Easy Potato Casserole With Cream Cheese and Chives

Easy potato casserole with cream cheese and chives

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  • Total: 65 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings

This potato casserole is a nice alternative to scalloped potatoes, potatoes gratin (dauphinoise), or plain boiled or mashed potatoes. The cream cheese and chives make a rich and delicious dish. It's an excellent potato side for a holiday or special occasion. Or make it and take it to a potluck dinner.

The potatoes are briefly cooked in boiling water and then they're baked with the easy cream cheese and chive sauce. Add some diced cooked bacon to the cheese mixture or top the casserole with shredded cheese or buttered bread crumbs just before it's done.


  • 4 cups cubed potatoes (from about 4 to 5 large potatoes)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 package

    (8-ounce) cream cheese (softened)

  • 1 tablespoon chives (fresh or frozen, chopped, plus more for ​garnish)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon

    instant dried minced onion

  • 1 dash


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for potato casserole
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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  3. Cook potatoes with 1 teaspoon salt in boiling water to cover 15 minutes or until tender; drain.

    Boil potatoes
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  4. Place cooked potatoes in a shallow, lightly buttered 2-quart casserole.

    Diced potatoes
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  5. In a medium saucepan, heat the milk and cream cheese, stirring until cheese has melted.

    Heat milk and cream cheese
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  6. Add the chives, salt, pepper, and dried onion.

    Add chives, salt, pepper, and onion
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  7. Pour over potatoes.

    Pour over potatoes
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  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

    Easy potato casserole
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  9. Sprinkle with paprika and more chives, if desired.

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  10. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Variations

  • If you like an added crunch, try making this delicious crumb topping. Combine 1 cup of fresh breadcrumbs with 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Toss to coat the crumbs thoroughly. Sprinkle the crumbs over the casserole just before it goes into the oven.
  • If you like a little bit more cheese to your dishes, sprinkle with about 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese about 10 minutes before the casserole is done.