One recipe for cheesy potatoes calls for combining a pre-made package of hash browns with one can of condensed cream of chicken soup, 1 1/2 cups sour cream and 1 cup shredded cheese in a casserole dish. Top the mixture with a crumbled cracker topping and bake until heated through.
To prepare the dish, first thaw out a package of pre-made of Southern-style hash browns. Another option is to prepare your own hash browns from fresh potatoes. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream of chicken soup and sour cream together until well-blended, then stir in the hash browns and shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Spread the mixture into a lightly greased 9-by-13-inch baking pan.
To make the cracker topping, crush 20 Ritz crackers into coarse crumbs and mix them with 2 tablespoons of butter. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the potato and cheese mixture, then place in the oven to bake for about 50 minutes, until the casserole is hot and bubbly.
Another variation of cheesy potatoes calls for adding mashed potatoes to a casserole dish, topped with a layer of crushed crackers and cheese. You can also use crushed corn flakes for the topping instead of crackers.