Famous Steakhouse Potatoes Romanoff Recipe: What Happened in Vegas Didn't Stay in Vegas by Donna John

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a year ago

Famous Steakhouse Potatoes Romanoff Recipe: What Happened in Vegas Didn't Stay in Vegas

Potatoes Romanoff has a history that begins in a restaurant called Strip House in Las Vegas with a chef named John Schenk. He created the cheesy potato casserole based on a recipe his mom made for him growing up. Think of an elevated steakhouse version of funeral potatoes. The popularity of the steakhouse recipe didn't just stay in Vegas, but is now known all across the U.S.

Raw shallots and white pepper elevate this potato recipe to steakhouse status. When researching this recipe, one food blogger recommended sweating the shallots in butter before adding them to the mix. Personally, I like them added raw, but if you're not a big shallot fan, it does take the edge off. You could use chopped green onions in place of the shallots, if desired.

Be sure to cook the potatoes the day before and refrigerate so they're cold when you prep the dish. The potatoes can be baked in the oven or in the microwave until tender. Serve this easy potato casserole with steak, chicken, lamb, pork, seafood or whatever protein makes you feel like a winner.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes 
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 3 large russet potatoes, baked until tender and refrigerated overnight
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 3 teaspoons kosher salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper (or to taste)
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups grated sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1 3/4 cups sour cream

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Grate the cold potatoes with a box grater.
  2. In a bowl, combine the grated potatoes, shallots, salt, white pepper and cayenne. Toss gently to combine. Stir in the cheese and sour cream. Stir until just combined. Pour the mixture into a buttered casserole dish. 
  3. Bake in a preheated 425-degree F oven for about 30 minutes or until top is lightly browned. 

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Casserole Dishes $10 & Up
White Pepper $4 & Up
Cayenne $3 & Up
Box Graters $7 & Up

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Elisa Schmitz
What a fun back story behind this recipe. Thank you for sharing, it makes it even more interesting!

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