This carrot casserole is the perfect way to entice kids (and adults) to eat their veggies!
Not only are carrots kid-friendly to begin with, but in this tasty casserole they are smothered in a creamy and cheesy sauce, then covered in crunchy potato chips and baked to golden perfection. Using super simple ingredients and with a quick 10 minute prep time, what’s not to love about this recipe?
- This sweet carrot casserole recipe is ready with one dish in just 30 minutes.
- With just 6 ingredients that are likely already on hand, carrot casserole goes with anything and can even be prepped ahead! Simply assemble and chill. Top with chips and bake!
- Mayonnaise is a surprisingly versatile condiment and it’s featured in a lot of vintage recipes like this one.
Ingredients And Variations
FILLING: No need to thaw the carrots! And since frozen carrots come in a variety of shapes, carrot casserole can be a new recipe every time! Mayonnaise, shredded cheddar, and some seasonings are all that’s left to make this simple, cheesy filling.
TOPPING: Potato chips are just for inspiration! Why not try bbq flavored chips, corn chips, Ritz crackers, breadcrumbs, or even saltines?
ADD-INS: Toss in a bag of frozen vegetable medley like peas, onions, and green beans. Sliced mushrooms, celery, shredded zucchini, chopped cauliflower, and broccoli florets are all delish in this dish! Why not toss in leftover carrots that are in the refrigerator. Brown or white rice, elbow macaroni or egg noodles will also add texture and flavor – just be sure to increase the mayo and cheese amounts.
MAKE IT A MAIN DISH: Cubes of ham, leftover shredded chicken, or ground beef will make this dish an entire dinner in one pot! Easy to prep, cook, serve, and clean up!
How to Make Carrot Casserole
- Mix the filling ingredients together and spread over the carrots.
- Sprinkle potato chips over the top and bake until carrots are tender (as per the recipe below).
Family-friendly sides need other fun dishes, too! Try some chicken nuggets, bacon cheeseburger meatballs, and some fun fruit kabobs. This casserole is also perfect served with pork chops or a slow cooker pot roast.
Tips For Success
A little bit of softened cream cheese or sour cream added to the mayonnaise cheese mixture will make the dish extra creamy. Thicker chips work best so they stay crunchy during baking. If the topping starts to brown too soon, tent the casserole dish with foil.
Be sure the carrots (and any other veggies) are cut to a uniform thickness so they bake evenly.
Keep leftover sweet carrot casserole in the refrigerator covered in plastic wrap for up to 3 days. Freeze leftovers in portions for up to 8 weeks. Thaw in the refrigerator, add fresh chips, and bake until heated through.
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease an 8×8 inch casserole dish.
- Place frozen carrots in casserole dish.
- Combine mayonnaise, shredded cheese, and seasonings. Spread over top of carrots.
- Crush up potato chips and sprinkle over top.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, so cheese is melted and carrots are fully cooked.
- Use thick chips so they stay crunchy. And cover with foil to avoid chips browning too much. Remove foil for the last 10 minutes of cook time.
- If using fresh carrots, steam or boil them before adding to the casserole dish. Be sure to cut carrots to a uniform thickness so they bake evenly.
- Why not get creative and try different chip flavors!
- Add a little bit of softened cream cheese or sour cream to the sauce for extra creaminess!
- Refrigerate leftovers covered in plastic wrap for up to 3 days. Freeze leftovers in portions for up to 8 weeks. Thaw frozen casserole in the refrigerator before reheating.
- To reheat, add fresh chips to the top and bake until heated through.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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