Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mom's Cheesy Potatoes

I was driving to work the other day, and the temperature was 16.  SIXTEEN.  Since I'm a glutton for punishment, I then had to check the weather online.  With the wind chill, the temperature felt like 2.  TWO!!

This kind of weather requires cozy food.  Enter Mom's Cheesy Potatoes.

I'll admit, this isn't the classiest dish I've made, and it has one or two minimally processed ingredients.  But nothin' beats Mom's Cheesy Potatoes when you need to warm up your middle.
Mom's Cheesy Potatoes
Serves: My brother and one of his friends or 8 other people

1 can cream of chicken soup
16 ounces sour cream
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper
32 ounce bag of frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 stick butter, melted
2 cups Grape Nuts Flakes cereal*

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.  In a large bowl, whisk together soup, sour cream, onion powder, and garlic powder.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Stir in potatoes and cheese.  Pour mixture into the baking dish.

In a separate bowl, stir together butter and Grape Nuts Flakes.  Spread on top of the potatoes.

Bake the cheesy potatoes for one hour.  If the topping is getting too brown, cover with foil and continue baking.

*Make sure you get Grape Nuts FLAKES and not regular Grape Nuts.  Using cereal on top might sound odd, but it's reeeeeaaallly good.  My mom would substitute Wheaties, my dad's favorite breakfast cereal, in a pinch, though.


  1. Or it feeds ONE Danny Graffam on Christmas Eve!

  2. + 16 or minus -16 :) Im from the country where in winter it's up to -25 :)))

  3. mmmmm you had me at cheesey! What's cold for you, is a mild day here on the prairies (almost flip flop weather)...either way, cold is cold and cheesey potatoes do warm the middle....I love the serving yeild on this one! Looks fantastic!

  4. Yummmmm...I could have one plate right now! They look so good, and so warm, and wonderful!!!:D

  5. 2????? UGH!!! OK... I will not complain about my San Diego wind chill of 56 (last week... thank goodness it's warmed up!).
    However, these potatoes would warm me up. A friend of mine makes some that are similar, and I gobble them up. Thankful to have this recipe!

  6. These look insanely good!

  7. OMG this is the potato recipe that I've often asked my mother to make for my birthday instead of cake1 She even put candles on it (because she's a smarty pants)! One of our family favorites, thanks for posting!

  8. Wow that is really cold! But those cheesy potatoes look amazing and perfect to warm you up!

  9. I won't lie...I was secretly hoping it was a new cheesy potato recipe. But I love this - I stole it from my Aunt years ago.

  10. I've become such a light weight since moving to North Carolina. A temperature of 2 sounds just awful!

  11. This sounds delicious - and a definite must try! Thanks for a great post.

    Shari from www.goodfoodweek.blogspot.com

  12. I'm glad to see that some of you guys have enjoyed these cheesy potatoes with your families in the past. They are THE BEST. For those of you who haven't made them (yet!), the arctic blast hitting our entire country gives you the perfect opportunity. And let me know what your families think when these taters make it to the dinner table!