Cheesy Skillet Potatoes are made with Yukon Gold or Butterball potatoes, seasoned with butter, spices & cheese, served with chives & sour cream.
Cheesy Skillet Potatoes are made with Yukon Gold or Butterball potatoes, seasoned w/ butter, spices & cheese, served w/ chives & sour cream.

If you’re on the hunt for a simple potato side dish for a meal, may I suggest these delicious, yet simple, cheesy skillet potatoes? Potatoes are par-boiled for several minutes to soften, then seared in butter in a skillet, seasoned, and topped with cheese, fresh chives, and a nice dollop of sour cream, to finish.

This recipe is one I just kind of made up “on the fly”, while trying to figure out a NEW way to serve potatoes for one of our meals. It is fairly simple to prepare, and looks and tastes really good, too! Here’s how to make this side dish:

What Potatoes Should I Use?

We LOVE making this easy side dish using either Yukon gold or German butterball potatoes. They are fairly small, which works well for this dish. Both varieties have a naturally “buttery” flavor to them already, and a slightly yellow hue (especially butterballs). You could also use red potatoes if necessary, (but we prefer Butterballs or Yukons golds for their creamy color and flavor).

I recently dug up over 7 pounds of German butterball potatoes in some half-barrels in our little backyard raised bed garden. I last planted potatoes 5 years ago, but several “volunteer” plants still pop up each summer, so we’ve harvested lots of butterballs every year since then. HOORAY! I used several of our harvested German butterball potatoes to photograph the “how-to’s” of this recipe.

German butterball potatoes, harvested from our little backyard garden.

Prepare The Potatoes

The potatoes need to be par-boiled before “cooking” in the skillet. It’s easy. Par-boiling is simply a quick method used to partially cook food in boiling water to reduce the total cooking time (especially good for hard, dense potatoes).

Par-boiling helps soften the food, but doesn’t allow it to get cooked all the way through. This process also helps remove a bit of the sugars found in potatoes naturally. Place the clean potatoes in a pot of boiling water (enough to cover potatoes) and gently boil for 8-9 minutes. You should be able to insert a knife into the potatoes easily when finished.

Par-boiling the potatoes for 8-9 minutes in water.

Drain, and rinse the potatoes in cold water to help stop the cooking process, once done. Once cool enough to handle, remove the peel from the potatoes (see how YELLOW the butterballs are?). Slice each potato into 1/4″ slices, and set aside.

After being par-boiled, the potatoes are peeled.

Cooking Cheesy Skillet Potatoes

Melt 3 Tablespoons of butter on medium-low heat in a large skillet. Add the sliced potatoes, trying to keep them in a single layer, if possible. Cook for 3-4 minutes without turning (this allows them to get a bit crispy on the bottom). Season by sprinkling potatoes lightly with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.

Turn the potatoes to cook the other side. Cook for 3-4 more minutes. The potatoes are done once golden brown, and a bit crispy around the edges on both sides. The center of the potatoes should be soft.

Seasoned, round potato slices are cooked in butter in a skillet.Skillet potatoes turn golden brown, and slightly crispy on the edges.

As soon as the potatoes are “done”, remove the skillet from the heat source. Sprinkle the top of the potatoes with the grated cheddar cheese. Place a skillet lid or foil over the top of the skillet for about a minute.

The cheese will melt quickly while the potatoes are hot. Once the cheese has melted, remove lid. Sprinkle cheesy skillet potatoes with chopped fresh chives. They will add color and flavor to the dish.

Cheesy skillet potatoes are topped with grated cheese and chopped fresh chives.

Serve Cheesy Skillet Potatoes

To serve, place portions onto serving plates, and place a dollop of sour cream on top of each portion. Serve while potatoes are hot, and enjoy this simple, but yummy side dish.

The final garnish for the cheesy skillet potatoes is a dollop of sour cream.

I hope you enjoy this veggie side dish. It doesn’t take too long to prepare, and the cheesy skillet potatoes sure taste good! Thank you for stopping by, and I sincerely hope you will visit again soon. Have a great day.

Looking For More Side Dishes Using Potatoes?

You can find all of my side dish recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have quite a few side dish recipes that feature potatoes, including:

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Cheesy Skillet Potatoes
Prep Time
13 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Cheesy Skillet Potatoes are made with Yukon Gold or Butterball potatoes, seasoned with butter, spices & cheese, served with chives & sour cream.

Category: Side Dish, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesy skillet potatoes
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 276 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 5 medium Yukon Gold or Butterball potatoes
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt and black pepper (EACH) , to taste
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup grated cheddar cheese , or more if preferred
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 2 Tablespoons light sour cream , for garnish
Instructions
  1. Place clean potatoes in a pot of boiling water (enough to cover potatoes). Gently boil for 8-9 minutes. You should be able to insert a knife into a potato easily when finished. Drain, and rinse potatoes in cold water, once done. Once cool enough to handle, peel potatoes. Slice potatoes into 1/4" rounds; set aside.

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet on medium-low heat. Add potatoes, keeping them in a single layer, if possible. Cook 3-4 minutes without turning. Season lightly with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Turn potatoes to cook the other side. Cook about 3-4 minutes. Potatoes are done when golden brown, and a bit crispy around the edges on both sides. The center of the potatoes should be soft.

  3. Immediately remove skillet from heat. Sprinkle potatoes with cheese. Place a skillet lid or foil over skillet for 1 minute. Once cheese has melted, remove lid. Transfer portions to plates. Sprinkle with chopped fresh chives, and a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Skillet Potatoes
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 276 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 281mg12%
Potassium 907mg26%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 385IU8%
Vitamin C 42mg51%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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