This cheesy potato casserole with diced potatoes makes the best side dish, and is a staple at my holiday tables. I’m amping up the flavor of this EASY cheesy potato recipe by adding onions in a few forms and plenty of shredded cheddar cheese. Serve these funeral potatoes with mains like roasted chicken, spatchcock turkey, air fryer turkey breast, apricot glazed ham, or steaks. It truly goes with anything.
This diced potato casserole (sometimes called funeral potatoes!) is made easy with diced potato hash browns (a major kitchen shortcut), and then we’re adding major flavor in the form of cream of chicken soup, butter, sour cream, garlic powder, sharp cheddar cheese, and French fried onions. So yes, it’s still going to taste like the classic easy cheesy potatoes you’re used to, but a tad extra. 😉
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Table of Contents
- What is Potato Casserole?
- What You’ll Love About this Cheesy Potato Casserole Recipe
- Cheesy Potato Recipe Ingredients
- How to Make Cheesy Potato Casserole with Diced Potatoes
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Storage Instructions
- What to Serve with Funeral Potatoes
- More Side Dish Recipes
- Helpful Tools to Make Funeral Potatoes Recipe
- Pin this cheesy potato casserole with diced potatoes recipe for later!
What is Potato Casserole?
Like any casserole recipe, there are many different varieties! This particular cheesy potato casserole is a classic here in Minnesota and often served at holidays. The simplest versions are a mixture of diced potatoes or hashbrowns, cream of chicken soup, sour cream and/or butter, and some seasonings.
I’ve added some extra flavor to my version, but it still has the classic feel.
What You’ll Love About this Cheesy Potato Casserole Recipe
- Tons of flavor
- Cheesy, savory flavor
- Tender potatoes
- Made with 8 basic ingredients
- Takes just 10 minutes to prep
- Perfect side dish to almost any main dish
- Family friendly
Cheesy Potato Recipe Ingredients
The beauty of this funeral potatoes recipe is the simple ingredients, but I’ve added a few extras to give it an oomph of flavor:
- Diced potatoes – Often times the prepared hashbrowns and potatoes are in the refrigerated section of stores near eggs and dairy. You can also use the diced potatoes with onions. Frozen diced potatoes also work, just make sure to take them out to thaw.
- Green onions – The green onions give a milder flavor than regular onions would. You could also use chives.
- Cream of chicken soup – Look for a condensed soup, you could also use cream of mushroom soup.
- Butter – Use any unsalted butter.
- Sour cream – I recommend full fat sour cream for best flavor.
- Spices – Garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper
- Shredded cheese – I recommend sharp cheddar cheese, but you could also use any cheddar, colby jack, or even pepper jack for a little spice.
- French fried onions – Many funeral potato recipes call for cornflakes, but I think the savory flavor of fried onions adds a boost of flavor and crunch.
How to Make Cheesy Potato Casserole with Diced Potatoes
While this cheesy diced potato casserole takes about an hour to make, the prep is really quite simple! The majority of the time is hands-off while the casserole is baking. Here’s how to make it:
- Prep ingredients. Thaw potatoes if frozen. Thinly slice green onions.
- Mix wet ingredients. In a large bowl, whisk together cream of chicken soup, melted butter, sour cream, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper.
- Mix diced cheesy potatoes. Fold in potatoes, green onions and shredded cheese and stir to combine.
- Bake potatoes. Transfer cheesy potato casserole with sour cream to a baking dish and sprinkle with fried onions. Bake covered with foil for 40 minutes and uncovered for another 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
TIP: If food typically sticks to your casserole dish, spray it with cooking spray or an olive oil spritz.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is cheesy potato casserole gluten free?
Not as written, but if you use gluten-free potatoes, gluten-free cream of chicken soup, and gluten-free onion straws and it will be.
How many calories in cheesy potato casserole?
The full nutrition stats are below, but there are 359 calories per serving in this particular cheesy potato casserole recipe. It’s a decent-sized serving, but you could also stretch it into smaller servings as well.
What goes with cheesy potato casserole?
This is an Easter cheesy potato casserole recipe at our house, which means it’s perfect with apricot glazed ham but it’s also great with roasted chicken, spatchcock turkey, air fryer turkey breast, steak, or really anytime you need a potato side dish.
Can you make cheesy potato casserole ahead of time?
Yes, in fact you can easily prep this recipe ahead. Make and assemble the potato mixture a day or two ahead and store in the fridge. Bake when ready.
How to reheat
Reheat the casserole in a microwave or a 375 degree F oven until heated through.
Can you freeze cheesy potatoes?
Cover casserole and freeze for 2-3 months. Let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
What to Serve with Funeral Potatoes
These cheesy funeral potatoes go with so many main dishes, which is one of the reasons that everyone loves them so much. Try them with one of these main dishes:
- Apricot Glazed Ham
- Dry Brine Spatchcock Turkey
- Juicy Air Fryer Turkey Breast
- Air Fryer Salmon
- Air Fryer Lobster
More Side Dish Recipes
If you like this recipe for cheesy potato casserole, you might also like some of these other simple side dish recipes:
- Napa Cabbage Coleslaw – This flavorful and crunchy slaw takes just 15 minutes to make.
- Simple Green Salad – Elevate simple salads with a few ingredients.
- Kale Pomegranate Salad – This is a beautiful dish for holiday tables.
- Broiled Asparagus – An ideal Easter dinner would have ham, asparagus, and cubed cheesy potatoes on the menu.
- French Green Beans – Once you’ve had these green beans, you’ll never go back to regular ones!
- Air Fryer Broccoli – This quick and easy side is always a hit!
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Helpful Tools to Make Funeral Potatoes Recipe
Easy cheesy potato casserole with diced potatoes (aka funeral potatoes) is the BEST side dish, and a staple at holiday tables.
- Prep ingredients:
Thaw potatoes if frozen.
Thinly slice green onions.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the soup, melted butter, sour cream, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper.
- Fold in potatoes, green onions, and sharp cheddar cheese. Place mixture into a 9×13 inch pan.
- Top with fried onions and bake covered with foil for 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
- I used Simply Potatoes Diced Potatoes, but you could also use the version with onions.
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