Cheesy Potato Cups

These Cheesy Potato Cups were a hit with my spud loving family.  The individual portions make them perfect for dinner parties, holidays or even weeknights!


I left my my Cook’s Country magazine on the counter folded open to the photo of this recipe for Cheesy Potato Cups.  Bill walked by and said, “I’d eat those.”  Yeah, this I knew.  Baked in muffin tins, these are like individual portions of cheesy scalloped potatoes.  I served these for Christmas Eve, only forgetting one step in the baking process, resulting in a less crispy crust…but these were definitely a crowd pleaser.


Cheesy Potato Cups

Serves 12 servings     adjust servings


Recipe adapted from Cook's Country

  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs, ground in food processor
  • 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 1/4 cups half and half
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/3 cups shredded sharp cheddar
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch


  1. Preheat oven to 425º. Butter 12 cup muffin tin, then dust each cup with panko crumbs. Set aside.
  2. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise, then each half into 3 spears. Slice the spears into ¼ inch slices. Place in large microwave safe bowl and add half and half, salt and pepper. Mix to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave 12-15 minutes, stirring once, till tender.
  3. Toss cheddar, Parmesan and cornstarch in bowl. Add all except ⅓ cup to hot potatoes, and stir till well mixed. Divide mixture between muffin cups and smooth tops. Sprinkle with reserved cheese.
  4. Bake, covered, for 10 minutes, then remove cover and continue baking 13-15 minutes, till lightly browned. Remove to cooling rack and run knife around perimeter of each cup. Cool 5 minutes then invert onto baking sheet, tapping if necessary to release. Cool 5 minutes and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 149kcal Calories from fat 60
% Daily Value
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 266mg 11%
Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 6g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  1. What a great appetizer! They look wonderful. 🙂 I’d eat those too. haha.

  2. So adorable – would hard to resist more than one.

  3. i love cheesy potatoes and these cups are simply adorable and i bet they taste Ah-mazing!
    I’d have a hard time stopping after just one!

  4. I totally agree with Bill!

  5. These wouldn’t make it to the counter; let alone shared with my peeps. Tongue peeling? I don’t care! LOVE…

  6. I wish you hadn’t made these, I am trying to cut back on my dairy intake and these are irrestible. I love cheesey scalloped potatoes. Just one little muffin couldn’t hurt. This is the way I am making them next time. Thanks Lizzy!

  7. What a fantastic idea! And love the use of panko!

  8. Yummm, bet these are great for snacks or sides…

  9. Ooohh these look delicious! My boyfriend would inhale these. I’ll have to try them out! Yum!

  10. Panko, potatoes and cheese. yup nothing could be bad about that. Delish!

  11. Fashion, Art and other fancies says:

    This looks yummy;-)
    My girlfriend made a similar dish last weel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Glad to see it here, too.

  12. they sound addicting 🙂

  13. YUM!! Such a cute little appetizer! I love little things that are only a bite…although that tends to make me have more of them hehe

  14. Cheese and potatoes…two of our favorite food groups. I like the individual serving size portions and think they are so pretty on the plate. This is great game day food.

  15. The Mom Chef says:

    You know, I’ve quickly become a believer in these little muffin tin goodies. I love potatoes and think these look amazing! I’d never have guessed that they were less crispy at all.

  16. yes Yes Lizzy, with the addiction we have for potatoes and the loads I buy almost every week, this is sure a sell out.

  17. I’d eat those too!!! Anyway , now I know where to find Cheddar here ( at the USA Navy base store!!! 😀 ) and I’m so happy to be able to reproduce this recipe, hugs, Flavia

  18. Oooh, sounds delicious! At least portion control is a start 😉 I just need to not eat several portions…

  19. yum! these sound amazing, cheese and potatoes-need i say more?…and i love the portion control…but knowing myself that would prob make me eat a couple thinking that it was ok 😉

  20. These look delicious Lizzy I hope to make apost today!

  21. I love potatoes, so this is perfect for me!

  22. Mhmm, these look delicious! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  23. Very tasty and unusual way to serve potatoes! Glad your hubby encouraged you to make these so you could share this recipe. These are a great item for any meal-yum!

  24. Ꮮуռ (ᶬˠ ᶩᶤᵗᵗᶥᵋ ᵐᵋˢˢᵞ ᴻ ᶜʱᵋᵋᵏᵞ) says:

    Love these! I’m sure this cheesy potato cups are gonna make great snacks at my home! 😉

  25. I love these snacks. Potatoes, cheese and panco must taste excellent.

  26. I have a husband who points out items in cooking magazines and books that he will eat (that would be almost everything). I love this idea of the potatoes in a tin. Definitely saving this. How often do you find cheesy potatoes that are finger food?

  27. what is half and half, Lizzy?
    I do adore cheese, and will eat anything with it 🙂

  28. Bill’s comment was funny! My eldest son loves potatoes, so I’ll think I’ll squirrel this recipe away.

  29. wow..this looks awesome..would love to have some..YUMMY YUMMY..


  30. Balvinder Ubi says:

    Wow! They look nice. Even though potatoes are not welcomed in our house but I cook them with different looks every time. this I am sure I can make my family eat it in breakfast. Can I use plain breadcrumbs?

  31. I think I need to make these soon. Yummy! My guys would love them.

  32. Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

    My Hubby is a big fan of scalloped potatoes. I think he will like this dish! Thank you for sharing, Lizzy!

  33. Cajunlicious says:

    Liz, this is so yummy looking and sounding, wish I had this right now!

  34. Hey Lizzy,
    This is such a fabulous idea – sort of ‘spicy’ muffins:)We love cheese and we love potatoes and this would be an awesome comfort food that my husband will enjoy lots!Thanks for sharing the brilliant idea and lovely presentation too.

  35. These look totally YUM! My problem here would be convincing my husband that no, he really DOESN’T need to eat all of them :-p

  36. Anonymous says:

    Liz, these look soooo good!


  37. I’m with Bill I’d eat these lol. 🙂 I love potatoes!!!

  38. My Bill would eat those too! so would I . . . easily! Potatoes are such a weakness for me! So cute too! Great party appetizer idea, Lizzy!

  39. Love Cook’s Country…and these potatoes! I love that they’re portion controlled, which is perfect for the post-holiday scale-back…

  40. Jennifurla says:

    Those look great, I wouldn’t mind a few on my plate thise evening.

  41. The Café Sucré Farine says:

    These look amazing and and so pretty too! YUM!

  42. Alex would love these, too, Lizzy!

  43. These look delicious–I can see where portion control would be key with them!

  44. Mmm….bite-sized cheesy goodness.

  45. Cassie/Bake Your Day says:

    I want these all to myself. YUM. Great idea to put them in muffin tin. I love this, Liz!

  46. Hey, I like these! I agree with your husband. I’d eat those too!

  47. I’d eat those too! They look delicious.

  48. lisa is cooking says:

    I would definitely eat those as well! The crispy coating from the breadcrumbs is a great touch.

  49. Baker Street says:

    Ooh I love these. Love that they’re in the form of a muffin. Potatoes and cheese is a winner but the breadcrumbs on top is just perfection.

  50. Is nom nom nom an acceptable response? O’tay, nom nom nom mama Liz! *grins*

  51. Elisabeth says:

    Such yummy little personal size potatoes. I would eat one, and not feel guilty on my WW diet!
    Love it:D

  52. anthony stemke says:


  53. These look and sound absolutely amazing!

  54. Yeah, I’d eat that, too! Always nice when you can please the hubby….and these are ah-may-zing! I should rephrase and say I’d eat a dozen or so!

  55. These look perfect! Love the little bite size!

  56. These look amazing! I would definitely serve these at my next party.

  57. I’m pretty sure “Lust” is the right word for how I feel about these potato cheese guys.

  58. The Slow Roasted Italian says:

    These looks amazing!

  59. What a fun side dish, and perfect size so you don’t eat loads of potatoes:-) Hugs, Terra

  60. Pacheco Patty says:

    Great individual size servings, I like these yummy potato goodies for a picnic or tailgate!

  61. Hi Lizzy, sounds yummy!! I love cheese

  62. Chef'nSean says:

    Potatoes and cheese…a great combo!

  63. I’d eat those too. 🙂 And I am going to make some. They sound so easy and look so delicious.

  64. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    No joke, I’m making this as soon as I can. I love potatoes and this looks just perfect for my potato cravings. Wait, I’m on a diet… I hope I can just eat one and be able to control my portion… Grrr!

  65. Those look so good Lizzy! I think my boys would just gobble them up! Thanks for sharing!

  66. My husband and I loved these too! I also recommend the Coconut-Lime Dream Bites (soooo good), the Harvey House Chocolate Puffs (fun) and the Braised Greens from this issue – those were the other recipes I made, and they all turned out great 🙂

  67. Made the whole pork chop/cheesy potatoes/asparagus dinner tonight. Loved it all. One question in cheesy potato recipe- can you elaborate on “dusting” the bottom of the muffin cups. Were some of the bread crumbs supposed to stick to the sides? Mine did not.

    • Hi, Lyn, yes, some crumbs should have stuck to the sides before adding the potatoes. I butter the whole muffin cup well, then add more crumbs that are probably needed. I usually have to turn the pan on its side and rotate to get them to adhere. I think the whole goal to to help with the release of the potatoes. I hope you were able to remove yours without too much trouble. Thanks for the feedback…we loved this meal, too!

  68. Carol Hill says:

    Can these be frozen after baking? I’m making them anyway but it would be good if I could freeze half for another time. It’s just the two of us…

    • Hi, Carol,
      I know potatoes can be kind of finicky when you freeze and reheat them. I’d probably freeze half for a trial run…and see how it goes. I have a feeling they’d still be OK…just not as good as when freshly made. Please let me know if you do, as I’d love to update my post if it works. Another idea would be to just cut this recipe in half and make 6. Thanks for the question!

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