet potatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 12 ounces sour cream
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon chicken base, like Better than Bullion
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • scant 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. 
  • Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish well with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Prepare your potatoes by peeling the skins and rinsing off the outside of the peeled potato. Grate the potatoes using a box grater or food processor.
  • Working with half of the grated potatoes at a time, place them in a clean dish towel and squeeze out as much extra moisture as you can. Repeat with second half of the grated potatoes. 
  • Place the grated potatoes in a large bowl.
  • Remove the outer skin of the onion and grate it as well (you can chop it finely but I like to grate it since I already have the grater out and used).
  • Add the onion to the potatoes in the bowl. 
  • Add 1 cup of the shredded cheddar, the sour cream, melted butter, chicken base, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to the bowl.
  • Stir to combine well.
  •  Add the potato mixture to the prepared pan. 
  • Spread the remaining shredded cheese evenly over the potatoes.
  • Bake for 1 hour. If the top of the cheese starts to brown too quickly, cover the top with foil and continue to bake as directed.
  • Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes before serving hot.


  • Chicken base is like creamy bullion cubes and I like the Better than Bullion brand.
  • You can use more cheese here if you’d like or different kinds of cheese (or a combination of cheeses), so feel free to make it to taste.


Serving: 1 of 16 servings, Calories: 248kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 55mg, Sodium: 297mg, Potassium: 356mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 617IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 142mg, Iron: 1mg
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Hashbrown Casserole is a classic recipe that you want to have in your back pocket. It is full of flavor, made with real ingredients, and will comfort you from the inside out. 

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