Any Blue Blood lovers out there? Anybody watch that show? (I do! I do!) Not just because that hunk of all hunks, Tom Selleck, is on it either! Although… that doesn’t hurt any! (I love good eye candy with a mustache! Swoon!) I instantly fell in love with the show because of the inclusion of a weekly Sunday family dinner! Wowza! Have we even seen that since the “Walton’s”? (Not to date myself !)
I’m a huge believer in Family Dinners. Every other Sunday we have our married kids over for Sunday dinner. One week they come to our house, the next week to our Son-in-laws house. Some weeks our college son is home visiting. Now we have the addition of baby “B” ,in a high chair, jabbering away at us. It’s the BEST! If you’re not having family Sunday dinners…think about it! It’s a fun tradition!
I try to make Sunday dinners a little special. I have a table full of “meat and potato” guys. So, I’m always looking for ways to serve up those spuds! I love this recipe for “Party Potatoes”. These differ from “Funeral Potatoes”. (If you don’t know what those are…you don’t live in Utah! We like to name our dishes after special occasions…like Funerals? Huh?…. Oooookay!) I think Cracker Barrel stole this recipe…but, it’s a bit different. I love the ease of using the frozen shredded hash browns and I really LOVE the buttery crunchy corn flake topping! Baby “B” gave these taters two fists up and a whole lot of drool and “mmmmmm’s”!
Start off by melting the butter. I just pop it in the microwave. Covered. ( Tip: Always cover butter when melting so you don’t have a mess to clean up in your microwave!)
Next add your soup, sour cream and diced green onions.
Blend it all together till it’s a nice smooth mixture.
Did someone say “Cheese”? Add in your cheese! We can’t have potatoes that “party” without cheese! It’s just not possible. EVER! (wink-wink)
Add in your bag of thawed shredded hash browns. Stir it all together.
Spray a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Spread the potato mixture evenly in the dish. Add an additional sprinkling of cheese. I do about 1/2 to 3/4 a cup. It’s just a little extra step I do.
Let’s get rid of some frustrations! (Not saying I have any but, on some days this turns into corn ash!) Smash up your corn flakes. I place mine in a zip lock bag and use my rolling pin to crunch them all up. This way I can just toss the bag when done and have less mess to clean up!
Sprinkle the crushed corn flakes all over the top of the potato and cheese mixture. Melt the remaining butter in a glass measuring cup and slowly pour over the top of the corn flakes trying to cover as much of the top as possible. You want those corn flakes as buttery and crunchy as you can get them. It’s the “gold” on top!
Pop them in the oven at 350 for 45 minutes. Tick-tock…Tick-tock…all that yummy goodness cooking away! See the “gold” on top…crazy crunchiness going on there!
It’s time to Par-tay! We can celebrate with these Ooey-gooey cheesy party potatoes that will go beautifully with our Sunday Family Dinner!
These are so fantastic served with roasted chicken, pork roast, steaks, ham, you name it. Such a comforting side dish that is gobbled up in a flash by all! Some how comfort foods and family just seem to go together!
That’s our family recipe for Party Potato Casserole. It was actually given to us, years ago, from a church friends Mom. She was an amazing cook. I love those wonderful little church cookbooks! Don’t you? They contain the BEST family recipes handed down from generation to generation. NO ONE cooked as good as Grandma and the Church ladies cooked!
Have a FANTASTIC DAY! Find something to be joyful about! Life is about being the little things! Thanks for stopping by my Nest!