Jean’s Delicious Cheesy Potato Casserole

Almost 22 years ago, I met my in-laws for the very first time. Dave had already prepped me for the fact that his mom is an excellent cook. To be honest, I don’t recall what entree she served me for that very first dinner, but I remember well her cheesy potato casserole. Every special occasion at the home of my in-laws was marked with this cheesy potato casserole.

One summer, Dave and I were instructors for a wilderness program; this job had us backpacking out in the mountains all summer long and eating back-country cooking. Occasionally we landed back in civilization for a few days and we lived for “real food.” Each break we raced down to his parent’s house and ate ourselves silly. (I’d recount actual quantities, but I would be too ashamed to admit to eating that much food in one sitting.) I do remember, however, that Dave and I ate ourselves about three-fourths of the way through a cheesy potato casserole once, just the two of us.

To this day, this casserole will provoke people to sneak out of bed in the middle of the night to scarf the leftovers out of the fridge before anyone else can get to them the next day. Are you hearing how much I LOVE this dish? I’m not a big potato fan, but this one does it for me.

Delicious Cheesy Potato Casserole

  • 8 medium to large potatoes
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (I usually use just 1/2 can)
  • 1 pt sour cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder(if desired)
  • 1/2 c. green onions sliced, use some tops
  • 2 c. grated sharp cheese
  • 1/2 c. corn flake crumbs or soft bread crumbs

Bake potatoes in jackets until done. When cool, skin and grate. Melt the margarine or butter, blend in soup. Fold in sour cream and onions. Fold the potatoes, cheese, and sour cream mixture. Fold gently. Sprinkle with corn flake crumbs–dot with butter..sprinkle with seasonings. (I usually melt 2 T. butter, add corn flake crumbs and sprinkle over top). Bake uncovered 45 min. at 350º. Can make a day ahead and refrigerate.

BK

  1. I, too, have an excellent mom-n-law chef. This is a take on a “cheesy” casserole that has become a must year after year on the Thanksgiving table.
    10 oz green beans (can or frzn)
    1 jar of Cheez Whiz
    8 oz sliced mushrooms
    small diced onion
    1 can evaporated milk
    1 can sliced water chestnuts
    2-3 T flour
    2 tsp soy sauce
    3-4 drops of hot sauce
    salt & pepper

    Saute onions & mushrooms in 1/2 stick butter.Add flour.Cook 2-3 min. Add milk & cheez. Blend. Add chestnuts & greenbeans. Blend. Pour into 2 qt casserole dish. Top w/sliced almonds. Bake in 350 degree oben til hot & bubbly (10 min or so) Serve hot. 8-10 servings.

    Too YUMMY!!

  2. That’s what didn’t come out of the frig with other leftovers today, and now I know why? You either ate them already during the night or were saving them for later. I think I need to make up a batch to travel with us. Oh well, the southern BBQ was delicious. Love, Joan

  3. Oh? you didn’t hear me hiss at my oldest, “You put that leftover potato casserole back in the fridge RIGHT NOW! We are NOT eating that today!”

    It’s a good’un all right.

  4. My daugter in law left a pototo casserole sitting on the counter all night after baking them. The had cheese NO MAYO, I told her the house is cool in the night and they should be fine. Do you agree? She was taking them to a party.

  5. Peg, I wouldn’t chance it. Any kind of dairy can be iffy when it’s that many hours. More the point, even the potatoes will start growing bacteria at room temperature when left overnight. Unless the house gets down to 40° inside, it’s not worth it.

  6. I love cheesy potatoes. My recipe varies slightly but makes a fairly big taste difference.
    1 package of Southern Style Hash browns(saves lots of time)
    8 Ounces sour cream
    1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
    2 cups finely shredded Colby/Jack I find it melts better than cheddar and doesnt “string” so much)
    1 med onion
    Salt and pepper
    Sometimes I mince a couple of cloves of garlic and mix in

  7. Dear Barb,
    Your cheesy potatoes were a great success for Christmas dinner. In fact, they were so good that I only got the clean pan back from your mom. Your parents and Aunt Shirl ate the rest of them. Next time I will just take the dirty pan along with me so I have some to munch on in the wee hours.
    Love, Aunt Joan

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