Potato Casserole

$9.06 recipe / $0.90 serving
by Krista - Budget Bytes
5 from 5 votes

Edited by Sam - Budget Bytes

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Make those potatoes go the extra mile with this creamy, cheesy potato casserole! Fit to serve a crowd, this potato casserole recipe is comfort food at its best. The crunchy, cheesy topping is a little sweet, a lot savory, and makes this the perfect side for Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas.

What is Potato Casserole?

Diced potatoes are blanketed in a sauce made from cheddar cheese, milk, and sour cream; seasoned with onions and garlic; and topped with crunchy corn flake cereal. It’s the ultimate cheesy, creamy, and crunchy side dish. So grab a 5 lb. bag of potatoes and get cooking!

Ingredients for Potato Casserole

  • Yukon Gold Potatoes: These potatoes are in between starchy and waxy, making them perfect for this casserole since they hold their shape well. You’ll need 3 lbs. or about 6 medium potatoes.
  • Butter: Unsalted butter adds a rich flavor to the dish and helps prevent the onions and garlic from burning in the pan.
  • Onion and Garlic: These alliums add a classic earthy and sweet flavor that adds depth to this dish.
  • Salt: Kosher salt enhances the natural flavor of the potatoes.
  • All-Purpose Flour: A little bit of flour helps to thicken up the sauce.
  • Milk: Milk adds moisture to the sauce. You can use any kind of milk you have on hand, including plant-based.
  • Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese: We love the flavor of extra sharp, but any kind of cheddar works well.
  • Sour Cream: Sour cream adds a touch of brightening tanginess and richness to the dish.
  • Corn Flake Cereal: Crushed corn flakes create the perfect slightly sweet, super crunchy topping for this casserole. You can also use Panko breadcrumbs or crushed butter crackers if that’s what you have on hand.

What Else Can I Add To Potato Casserole?

This is a great recipe for using up leftovers. Got some bacon or ham burning a hole in your refrigerator? Throw it in! You can swap the sour cream for Greek Yogurt if that’s what you have on hand. And feel free to top it with any leftover herbs you have lying around– parsley, chives, or scallions would all be delicious!

How to Serve Potato Casserole

Serve this creamy, cheesy potato casserole with Air Fryer Chicken Breasts, Classic Homemade Meatloaf, or some Turkey Meatballs. It’s also great for breakfast with Fried Eggs or Maple Sage Breakfast Sausage.

How to Store Leftovers

Store leftover potato casserole tightly covered with aluminum foil in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or you can wrap it in a double-layer of plastic wrap and aluminum foil to store in the freezer for up to 3 months. You can reheat it covered with foil in a 350°F oven for 20-30 minutes, or until warmed through and bubbly.

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Potato Casserole

5 from 5 votes
Make those potatoes go the extra mile with this cheesy potato casserole! Fit to serve a crowd, this casserole is the ultimate comfort food.
close up view of a wooden spoon in potato casserole.
Servings 10
Prep 30 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes ($3.00)
  • 1/4 cup butter ($0.53)
  • 1/2 onion ($0.16)
  • 2 cloves garlic ($0.16)
  • 1/2 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour ($0.05)
  • 2 cups milk ($0.96)
  • 3 1/2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, divided ($3.21)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream ($0.53)
  • 1 cup crushed corn flake cereal ($0.44)
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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Peel and dice the potatoes, finely chop the onion, and mince the garlic.
  • Add the potatoes to a large pot of water. Bring to a boil, cooking for 8-10 minutes until fork tender. Strain in a colander. Then, transfer the potatoes to a greased 9×13 casserole dish.
  • While the potatoes are boiling, melt the butter in a large saucepan or pot over medium heat.
  • Add in the onion and salt, and cook for a few minutes until softened. Add in the garlic and cook for a minute. Then, stir in the flour.
  • Slowly pour in the milk while whisking to incorporate.
  • Add in 2 cups of cheese and the sour cream. Stir until melted and incorporated.
  • Pour the cheese sauce over the potatoes. Gently combine until the potatoes are fully coated.
  • Top with the crushed cereal and the remaining 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until the cheese is bubbly.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 459kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 16gFat: 22gSodium: 615mgFiber: 4g
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how to make Potato Casserole – step by step photos

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Peel and dice 3 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes, finely chop 1/2 onion, and mince 2 cloves garlic.

Add the potatoes to a large pot of water. Bring to a boil, cooking for 8-10 minutes until fork tender. Strain in a colander. Then, transfer the potatoes to a greased 9×13 casserole dish.

While the potatoes are boiling, melt 1/4 cup butter in a large saucepan or pot over medium heat. Add in the onion and 1/2 tsp salt, and cook for a few minutes until softened. Add in the garlic and cook for a minute. Then, stir in 1/4 cup all-purpose flour.

Slowly pour in 2 cups milk while whisking to incorporate.

Add in 2 cups of cheese and 1/2 cup sour cream. Stir until melted and incorporated.

Pour the cheese sauce over the potatoes. Gently combine until the potatoes are fully coated.

Top with 1 cup crushed corn flake cereal and the remaining 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes until the cheese is bubbly.

This savory and cheesy potato casserole is the perfect side dish for your next brunch or dinner party!

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  1. First time trying this recipe and myself and my family were thrilled by the taste. It’s truly the ultimate comfort food.

    1. Sure! You can make ahead, cover and store in the fridge overnight. I’d wait to add the crunchy topping until right before baking.

  2. I’d like to add a veggie. What would you suggest adding? Broccoli or cauliflower?

  3. You’ve got a little typo in the “what is potato casserole” section… “or” instead of “of” 🙂

    1. You can use Panko breadcrumbs or crushed butter crackers (like Ritz). :)

    2. You could also try crushing up some potato chips for the topping. By doing so you can reduce the salt to perhaps 1/2 tsp or eliminate it all together.

  4. Love that this recipe uses fresh potatoes. Crushed corn flakes were a common casserole topping when I was growing up–a real taste from my childhood! I made a half recipe in a 8″ baking dish, and we barely had enough leftovers for a 2nd meal.

    1. What else is there besides fresh cubed potatoes? I figured it was the only thing to use. Lol jk. Being sarcastic my friend.

  5. So this is basically Funeral Potatoes, a Utah classic, and by golly my favorite side dish and casserole. I haven’t tried this recipe yet but I’m giving 5 stars anyways, cause it’s that good IMO