Finding The Perfect Side Dish Recipe
What Can You Make With Potatoes?
I”ve noticed that many side dish recipes have the potato as the star of the dish. There are just so many things that you can do with a potato and there are several different kinds of potatoes that all have their merits. From Sweet Potatoes to Red Potatoes to Mashed Potatoes!
But I’ve always had a soft spot for Hash Browns. They are crispy and soft at the same time, with just the right amount of saltiness. Yum! So, we thought we’d share a recipe that features Hash Browns as the ingredient for this side dish. Introducing, our Crock Pot Cheesy Potatoes Recipe!
Crock Pot Cheesy Potatoes
I love these Cheesy Potatoes because you can make them in your Slow Cooker. This means they are SO easy to prepare and will always come out cooked perfectly. And another awesome thing about Crockpots is that they will travel well to wherever you need to bring them!
Not only are they great to bring to social gatherings, they can also make an easy side dish for family weeknight dinners! And you’ll probably have leftovers for lunch tomorrow!
Can You Make This Dish Ahead Of Time?
Absolutely! That is the awesome thing about Crockpots, you can make your dish earlier and just keep it on warm until you are ready to serve it! In fact, I’d advise getting a head start on this recipe. While it is easy, it is not “quick”. You’ll need at least 4 hours in the Slow Cooker to get them cooked properly.
Can I Use Homemade Hash Browns Instead of Frozen?
You probably could do this. Frozen Hash Browns are often dryer than fresh homemade ones. So, I’d be a little concerned about this. I’d get my homemade hash browns patted down as much as possible before adding them. You could use a cheese cloth if you have one. If your recipe is looking a little dry during the cooking process, you can always add a little water or more milk!
You can also just dice up a fresh potato if you would like to. But, obviously, depending on how small you dice them, it may take a bit longer to cook.
How To Make Crock Pot Potatoes with Cheese
This recipe couldn’t be simpler. Just take a large bowl and mix in your ingredients. Stir them up to make sure they are completely combined. Grease your crock pot and then put in your cheesy potato mix and cook on low for 4 hours. These slow cooker cheesy potatoes are the perfect side dish for any occasion that the whole crowd will love!
What Are Some Other Good Hash Brown Recipes?
I never realized that hashbrowns not only taste delicious by themselves, they actually make a really awesome ingredient in other dishes.
Other Notes and Variations
When you have cheese and potatoes together as the base of your dish, there are so many things you can do to give it a little extra flair if you want to:
- Try another cheese? Maybe mix in a little shredded swiss cheese or some pepper jack?
- Add Pork! Some nice bits of crispy bacon folded in would be unbelievable. Just add them after they are finished cooking. Or, you could throw in some cubed ham!
- You can use low fat milk and cheese if you need to shave off some calories.
- Do you like onion? Dice up 1/2 cup of onion and add this to your Crock Pot.
This recipe is also perfect as a Thanksgiving side dish, you can use your slow cooker and not take up much needed space on the stove or in the oven!
I hope you enjoy this Crock Pot Cheesy Potatoes Recipe. Let me know how it turns out in the comments!
Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes
These Crock Pot Cheesy Potatoes are the perfect side dish for a dinner party or any family dinner. They are quick and easy and taste delicious!
- 30 oz frozen hash browns
- 16 oz sour cream
- 10.75 oz condensed cream of potato soup
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup milk
Generously grease a slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine hash browns, sour cream, soup, cheddar cheese and milk. Mix well. Spoon into prepared crock and heat on low for 4 hours.