TRASHY Company Potatoes
What do you always make when company comes over? My family loves company potatoes. This dish is demanded by yours truly (and several cousins) at every holiday.
It’s a quick casserole to whip up and re-heats well. Not that there’s ever leftovers at Thanksgiving. Normally, this has cream of chicken soup, but I make it with mushroom (because Campbell’s added chicken bits and they are gross).
I’ve seen this called funeral potatoes as well, but who wants to wait for someone to die to get this goodness? Just kidding, but seriously these are so good that you should rejoice with them at all possible occasions.
If I make these for myself, usually it’s vegetarian. But here is a dirty secret: I AM BACON EATER. Despite calling myself vegetarian I eat bacon. I know I know. I still call myself a vegetarian because I would rather starve than eat a chicken sandwich or a juicy burger or a ham sandwich.
But sometimes the call of bacon is too much and I give in. Plus it’s more like crunchy, salty texture accents in this so it’s okay right? Right.
1 package hash browns thawed (SOUTHERN STYLE ONLY)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 container sour cream (16 oz)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 medium sweet yellow onion, chopped
2 cups cornflakes
pepper to taste
OPTIONAL TRASHY PART: 8 slices cooked bacon
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Grease 9×13 pan.
3. In large bowl, dump cheese, sour cream, cream of mushroom, onion, half of melted butter (1/2 stick melted), and 4 slices worth of bacon bits. Sprinkle pepper. Mix.
4. Add hash browns. Be sure to pick out unsightly potatoes! Company is coming!
5. Mix hash browns and other gloppy stuff up.
6. In a plastic bag, crush cornflakes. Don’t make dust, but break them roughly in half to quarter of original corn flake size.
7. Add other half of melted butter to crushed cornflakes and mix.
8. Add potato mixture to pan and sprinkle buttery corn flakes on top. Sprinkle bacon bits on.
9. Bake for an hour and check for done-ness. Potatoes will be hot and soft. Bake time will depend on how thawed potatoes are.
The company potatoes will be hot! They need to cool or you will burn your tongue.
Notes: The OG version of these has cream of chicken soup, but I replace it with cream of mushroom soup because vegetarian. Grandma insists that the frozen potatoes have to be southern style. These are available next to the regular frozen hash browns and Orieda makes some and HEB has the generic version.
This would also be great with green onions (added to individual servings) on top, but that might almost be too much.
Ingredients assembled! Onions chopped!
Things dumped into bowl!
Potatoes mixed in and dumped into pan!
Cooked and ready to eat! Maximum tasty to prep time ratio!
Time to nom!