25 Easy, Cheesy Potato Recipes
What's the comfort food to end all comfort foods? Cheesy potatoes, of course. Whether you're looking to indulge at breakfast (you know you love a good breakfast casserole, but have you tried Mashed Potato Pancakes?), lunch (there's nothing like a classic Loaded Baked Potato), or dinner (this Creamy Cheddar-Potato Soup with Bacon is a real crowdpleaser, and this Jalapeño Popper Mashed Potato Bake is the ultimate side dish), we've got you covered with our collection of best cheesy potato recipes.
Crockpot Funeral Potatoes
Our take on Crock Pot Funeral Potatoes couldn’t be easier—you simply make it and walk away for a few hours. It’s a classic, rib-sticking, cheesy sour cream potato dish that sure to please, or at least satisfy, a crowd. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could any condensed “Cream Of” soup, as well as any 12-ounce combination of melting cheeses.
Cheesy Potato Bake
This Cheesy Potato Bake makes a great potluck dish or side for brunch. It’s super easy to mix together and throw in the oven, and you can even assemble it a day ahead and bake just before serving. You can use any brand of shredded hash browns, or make it with fresh potatoes that you peel, boil and dice beforehand.
Breakfast Potato Casserole
Breakfast casserole is a beautiful thing because it puts everything you want on your plate in one warm bite. Our Breakfast Potato Casserole is essentially a baked omelet with all the toppings: hearty potatoes, flavorful veggies, savory sausage, and light, fluffy eggs.
Loaded Mashed Potatoes
How do you make mashed potatoes better? Load them up with classic baked potato toppings. These mashed potatoes are creamy and light, but filled with flavor. The sour cream gives the potatoes just the right amount of tang, and the cheese is melted to perfection.
Jalapeño Popper Mashed Potato Bake
There are side dishes, and then there are side dishes that steal the show—these jalapeño popper inspired mashed potatoes most definitely fall into the second category. Made with a jalapeño infused cream (this step is both easy and essential), the mashed potatoes are imbued with a robust peppery warmth.
Two-Toned Scalloped Potatoes
Using both sweet potatoes and Yukon gold potatoes gives classic, comforting scalloped potatoes a delicious upgrade. Perfect for family gatherings and holiday dinners at any point in the year, this impressive potato side dish delivers creamy richness, robust savory flavor, and a delightful crunch with a herby panko-pecan topping.
Twice-Baked Salmon Potatoes
Pair these spuds with a green salad. We tested this recipe with hot-smoked salmon fillets, but the canned variety will work fine.
Mashed Potato Pancakes
Leftover mashed potatoes get a major upgrade in this pancake recipe. They’re incredibly cheesy and oh, so satisfying. Make sure to use a non-stick skillet for easy cleanup.
French Onion Mashed Potatoes
Classic buttermilk mashed potatoes are great, but if you’re looking to really wow, French Onion Mashed Potatoes are what you need. Perfect for a holiday dinner or other special occasion, these decadent, cheesy mashed potatoes are infused with the rich and comforting flavors of French onion soup.
Mini Potato Skins
This party-perfect appetizer will be gone before the last guest even arrives. At a dinner party or holiday gathering, the main dish and a few incredible sides are really the stars of the show. But we can’t imagine a supper club or Christmas dinner without something to snack on as guests arrive, pour cocktails, and catch up before the meal is served.
Cheesy Potato Casserole
This rich and creamy casserole will be a new holiday (or weekday) favorite. Room temperature egg yolks and cream will blend into the mashed potatoes more easily; let them sit at room temperature 30 minutes before using. This cheesy casserole is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving dinner or a Sunday supper.
Rotel Potatoes Aligots
This is a marriage of two of the greatest comfort foods of our time: Rotel dip and mashed potatoes. We’re talking very satisfying and suuuuuuper-rich. This would be great served with a protein like pork chops, but you can also add a little milk to turn this into a dip.
Creamy Cheddar-Potato Soup with Bacon
Warm up with this rich and indulgent soup. Our Cheesy Potato Soup with Bacon feeds a crowd, freezes well, and it comes together in a single Dutch oven. Melted yellow Cheddar makes a great finishing touch. If you prefer to buy only one type of cheese, then add extra white Cheddar.
Twice Baked Potatoes With Fontina and Chives
If you’re ready to go beyond the standard pot of mashed potatoes, we highly recommend giving these cheesy, twice-baked spuds a go for your next dinner party or holiday feast. We love the nutty-rich flavor and creaminess that the combo of Parmesan and fontina provides, but feel free to switch up the cheese to include your favorites.
Loaded Steakhouse Baked Potatoes
Your family will flock to the kitchen when they get a whiff of these over-the-top spuds. We packed them with a bounty of spinach, plus a savory mushroom blend that would go great spooned over your favorite steak.
Ultimate Crispy Ranch Smashed Potatoes
This practical (and much tastier) alternative to loaded potato skins is both fun and filling. The savory potatoes are crisp and salty on the exterior, and soft and creamy inside.
Things we love: Impressive appetizers that require minimal time and minimal ingredients. Things we really love: Impressive appetizers that require minimal time and minimal ingredients, and make use of the leftovers in your fridge—i.e. these easy, cheesy potato purses.
Loaded Baked Potato & Chicken Casserole
Loaded out cheesy, chicken, and potato casserole is as easy as 1-2-3. For lighter and more sensitive palates, reduce the hot sauce measurement by half.
Ham And Potato Soup
This Instant Pot ham soup recipe is about as perfect as a cool weather soup can get; think "loaded baked potato in a bowl." For a fun party meal, serve it with an assortment of toppings so guests can make the soup their own.
Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes
This highly comforting, classic dish has never been easier thanks to your trusty slow cooker. Yielding a creamy, savory potato side the whole family will love, this recipe for crock pot scalloped potatoes is sure to be a new holiday go-to.
Au Gratin Potato Casserole
Breakfast Potato Skins
Scramble eggs with red bell peppers and green onions (or use whatever you have on hand) and scoop the mixture into mostly hollowed-out baked potatoes. Dust the tops of the potatoes with a thick layer of shredded Jack or Cheddar cheese, then pop them in the oven. Finish each tater with a handful of bacon bits, because why not?
Potato and Parsnip Gratin
Parsnips add an elegant twist to this classic. Parboiling the slices saves baking time and keeps them from absorbing too much sauce.
Slow Cooker Cheesy Cottage Potatoes
Cottage potatoes can be both a side dish and a main dish—especially at breakfast. Either way, they’re always popular. The ingredients are pantry staples, and if you don’t have a bell pepper on hand then just leave it out. Serve this with a good cranberry sauce.
Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Stuffed Potatoes
Decadent, cheesy, and loaded with bacon—what more could you ask of a potato? These stuffed potatoes deliver a rich balance of texture and flavor with crisp scallions and crunchy bacon complimenting fluffy spinach mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, and sour cream.