Grandma S’s Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

This is the recipe that must be present at every single family event. Having a cookout? Make cheesy potatoes. Christmas or Thanksgiving. Gotta have homemade cheesy potatoes. They are a family tradition! Even though this recipe is from my husband’s grandma its now a staple at events with my side of the family too!

Handwritten Cheesy Potatoes Recipe. Also called Potatoes Deluxe or Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole.

This recipe was in both Grandma R’s and Grandma S’s recipe boxes! They were friends so often I will spot Grandma S’s handwriting in Grandma R’s box and vice versa. However one recipe called for 1 pound of hash browns and the other called for 2. It’s 2! I was pretty sure it would be because that is how big a frozen bag of hash browns are. Thankfully this was easy to test because I know how they are supposed to look and can just start with half the bag.

I know that the recipe calls them Potatoes Deluxe but that’s not the name that stuck! You know how that goes, you pick the perfect name for your child, and grandpa starts calling them Stinkpot and it sticks. That’s pretty much what we did with Cheesy Potatoes. To be even more confusing I say Cheesy Potato Casserole if I am baking them like I did this time but, if they are in the crock-pot they are just Cheesy Potatoes.

To further dishonor this recipe there are never any onions used. I have a theory it’s because my mother in law just can’t stand them so over time they have just gotten left out. I’m sure it would be delicious with the onions as written. I also almost never put anything on top. Sorry Grandma!

This is one of those recipes that I just make without measuring because I make them so much I don’t need to any more. Just to be sure for sharing I actually followed the recipe this time!

Cheesy potatoes. A cheesy hash brown casserole in a baking dish. Also a single serving on a plate.

This picture is one of those extra sentimental ones I love. It’s Grandma S’s Cheesy Potatoes looking pretty on one of her vintage table cloths. I wish the Fiestaware had a history that I knew but it is just from my collection.

Grandma S's Cheesy Potatoes

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Our family's must have side dish. Cheesy potatoes go great with everything but are especially good on holidays.

Optional: Add 1 cup of chopped onion. Top with corn flakes or crushed potato chips.



  • 2 lbs frozen hash browns thawed
  • 1 lb sour cream
  • 1 stick of butter melted
  • 8 oz shredded cheese
  • salt and pepper

Recipe Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well.
  2. Spread evenly in a lightly greased 9×13 pan.
  3. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until golden brown.


Per Serving: 307 calories; 26.2 g fat; 12.5 g carbohydrates; 7.2 g protein; 57 mg cholesterol; 205 mg sodium.

Optional Ingredients and Tips

  • Mix in 1 cup chopped onions.
  • Top with crushed potato chips or corn flakes.
  • You can use frozen hash browns just add about 1/2 hour to the cook time.
  • This also can be made in the crock pot. Just mix it all together and about 4 hours on high or 6 on low.
Close up of Cheesy Potatoes in the baking dish. Top is golden and edges are dark and crispy.
Those crispy edges are the best part! We all fight for a corner piece!

Need a main dish to go with these homemade cheesy potatoes? They go extra well with chicken! This recipe for Buttermilk Fried Chicken will walk you though all the steps to make perfectly crispy fried chicken. Looking for something a bit more healthy? Check out this Air Fryer Chicken recipe. There are also instructions for oven frying.

Don’t forget to make dessert! This super easy chocolate Wacky Cake recipe is good frosted or just sprinkled with powered sugar. Don’t want to bake? These no bake Canadian Cottage Cookies are packed with coconut, chocolate, and oat meal.

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