Favorite Cheesy Potatoes

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Favorite Cheesy Potatoes 
Are you like me?  Do you like every aspect of the meals that you serve to your family, be then one or be they ten, delicious?  

I try hard to make everything I serve on my plate delicious.  Now there is only me that doesn't mean that I can't still create delicious foods for myself.  I always aim for every main, side and dessert dish to be the tastiest possible.

 
Favorite Cheesy Potatoes 
Favorite Cheesy Potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes.  Not in the least because they are very simple to make, but also because they are delicious.

A bit decadent perhaps, but this is the type of dish you want to serve on the side when you main dish is a bit lackluster.  You want a side that will shine!

Favorite Cheesy Potatoes 
I can promise you that these cheesy potatoes do just that!   This is a small batch recipe in that is makes four servings rather than 12.  I hope that's okay! 

Trust me, they are so rich and so decadent that you won't want to eat more than 1/4 of this recipe, but I promise you that you will enjoy each and every mouthful!

Favorite Cheesy Potatoes 
This recipe is a slight variation on my regular recipe for Funeral Potatoes.  Funeral Potatoes are a wonderful dish that you will see served at many Potluck suppers here in North America.

I first tasted them about 30 years ago at a Potluck supper at the church I was then attending,  Oh my but they were some delicious.  I begged the recipe from the maker and have been making them ever since, with the odd variation.

Favorite Cheesy Potatoes 
The original recipe used frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed.  Today I have chosen to use boiled russet potatoes.  For those of you who live in the UK, a russet potato is a type of floury baking potato.

They are usually much larger than regular potatoes and almost oval in shape.   They have a nice floury texture when cooked, which makes them ideal for baking and mashing and for recipes such as this one. 

Favorite Cheesy Potatoes

I used them in an attempt to cut back on some of the fat in the recipe.  Just peel and cut them into 3/4 inch cubes.  They are then par-poiled in lightly salted water.

You don't want to boil them completely or they will fall apart and that is not what we want for this. No worries, they will finish cooking in the oven.

Favorite Cheesy Potatoes 
Another change I made was to use French Onion Dip rather than cream cheese.  This adds a lovely richness to the dish, that is really delicious.

It also adds a nice onion flavor without having to add any onions.  Easy peasy. Those are my main changes.

Favorite Cheesy Potatoes 
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE CHEESY POTATOES

There is really nothing too out of the ordinary needed to make these potatoes.  Unless you consider the onion dip as being out of the ordinary.

  • Russet potatoes
  • condensed soup (undiluted)
  • sour cream
  • French onion dip
  • milk
  • cheddar cheese
  • seasoning
  • crispy salad onions (like French's French fried crispy onions, or in the UK, crispy salad onions

Favorite Cheesy Potatoes 
Generally speaking I use strong cheddar cheese, or sharp aged cheddar when I am cooking with cheese.  I find it has so much more flavor then the milder cheese, which means you won't need to use as much to get the same flavor impact!

In other words, less is more!  It does use tinned condensed soup, but I always have several tins in my larder and to be honest I am not a tinned soup snob.  

Favorite Cheesy Potatoes 
If you really dislike tinned soups, or if condensed tinned soups are not available where you are, you can substitute a homemade thick cream sauce for it. 

Just make a 1/3 cup sized cream sauce, using 1/3 TBS butter, 1/3 TBS flour and 1/3 cup (80ml) of milk. You can also use half stock and half milk if you wish. 

Melt the butter, whisk in the flour, cook for a minute, whisk in the milk and cook over moderate heat until the mixture bubbles and thickens. You can season to taste.

Favorite Cheesy Potatoes 
HOW TO MAKE CHEESY POTATOES

When I say nothing could be easier than these, I really mean it. If you can open a can or two and stir things together then you can make these!
 
Basically that is all you do.  You par-cook the potatoes and  drain them well.  Whisk the sour cream, onion dip, soup, seasoning and 2/3 of the cheese together in a bowl and fold in the potatoes.

Favorite Cheesy Potatoes 


This mixture then gets spooned into a casserole dish, covered and baked.  Once everything is heating through and the cheese is starting to melt, you uncover it and then top it with a bit more cheese and the crispy onions and bake for a tiny bit longer.

Just until it is thoroughly heated through, bubbling away and turning deliciously golden brown. Easy peasy. You do want to let it sit for a few minutes before serving however.  Molten cheese can really give a nasty burn.
Favorite Cheesy Potatoes 
This is a delicious side dish that goes wonderfully with everything. Poultry, meat, fish, you name it!  I have even served it with hotdogs (out of the buns). 

In fact you can actually turn it into a delicious main dish by folding in some cubed ham or sliced hotdogs if you want to! Nobody will complain!

Favorite Cheesy Potatoes

Today I served it with some Shake and Bake Chicken wings I had done earlier in the summer and frozen, as well as some green beans.   It was utterly delicious.  

Of course I have leftovers to enjoy tomorrow, but that has never been a problem for me. I am a girl that loves Octobers, cooler weather, comfort foods and leftovers!  Enjoy!

Favorite Cheesy Potatoes

Favorite Cheesy Potatoes

Yield: 4
Author: Marie Rayner
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 50 MinTotal time: 55 Min
Potato comfort food at its very best. Quite simply delicious.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch cubes (1 pound)
  • 1/3 of a tin of condensed cream of chicken, mushroom or cheddar cheese soup, undiluted (freeze the remainder for another use)
  • 1/3 cup (75g) French onion dip
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) whole milk
  • 1/3 cup (80g) sour cream
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup (115g) grated strong cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 TBS crispy onions, crumbled
  • 1 tsp dry parsley flakes, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350*F/180*C/ gas mark 4.  Butter a small (2 cup) casserole dish. Set aside.
  2. Cook the potatoes in lightly salted boiling water for about 8 minutes. Drain well and allow to cool slightly.
  3. Mix the soup, dip, milk, sour cream, 3/4 tsp of parsley flakes, and 2/3 of the cheese together in a bowl.  Season lightly with salt and pepper. Fold in the potatoes. Transfer the mixture to your prepared casserole dish. Cover tightly.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.  Uncover.  Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top along with the crumbled crispy onions. Return to the oven and bake for a further 15 to 20 minutes.  It should be bubbling and golden brown.
  5. Let stand 5 minutes before spooning out to serve.
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3 comments

  1. These look really delicious, a nice change from scalloped potatoes which I love. I'll be making these for sure. Love and hugs, Elaine

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  2. We must be on some kind of same wavelength, as I am making another of your cheesy potato based dishes for dinner tonight!

    This sounds really nice and something I think would go down well here. We can't get condensed soup here, but the substitute you provided works really well and is what I use in place of the soup. Mum used to make loads of different casseroles with a condensed soup base and we always loved them. They seem to have gone out of vogue these days which is a pity as they have a lot of uses and are a handy addition to any pantry.

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  3. Cheesy potatoes are always a hit! I love them!

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