8 Tbsp. butter divided (1 stick)
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, finely diced
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
2 cups chicken broth
1.5 cups (12oz.) of shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup (8oz.) shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese
1 cup (8oz.) sour cream
1 tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
30 oz. bag frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
2 cups crushed kettle potato chips
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9x13 baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter using a basting brush. This recipe comes together quickly so prepare the cheese by shredding it in advance.
In a large saucepan, melt 6 Tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add the diced onion and sauté for 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to sauté for an additional minute until fragrant.
Turn the heat to low and sprinkle in the flour and stir to coat the butter, onions and garlic. Let the flour cook for a minute, and then turn the heat back up to medium high. Add the milk and chicken broth and let it come to a boil and start to thicken.
Add the cheese in batches while stirring in between. Once the cheese gets melty, add in the sour cream and the shredded hash brown potatoes. Stir all to combine.
In a microwave safe dish, melt the remaining tablespoon of butter and pour over crushed kettle chips and parmesan cheese. Stir evenly to coat the chips.
Once the oven is pre-heated, pour the cheesy potato deliciousness into the buttered baking dish. Top with the buttered parmesan chips and cover with foil. Bake for 20 mins. Remove the foil and continue to bake an additional 15 minutes until bubbly and golden brown. Garnish with fresh parsley.
These cheesy potatoes are out-of-this-world delicious. The crispy crunch and saltiness of the kettle chips compliments the gooey cheesiness so well. It makes for a great side dish for Christmas, Easter or other family/friend gathering. Sometimes I'll change it up and use a smoked cheddar cheese and that certainly enhances the flavor as well. You'll be grateful this makes a full 9x13 dish because everyone will be coming back for seconds!