Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Grandma's Cheesy "Old School" Hash Brown Potato Casserole - 52 "Old School" Church Potluck Casserole Side Dishes

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Oh Boy are these delicious!  And they just scream Grandma's recipe file.  This has been around for decades, easy to picture any of our Grannies serving this up at any number of Church Basements for those nostalgic Potluck suppers I love so much.

Yeap, this is the Cream of Mushroom soup recipe.

Yeap, this is the Corn Flakes crushed over the top recipe.

And Yeap, this is the potato casserole recipe that is perfect for those large gatherings.  Easier than whipped potatoes, can be assembled in advance so all you have to do is bake (while the turkey rests).

And best of all, this is the pan of food that is on everyone's "Seconds" plate.  It tastes so good that people can't get enough.  If any dish is empty after the meal, this is that recipe!

All those new fangled side dishes out there, dozens (hundreds of dozens maybe) of new ways to make potatoes, but this is that recipe that sticks with you.

Grandma knew best.

ENJOY indeed!

 OK... Here's what I did...

Cheesy Hash Brown Potato Casserole

  • 1 Can Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 Cups Sour Cream
  • large pinch of Salt
  • Large pinch of Pepper (to Taste, I used 3 or 4 large pinches, I like a peppery casserole)
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Sliced Green Onions (Thin slices, green and white parts
  • 5 Cups Frozen Hash Browns (thawed)
  • 2 Cups Crushed Corn Flake Cereal
  • 1/4 Cup (4 TBS, half a stick) Butter, melted
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9X13 Casserole dish with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the soup, sour Cream, Salt and Pepper. Stir in the Cheese, Onions and Hash Browns. Mix until evenly combined.
  3. Spoon into the baking dish.
  4. In a mixing bowl, mix the Corn Flakes and the melted butter. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the potatoes.
  5. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes until the Corn Flakes have started to crisp and crust and the juices inside the casserole are bubbling. Remove from oven and cover with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 15 minutes,
  6. Serve HOT and ENJOY!


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Ways to Cook Side Dish Recipes"!!!

Sure the meat gets all the glory but real cooks know it's the spread... the specialty Side Dishes that makes a meal rise or fall. Here's a few of my favorite recipes that will help to create that illusive COMPLETE MENU!

LOTS of Potato Sides, Vegetable Sides, Specialty Salads, Bread and MORE!


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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