Thursday, February 18, 2010

church potatoes

I'm sure you've seen and used a version of this recipe about a million times, but this one is my favorite. My mom has always called them "church potatoes" because they're a hit at church luncheon's or suppers, and easy to make/reheat!

*1 large package frozen hash brown style potatoes (or "country style" potatoes, which are cubed with peppers and onions)
*2 cans cream of celery soup
*1 - 8 oz carton of Garden Vegetable Philadelphia cream cheese
*Optional: Italian bread crumbs & melted butter for topping
*Optional: 1 cup cheddar cheese

Heat the soup & cream cheese in a bowl in the microwave until the cream cheese begins to melt. Stir or whisk to blend. Fold in the frozen potatoes. If you're using the cheddar (like I did!) you can fold in half of the cheese now. Pour into a buttered casserole dish (if I'm making a full batch, I usually use a large round casserole or 9 x 13 rectangular casserole. If I'm making a half batch for home, I just use an 8" round casserole dish). Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, until bubbly. Toppings: For the last 10-15 minutes of baking time, sprinkle Italian bread crumbs over the top and drizzle melted butter/margarine over the crumbs to create a crunchy, yummy topping. Or, sprinkle the 2nd half cup of cheddar over top (I'm usually lazy and sprinkle the cheese before baking, that way I don't have to pull them out again until eatin' time!)



  1. Yum. E.
    I have a version of this casserole too and everyone always wants me to make it. It's just so darn good!

  2. Ha! "Church potatoes" is so right. These are always a hit at the various breakfasts my church holds.

  3. OMG! That looks like 5 pounds on my behind! No wonder they're good.

  4. Those sound awesome! I will be making them! thanks for the recipe!!

  5. Awesome. Where I grew up, people mostly brought pasta-based dishes to church suppers. I can make 426 different kinds of noodle-caserole. This looks much more interesting.

    Seriously, my word verification now is "common". what's with the real words this week? and only on your blog, no one else's. freaky.

  6. Oooo this looks good! I have got to try this!

  7. Yum!!! I've never seen or heard of those, but now I want some. Yummy!


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