This Cheesy Potato Casserole Is Home-Style Comfort Food

Everyone loves a good , especially when it's rich, creamy, and topped with buttery crisp breadcrumbs. It’s a side dish that works for just about any occasion—from Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter to . Traditionally, a cheesy potato casserole (also called funeral potatoes or hash brown casserole) is served at family gatherings after a funeral, so it's no wonder the dish is meant to be comforting. The recipe is kept simple by using frozen shredded hash browns for easy prep, and we added lots of cheddar, sour cream, and cream of chicken soup to make a thick cheesy sauce.

Buttered breadcrumbs give the casserole some texture on top, but you can substitute them for  or even corn flakes for more crunch. 

Can you make cheesy potato casserole ahead of time?

You sure can. That's what makes it so great for holiday cooking! You can prep this casserole up to 2 days in advance and store it, covered and unbaked, in the fridge. Just be sure to wait to mix up and add the topping until just before you bake it so it stays crisp.

What goes good with cheesy potato casserole?

The best thing about cheesy potato casserole (well, besides how it tastes), is just how versatile it is. You can serve this make-ahead hash brown casserole for with sausage balls, , and . Or, you can save it for to enjoy alongside a gorgeous and all the traditional . Of course, you don't have to wait for the holidays to enjoy it. Cheesy potato casserole is one of the best to make for all year long!