Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Quick Potato Casserole

RileyAdamsFoodBlogPostpic_thumb_thumb[3]Having children around means that every holiday is special. I think that’s because kids really like to make a big deal over holidays—the bigger a deal, the better!

Easter is one of those holidays. The children have certain expectations about the day. We’ll go to church, we’ll put a flower on the cross outside, we’ll have an Easter egg hunt---and we’ll have a big meal.on_white_04

Food is definitely a big way in the South to mark holidays. Which is great—we all love to eat. But sometimes it gets tough to juggle a bunch of entrees at once—particularly if they’re complicated. This one is super easy and children really like it.

Quick Potato Casserole


2 pound bag frozen hash browns
1 can cream of chicken soup (fat free is fine)
1 pint plain yogurt (you could use 8 oz. of a light sour cream)
1 cup chopped onion
2 cups grated cheese
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1 cup crushed crackers or croutons
3/4 cup melted margarine

Preheat oven to 350. Coat a casserole dish (I use 11 x 7) with cooking spray. Place hash browns in the bottom of the dish. Mix soup, yogurt, onion, cheese, salt, and pepper together and spoon on top of hash browns. Sprinkle dressing/crushed crackers on the top and drizzle the margarine over the crackers. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Serves 8-10.

IMG_20110419_175503Hope you’ll have a wonderful Easter!

Delicious and Suspicious (July 6 2010) Riley Adams
Pretty is as Pretty Dies –Elizabeth Spann Craig


  1. I am always grateful for another easy potato casserole. Thank you! Delicious and Suspicious. Sounds like a tasty read.

  2. Simple, easy, kid-friendly. What could be better!


  3. I have a recipe similar to this and my (grown) kids and grandkids expect it at every family holiday meal! I make a big 9X13 pan and there is never any left over! It's so good I could just eat it and skip everything else!

  4. I love this Elizabeth the kids like casseroles. There would be nothing left I am sure of it. I also like the ease of the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a great idea, Elizabeth. Sounds like comfort food! I love the use of yogurt in it, too. Bet you can't tell the difference between the yogurt and the sour cream versions.

    ~ Krista

  6. How delicious! Looks like a great dish for the kids to make too. Of course, mine are 40-something, so I'll definitely pass it along ;)

  7. Jacqueline--Thanks so much! :)

    Avery--I usually have all of these ingredients around the kitchen, too. I try to keep hash browns in my freezer for just this reason. :)

    TNelson--That's a great idea! Potato casserole for Easter! Who cares about ham? Ha!

    ~ Babs ~--Hope they'll enjoy it! The onions can be reduced to make it even more kid-friendly. :)

    Krista--I really can't taste the difference between the yogurt and sour cream version (and of course yogurt is just so much healthier!)

    Molly--Any grand-babies yet? If so, I think they'll really like this. :)

  8. I just love these easy recipes. Especially lately, with so much busy-ness.
    Thanks, Elizabeth!

  9. Like Jacqueline, I'm always on the hunt for a new way to make potatoes! This looks like an easy and tasty addition to almost any dinner table. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday weekend.

    Happy Easter!
    ~ Cleo Coffeehouse
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  10. We in the South do enjoy celebrating holidays (and any occasion) with food. This sounds and looks yummy. Can't wait to try it.

    Thoughts in Progress

  11. Late to the party, Elizabeth, but I love the idea of using yogurt! Besides the smaller containers of fruit flavors, I often buy the big cartons of plain, and have some left, then wonder what to make to use up the rest! Thanks so much for the tip. You always have such great ideas to share!

  12. I made the recipe using greek yogurt, and it was a big hit. My only comment would be that when I shopped for ingredients, I bought grated cheese, as in cheese to top pasta with. When I started to make it, I realized I needed shredded cheese, not grated. It may be a regional difference in expressions.
    Anyway, the "kids" in the family- the twenty-somethings, told me to keep this recipe!
    Thanks for sharing it with us!