Cheesy Skillet Potatoes

Recipes by Missy Workman & Photos by Holly Booth

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Looking for the perfect side dish to elevate your Thanksgiving or holiday feast? Look no further! Our Cheesy Skillet Potatoes are here to steal the show. This mouthwatering recipe is all about comfort and flavor, combining tender potatoes, a rich and creamy cheese sauce, and a golden, crispy topping.

This recipe is a one-pot (skillet) wonder cooked to perfection in a cast iron skillet. The cast iron's exceptional heat retention ensures your Cheesy Skillet Potatoes stay warm and delicious from the moment they leave the oven to the very last bite.

Whether you're serving a festive Thanksgiving spread or simply gathering with loved ones during the holiday season, these Cheesy Skillet Potatoes will bring warmth and delight to your table. So, embrace the cozy vibes and savor every cheesy, potato-filled bite.

How to Make
Cheesy Skillet Potatoes

Servings: 6 | Prep Time: 30 min | Cook Time: 50 min-1 hr & 25 min | Total Time: 1-2 hrs


  • 5-6 medium russet potatoes, washed and peeled
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup sharp white cheddar, grated
  • 2 cups medium cheddar, grated
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 small shallot, diced


  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Grill Grate
  • Wooden Spoon

Pre-Bake Instructions

  1. Slice potatoes about 1/8-inch thick and place in a bowl of cold water to remove starch.
  2. While potatoes are soaking, heat a large cast iron skillet or pan, adding the butter and flour. Allow to cook on medium heat until it starts to bubble.
  3. Add diced shallot to the butter/flour mixture along with salt, pepper, and thyme.
  4. Add milk and heavy cream, whisking until well combined. Allow to simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally, until it has a gravy consistency.
  5. Mix the cheeses together and set aside.
  6. Drain potatoes and add a layer of sauce to the bottom of the pan. Add a layer of potatoes, followed by a thin layer of sauce, and sprinkle with some cheese. Repeat the layering steps, ending with sauce and cheese on top.

Oven Method

Cover and place in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes. Remove the lid and allow to cook until the potatoes are soft and the cheese is slightly browned.

Over the Fire or Grill Method

Prepare the grill or fire and get a nice build-up of coals. Place skillet on the coals or grill grate, adding more coals to top of lid and allowing to cook for 45 minutes to an hour. If you smell burning or if it isn’t cooking quickly enough, shift coals as needed. With a little patience and coal-shifting, you will soon have an amazing potato dish to share!

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