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Cheesy Party Potatoes With Corn Flakes: Crock-Pot Recipe

I am married, and I have kids. When cooking, I take a lot of recipe inspiration from my mom.

If you make this cheesy potato recipe for a party, chances are good that you will have very few leftovers.

If you make this cheesy potato recipe for a party, chances are good that you will have very few leftovers.

Uh-oh, Company's Coming Over!

My daughter's birthday was coming up, and naturally this meant people were going to be coming over to celebrate. That doesn't bother me—but, when it comes people coming over, I have a tendency to overdo it in the "food" category.

This time was going to be different. I have been trying to work on my "party planning" skills, and, while I knew what the main dish was going to be, I had no idea what to serve on the side. So, since I was serving turkey and gravy sandwiches, the suggestion was to go with a Thanksgiving theme and do potatoes and cranberries as a side.

That was a great idea, and I knew just the potato recipe I wanted to use . . . only I didn't have it. It was my mom's!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

7 hours

7 hours 15 min

1 cup, 36 servings

This recipe will serve a large group of people. If you want to make it for just your family, cut the recipe in half. In addition, if you find your potatoes are not creamy enough, feel free to add another can of soup. I only used one.

This recipe will serve a large group of people. If you want to make it for just your family, cut the recipe in half. In addition, if you find your potatoes are not creamy enough, feel free to add another can of soup. I only used one.

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds hash browns, shredded
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup, condensed
  • 16 ounces lite sour cream
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 16 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • about 2 cups plain corn flakes, crushed (optional)

Instructions

  1. Spray the inside of your crock-pot with nonstick cooking spray. This will help prevent sticking.
  2. Chop the onion. I used a yellow onion for this batch, but feel free to use any onion you prefer. You can also melt the butter so it is ready to go.
  3. Add the potatoes to the crock-pot. Add the remainder of the ingredients, with the exception of the crushed corn flakes. Save those until shortly before serving.
  4. Set the crock-pot on low and cook for about 7 hours. (Cooking time will vary depending on your crock-pot, so don't hesitate to check in every once in a while.) You can also place this on high for a couple of hours if you want to decrease the cooking time. Be sure to watch it and stir as needed because the high setting will get the potatoes cooking fast.
  5. Add crushed corn flakes, if desired, about an hour before serving. This allows the corn flakes to warm up but not get soggy by sitting in the crock-pot all day.
  6. Dish out and enjoy!
Using a crock-pot for party side dishes is a great way to have a great meal while being able to enjoy time with your guests. Just dump in the ingredients, and you're done!

Using a crock-pot for party side dishes is a great way to have a great meal while being able to enjoy time with your guests. Just dump in the ingredients, and you're done!

What Do You Think?

Disclaimer

The nutrition facts above are just a guideline. As with most recipes, the calorie amount can change depending on the brand of ingredients you use. This, however, will give you a general guideline of how much is in each serving if you feel the need to track your calories.

The Pros and the Cons

Pros

  • Easy to Make: This recipe is pretty easy to make, and that is just one of the many benefits. Using a crock-pot for this recipe means you can get the food ready and have it cleaned up before anybody gets there. However, if you choose, you can also make this in the oven.
  • You Can Substitute Lower-Fat Ingredients: For the most part, this recipe isn't too bad for you, calorie-wise. After all, 150 calories for a cheesy side dish can't be beat. You can also easily cut the calories down by using low-calorie and no-fat ingredients. The condensed soup, sour cream, and cheese are great ways to slash (or add) calories to this dish. If done with healthy choices, this recipe is a perfect comfort-food treat for someone watching their waistline.

Cons

  • Addictive: Unfortunately, there is one big con with this recipe: It is addictive! This means you might have your family begging you to make these potatoes again and again and again, even if you just made them the night before.
  • You Can Never Make Enough: On top of that, you might not have enough to fully satisfy everybody (no matter how much you make) because people will just keep eating and eating and eating. That also means you probably won't have many leftovers, either. But I guess if you must take the cons with the pros, this isn't too bad of a con to have. But for now—you have been warned.

So, what are you waiting for? Get to the store, get your ingredients, and get this on the table tonight. Your family will be thanking you!

With tasty side dishes, you can offer your guests a complete meal they will rave about. Pictured with the cheesy potatoes is a turkey gravy sandwich with cheese and cranberries.

With tasty side dishes, you can offer your guests a complete meal they will rave about. Pictured with the cheesy potatoes is a turkey gravy sandwich with cheese and cranberries.

Crock-Pot Recipes Are the Way to Go for a Party!

When it comes to cooking for large groups of people, my mom is a pro. She always comes up with great ideas so we are always having something different. A lot of times, she puts the crock-pot to good use so she can actually enjoy the party instead of being stuck in the kitchen cooking for the crowd. So, when I decided to make potatoes for my daughter's birthday party dinner, my mom was the first person I called to get the recipe!

In my family, we have had these potatoes several times. If they aren't on the menu, you will actually hear someone grumbling. So, for safety's sake, they are almost always available when we all get together. However, my husband's family has never tried these before, so it was kind of fun to see their reaction. Let's just say the recipe didn't disappoint. I saw several people going back for more, and the leftovers, well, barely made enough for another meal.

More Recipe to Sink Your Teeth Into!

Chicken Flamingo - My Favorite Copycat recipe: If you have ever gone to a restaurant and wished you could make that at home, this is the perfect example of a copycat recipe that gets it right and pleases the whole family.

Chicken Breast Surprise: This dish is the perfect concoction from leftover ingredients made the night before. However, don't hesitate to run to the store to get the ingredients just to make it!

Comments

Krys on September 14, 2018:

How long and what temp if you cooked in the oven?

3dsmom on May 12, 2018:

Can I skip the sour cream? Or is there a substitute for it? I’m planning on making this tonight and forgot the sour cream !

Rayne on December 19, 2016:

Made this for a family party yesterday and it was a hit. There were 20 people there and we only had one little portion left when we were done eating.

I used 4 tsp of onion powder, added salt and pepper. Added melted butter to the corn flakes. I cooked them on high in the crockpot for 2.5 hours and then added the cornflakes and turned it to warm. It made a yummy crispy edge on the sides and bottom.

jerney on March 26, 2016:

Saw do you thaw the hash browns first or put them in Frozen I'm going to make them for Easter tomorrow yum yum

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on November 24, 2015:

This looks delicious. I'm going to try this recipe next month and give it a go. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

kraw333 on July 17, 2015:

Good recipe. The girls at work devoured it. The only thing I did different was add salt and pepper.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 08, 2014:

yummy, i ran out of cheese, gonna get them tomorrow

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on March 21, 2013:

@Vacation Trip - Thank you ... they are yummy. Hope you get a chance to try them!

Susan from India on March 18, 2013:

Wow. This looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing.

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on March 15, 2013:

@lln - This will feed a crowd. We have done it for numerous occasions but I will admit... there is very leftover whether I have 10 people or 20 eating it. But this should feed 14 just fine! :)

lln on March 15, 2013:

how many does this serve? They sound great, having a group of 14 over and wondering if one batch will do it? Some are pretty big eaters...:)

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on January 09, 2013:

@Gen - Sorry I didn't respond to you earlier. I was on vacation with my family and haven't been around to check my Hubpages account. I will note this in the article. For me, I take them straight from the freezer. The only defrost time is when I set all my ingredients out to prep. So no need to defrost. It works straight out of the freezer. :) Hope you enjoyed them!

Gen on December 30, 2012:

Just wondering if you put the potatoes in frozen or defrost them first? Doesn't specify in the recipe or any comments! I have them out defrosting tonite to put in crock pot in am for dinner tomorrow night!

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on September 05, 2012:

@indian cooking - Thank you so much for sharing. I appreciate it! Hope you try this great combination of ingredients. I hope to be making it soon! :)

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on September 04, 2012:

@divacratus - Usually the only complaint I get is that people enjoying them just can't get enough... and the complaint isn't usually a negative either... unless of course I have run out! :) Thanks for stopping by. This is a killer combination. I hope you enjoy them! :)

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on September 04, 2012:

@newusedcarssacram - I think the hardest part of this whole thing is not going back for a second helping! Hope you enjoy it!

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on September 04, 2012:

@Just Ask Susan - Glad you guys enjoyed them. It has been awhile since I have made these... I am thinking I might have to do it again for an upcoming BBQ! :)

Sonia Sood from Mumbai on August 29, 2012:

I agree with you. It is tempting enough to make another batch. Tweeted and pinned!

Kalpana Iyer from India on August 29, 2012:

Looks yum! I am a fan of potatoes and cheese individually so I can imagine how it would be for me if you paired 'em up. Like you said, I won't be able to stop. Thanks for sharing!

newusedcarssacram from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A on August 28, 2012:

Very useful recipe to prepare. Doesn't required much effort...it seems easy to cook and serve...will try this...up!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on August 28, 2012:

Made these and we just finished dinner. They all went and everyone loved them. Had pork chops salad and your cheesy potatoes. MMMM Good!

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on August 23, 2012:

@Peggy W - I will join you for a helping. To bad I don't have any. I guess I will have to wait until grocery shopping! And I agree - let's not talk about the calories! :)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 23, 2012:

Yummy! Can I have a helping right now? Reading this made me hungry and it is not yet dinner time. Will have to get some hash brown potatoes in the house and forget about the calories for the meals in which we are enjoying them. Why is it all the good things are calorie laden? Ha! Up votes!

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on July 16, 2012:

@cyoung35 - Enjoy... this is definitely a tasty combo!

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on July 16, 2012:

@Marisaupa - I have made these several times and I am still not over them so I hope you don't find them overly addicting. That being said, please let me know what your thoughts are on them after you make them. Hope you enjoy and love them as much as I do! :)

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on July 16, 2012:

@Cousin Fudd - You are now the second person who has mentioned the Cracker Barrel in the last week... I have never had it... but I will when I head back to the midwest for Christmas. I am going to make a point of it now! :)

I love cheese too.... I am now going to have to start adding cheese to my mashed potatoes! :)

Chad Young from Corona, CA on July 13, 2012:

Mmmmm...Nothing is better than potatoes or cheese. Mixing them together is heaven. great recipe, I can't wait to try this out.

Maria Sol on July 13, 2012:

Looks delicious. This would seem to lend itself well as a comfort snack food on its own or as an excellent side dish. I will try it out this weekend.

I hope that I don't get addicted.

Great recipe!

Cousin Fudd on July 12, 2012:

I love potatoes about any way you can fix them and my grandsons must have cheese on their mashed potatoes. The hash browns are a nice addition and I always have them when we go for breakfast at Cracker Barrell.

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on May 15, 2012:

@alocsin - Thank you so much - They are incredible... just coming back to this hub makes me want to make another batch. Yummy! :)

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on May 13, 2012:

The recipe sounds good enough by itself but then your provided pictures, which makes them irresistible. Voting this Up and Useful. SHARED.

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on May 11, 2012:

Margaret Scarboro - The whole thing is just devine... hope you get a chance to try them soon! :)

Margaret Scarboro on May 11, 2012:

I love potatoes, period! And cheese just enhances the flavor. Good job!

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on May 07, 2012:

@Victoria Lynn - These potatoes are mighty tasty. Hope you get to try them soon... I promise you wont' be disappointed! :)

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on May 07, 2012:

@Sharyn - You know - I was wondering if these potatoes would taste good if you make it with cream of mushroom soup. Afterall, I almost always have that on hand because it is used for so much. I love my party potatoes, but I have to admit, it is good to have guests when you prepare them... that way - you don't eat them all. Although leftovers do taste mighty good! :)

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on May 06, 2012:

This looks amazing!!!!! Going to have to save this one to try. Voted up and many others!

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on May 06, 2012:

I absolutely love "corn flake potatoes" which is what I call them. I also have heard them called Party Potatoes. I can never get enough of these. If there does happen to be any leftovers, I hide them since they are really good microwaved the next day too. In my family, we make them with Cream of Mushroom or Celery soup since we have some vegetarians. They still taste great! Yum, now I'm craving 'em.

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on May 03, 2012:

@bryanbaldwin - These are mighty delicious! :) Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy them!

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on May 02, 2012:

@SilkThimble - It is mighty tasty... hope you get a chance to make this. Enjoy!

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on May 02, 2012:

@Marcy Goodfleisch - That doesn't really surprise me that they would be nicknamed funeral potatoes... it is an easy enough recipe to make a large batch for a large group of people. I think that is why it works so well with our family. When we all get together, it is usually a large group!

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on May 02, 2012:

@Brett - I think the only thing that a host might want is some leftovers... these are super yummy and there are hardly any left! Thanks for stopping by!

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on May 02, 2012:

@What is Q - I too love cheese.. I blame it on my Wisconsin upbringing... after all, we do where cheese on our head. Although mostly that is just done in football rituals and not on every day normal activities. But then it makes me wonder... cheese facials... would that make your skin have a smooth and milky texture? Hmmm - very thought provoking. As for the cheesy potatoes.. I will have to say, I am sorry but I wont' fedex you any of the cheesy potatoes. There just won't be any left... ever... cause they are addicting. That being said, when you move to Wisconsin for the cheese... I will send you to my mom's house the next time she makes these... that way you can try them when they are hot ;)

bryanbaldwin from Los Angeles on May 01, 2012:

Yum!

SilkThimble from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 01, 2012:

Looks yummy! Going on the To Try list :-)

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on May 01, 2012:

We call these Funeral Potatoes in my church (it's a typical casserole dish for those gatherings). But everyone loves them for any meal, so they're popular all the time. I've never heard of making them in the crockpot - what a great idea! It would meld the flavors even more, free up the oven, and make your house smell so yummy!

Voted up and awesome!

Brett C from Asia on May 01, 2012:

Tasty, easy and reasonably healthy (well, for a cheesy dish! lol). What more could you want when hosting ...

Shared, up and useful.

Adam from Tennessee on April 29, 2012:

I am commenting on this because I like cheese. I like cheese so much, that I am moving to Wisconsin in a couple of months, where it is not uncommon to wear cheese on one's head, which is what I like to do, wear cheese on my face, kind of like Hannibal Lector when he wore someone else's face on his face, but not quite as weird as that, and nothing I've said has anything to do with potatoes, but I don't like potatoes as much as I like cheese, which is why I'm not moving to Idaho. And although this dish sounds delicious and I thought about printing off the pictures and eating them, I'm not willing to spend 7 hours preparing a meal, which is why I think you should cook it for me and FedEx it to my house in Wisconsin. Can you use frosted flakes instead of corn flakes? Frosted flakes are great.

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on April 25, 2012:

@Ardie - Thanks for the big ole 5.... now when you try them... I bet you will think they are a 6! I love crock pot recipes too... they are easy and the kitchen seems to stay clean!

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on April 25, 2012:

@CookwareBliss - Hope you get a chance to try them soon. Let me know what you think of them! :)

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on April 25, 2012:

@Ruchira - The cornflakes are the best part of the dish... not that they really give much taste... but they sure make it look pretty before it's served! Hope you enjoy these!

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on April 25, 2012:

@Millionaire Tips - Whenever we have company over for a meal I almost always, unless we are grilling out, attempt to come up with something that can be made in the crockpot. There is nothing worse than sitting in the kitchen preparing food while company sits in the other room watching your TV. It also cuts back on the stress because you don't have to worry about guests seeing a messy kitchen. Hope you get a chance to try the potatoes!

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on April 25, 2012:

@HawaiiHeart - What a great suggestion. I think I might have to try that as well. I bet it would make them even more amazing! :)

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on April 25, 2012:

@vespawoolf - How sad that you don't have all the ingredients to make these where you live. At least your able to see the pictures. I would send you some but not sure they would make it. ;)

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on April 25, 2012:

@duffsmom - These are definitely a winning combination in our house! Hope you family likes them as much! :)

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on April 25, 2012:

@Just Ask Susan - Did you get a chance to try these yet? Wondering how your family loved them... I think I am going to make them sometime in the next week after I go grocery shopping again! :)

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on April 24, 2012:

@bearnmom - Your son will definatley love these. Hope you get a chance to make them for your family soon!

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on April 24, 2012:

@kelleyward - My mom always makes these at the last minute so she partially bakes them and then she throws them in the crockpot. Either way - they are incredibly delicious! :)

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on April 24, 2012:

@ishwaryaa22 - I think I want to come to your house - hashbrowns everyday for breakfast. Yummy! This is definitely a great recipe... and a good opportunity to have hash browns for a different meal of the day!

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on April 24, 2012:

@J.S.Matthew - I can't wait for you to try this recipe. It is absolutley incredible! Let me know what you think once you get a chance to try it! :)

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on April 24, 2012:

@homesteadbound - I hope you get a chance to try them soon. Let me know what you think!

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on April 24, 2012:

@Real - I have some leftover hashbrowns... I might just have to make these this weekend... yummy!

Sondra from Neverland on April 23, 2012:

Excellent recipe BG! I am giving you a big old 5 because I love anything I can toss in the crock pot :)

CookwareBliss from Winneconne, WI on April 21, 2012:

This looks tasty! Plan on pinning and trying soon:) Thanks for SHARING!

Ruchira from United States on April 21, 2012:

Seriously, Corn flakes...wow!

Gotta try this BBg...thanks and voted up as awesome and interesting ('cause of the cornflakes)

Shasta Matova from USA on April 21, 2012:

I hadn't thought of crockpot meals as a party idea, but what a terrific idea - it would certainly help to get things done ahead so you have the time to put on the last minute finishing touches. The potatoes look delicious.

HawaiiHeart from Hawaii on April 21, 2012:

Yummy indeed! I think adding some bacon will make it even more indulgent =).

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on April 21, 2012:

These potatoes sound absolutely delicious...the only problem is we don't have sour cream, cheddar cheese or cream of chicken soup in Peru! I'll just have to look at the photo and drool. : )

P. Thorpe Christiansen from Pacific Northwest, USA on April 21, 2012:

Sounds wonderful. Will definitely try this one.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on April 21, 2012:

This recipe sounds tasty and I’ll be trying it soon. We are big potato fans at my house and I’m always looking for new ways to make them.

Pinning this so that it’ll be easier to find your recipe when I need it. Up, awesome, useful and sharing.

Laura L Scotty from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 21, 2012:

I'll have to try this one because I have a potato and cheese son. This is something my family would like made for a family gathering.

kelleyward on April 20, 2012:

My mother in law makes cheesy potato recipe that she bakes rather than in a crock pot. This is a quick and easy way of making this great tasting dish. Yum!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on April 20, 2012:

Hash potatoes is one of my favorite foods! I enjoyed reading this yummy recipe and the photos looked delicious. The crockpot idea is a very smart idea and a helpful way of spending time with the guests. I agree with the fact that people keep coming back for more as whenever I travel with my family, I ensure that I have hash potatoes daily for breakfast! I rated it 4.5! Well-done!

Thanks for SHaring. Useful & Awesome. Voted up.

JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on April 20, 2012:

Wow! I love all the ingredients, yet I would never have thought to put this all together! Definitely going to save this for a party down the road! Voted up and shared!

JSMatthew~

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on April 20, 2012:

Oh my! I am hungry after reading this! I am definitely planning on making this soon! Sounds so yummy!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on April 20, 2012:

Looks delicious!! I love the added corn flakes! I have never heard of that but I just know it would be great!! Thanks - this is terrific for entertaining a lot of people - which I do a lot of!

Up beautiful, awesome, delicious!