Party Potatoes Deluxe


Party Potatoes Deluxe are a staple at my family’s holiday get-togethers. Creamy, crunchy, and decadent!

Crunchy Party Potatoes Deluxe |

I am this excited to share today’s Week of Thanksgiving Favorites recipe with you: Party Potatoes Deluxe!

I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!!! (Hey, there’s a time and a place for multi exclamation points, and this is definitely it!)


Party Potatoes Deluxe is my Mom’s specialty potato dish that she serves every year for not only Thanksgiving, but also Christmas, Easter and every special occasion in between. I can’t remember a single holiday over the last 25+ years where it hasn’t been served.


In case you hadn’t picked up on it, butter puts the deluxe in Party Potatoes Deluxe. And the party, for that matter. It gives the creamy dish a rich and decadent flavor, and the crushed cornflake crumbs on top an audible crunch.


While mashed potatoes & gravy will always have their place at the Thanksgiving table, my family will always make room for Party Potatoes Deluxe!


Party Potatoes Deluxe

Serves 8


Party Potatoes Deluxe are a staple at my family's holiday get-togethers. Creamy, crunchy, and decadent!


  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, divided
  • 1lb country-style frozen hash browns, thawed
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup crushed corn flakes


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt 1/4 cup butter in an 8x8 casserole dish in the oven while it heats.
  2. Meanwhile, combine hash browns, green onion, sour cream, cheese and soup in a large bowl. Transfer mixture to the casserole dish after the butter has melted. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  3. Melt remaining 1/4 cup butter in the microwave, then mix with crushed cornflakes. Sprinkle on top of the potatoes evenly and bake for 15 more minutes.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,


This ultimate potato dish is definitely a bit high on the calorie scale, but for a special holiday, it’s worth the splurge. Hope you’ll give it a shot (I know Iowa Mom Eats would be very pleased!)


In other news, I have to share the workout you’ll want to squeak in before you make these bad boys. You butter better believe you’re going to need it – muwahaha! ;)

So, back story, I’m working on a big recipe page update project for the blog (pumped!) and every night I’ve been taking an hour or two to go back through my old posts and categorize/reformat all the recipes I’ve made over the past 2 1/2 years.


Although it’s tedious, it’s also kind of fun to weed through my past life and take note of what’s changed over the years.

For one, I use far less exclamation marks in my posts these days. (I can’t believe!!! I used to type!!! LIKE THIS!!!!! ;) )

Also, I was a hard core gym rat last year! Like, regularly spent an hour there on cardio alone. Who was I?

It’s not like I phone it in these days, but I’m at a weird point between saying goodbye to outdoor running, and embracing the gym for the winter season, and am certainly not putting in the kind of hours I was last year…which probably explains the extra “winter padding” I’ve accumulated over the past couple weeks.

Double blerg.

Anyway, yesterday I found this 30-10-20 Cardio Workout that I described as “fun” and proclaimed to “love” last winter, so I decided to give it a shot again today to see if I still felt the same:

30 Minute Treadmill Run (including 1 minute on either end for warm-up/cool down)

Time Speed
0-1 4.0
1-6 6.5
6-11 7.0
11-16 7.5
16-21 6.5
21-26 7.0
26-31 7.5
31-32 4.0
Total: 3.7 miles

10 Minute Treadmill Walk

Time Speed Incline
0-10 4.0-4.2 4-5%
Total: .7 miles

20 Minutes Stair Stepper

Time Steps Per Minute
0-3 60
3-5 80
5-6 100
6-9 60
9-11 80
11-12 100
12-15 60
15-17 80
17-18 100
18-20 60

The last 10 minutes of the stair stepper routine kind of dragged on, but yep – totally doable and I felt great afterwards. Kind of got me excited to get into more of a routine at the gym.

Have a great night!


How was your life different now than it was 1 year ago?

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  1. Sandy a la Mode 11.14.2011

    this looks amazing! and like something i need to make for a work potluck!!

  2. Morgan 11.14.2011

    Those look DELISH!

  3. this looks very similar to my mother-in-law’s famous cheesy potatoes… it’s not a holiday without them!

    my life is very different from one year ago! we live in a house (not our old apartment) have another dog (one became two) and a promotion in my job allowed me to work from home (best change yet!)

  4. Machelle 11.14.2011

    i WILL be makin those taters, cuz taters are my fav-o-rite food! you really can not have too many potato dishes on the table…..i’m sure of that! hmmmm….a year ago i was employed, now i am searching for a job. since i worked for my ex-husband….this is not entirely a bad thing! ha! and ya…..i might need an exclamation mark intervention!!!!!!! see?!!? :)

  5. Katie 11.14.2011

    I love these potatoes! We call them funeral potatoes here in Utah…

    • Jane 11.14.2011

      We never call them funeral potatoes (KS), but we always have them at funerals too! Sad reason to eat something so awesome…

    • Cassie 11.14.2011

      I’ve always called them funeral potatoes too! At my cousin’s wedding, I kept telling my husband, Look, there’s funeral potatoes!!! All he would do is shake his head and say, we’re at a wedding dear, not a funeral…He totally doesn’t get it (And I was *slightly* intoxicated, so I’m sure I was a little over the top lol)

  6. Ange 11.14.2011

    I believe down here in the South (TN) we call this Hashbrown casserole ;)

    You should check out my southern Squash Casserole and Best ever Cornbread!

  7. That looks delish! My family makes something similar, but ours is called hashbrown casserole. I’ll have to try your version some time! Hmm… a year ago my life looked very different! I was probably stressin’ about school.

  8. Cass 11.14.2011

    Completely random question but what do you do for work? Do you blog for a living? I have been following your blog for a while and I remember when I first began reading it you would go to work and post your lunches you brought, but it doesnt seem like you do that anymore?

  9. Marie@feedingfive 11.14.2011

    I was going to let you know that we know them as funeral potatoes but I guess someone beat me to the punch. My husband loves these.

  10. Amy 11.14.2011

    I have to make these………….my mom makes a similar deal……..but, omg…….looks amazing! I dig the use of BLERG!!!!! YAY……..:)

  11. yum! a year ago we didn’t have the same friends in town that we do now…it’s great :)

  12. CherubMamma 11.14.2011

    Yummy! (And I’ve heard them called funeral potatoes too.) AND…there can NEVER be too many potato dishes on the holiday table!!

    A year ago…I had three children. Now I have six!!

  13. I want to live in that pan with those potatoes forever and eat nothing but them. Run on sentence, but that’s ok! :P

  14. Natasha 11.14.2011

    I love all of the different names of them… we called it Potato Bake at home :)

  15. We make these too – every year! With the exception of the green onion. We just call them fatty potatoes. I was told they are called “sexy potatoes” too. I like that name best! :)

  16. Rachel 11.14.2011

    Anything with butter, potatoes and crushed cornflakes is awesome in my book! As is the word blergh. I wonder if I could get away with making those for Thanksgiving this year, instead of regular mashed potatoes….

  17. I have had those potatoes at many a church function, so yummy! My life has drastically changed from a year ago, I now have a child :)

  18. Lauren 11.14.2011

    Oh man I love this dish! My friend made it one year for Thanksgiving and I had to have the recipe-hello butter no wonder we love it:) Love your post you make me laugh.

  19. erica 11.14.2011

    holy cheesey potato goodness! that has my mouth watering! i must attempt this!!!

    btw, this weekend i made your pumpkin fluff dip. AMAAAAAAAZING!

  20. Amy 11.14.2011

    We call those Corn Flake potatoes at my house, and my mom’s recipe is slightly different (though not much!) from yours. It seems like everyone has their own variation on it. We request it practically EVERY time we go home! ;)

  21. Lindsey 11.14.2011

    I love those type of potatoes! I have never made them but my Mother in Law does often and I always eat extra ;)
    Nothing is too different from last year at this time, except that I am taking a break from running and trying to add more weight routines into my workouts. Everything else is the same old.

  22. We make a similar recipe but I think it’s known as hash brown casserole? So very good! My life is very different from one year ago. THis time last year I was working a different job (adoption social worker) and starting treatments with a fertility Dr. to help us get pregnant. Now I am a nanny for two adorable kiddos and I AM pregnant. Blessed!

  23. My mom makes the exact same ones – but we just call them “those delicious potatoes with the cornflakes on top.” ;) They are amazeballs!!!!

  24. Ty 11.14.2011

    Holy hell that looks amazing!

  25. christa 11.14.2011

    yayy so glad you added a pin button! cuzzz I pin almost every one of your recipes! lol

  26. Teresa K. 11.15.2011

    okay ige – have you ever tried this recipe (evil evil) – with French’s fried onions instead of cornflakes? – Oh yeah baby!
    Life is so odd – you think, oh – I’m grown up and this is who I am – bam! Our daughter won’t be home for turkey day, wow, huh? – and bam! first foreclosure and the the big storms this year have driven us into an apartment. We have changed and I kind of like it. :)

  27. Hope 11.15.2011

    I’ve never seen potatoes like this before! It looks really yummy! :)

  28. Darcy 11.15.2011

    That’s my husband’s favorite dish! He can eat a whole pan himself. Our recipe (cheesy potatoes) is slightly different – either use sour cream (8oz) and a packet of onion soup mix or the pre-made french onion dip.

  29. Kristina 11.15.2011

    Definitely going to have to try this! Have you ever tried making it with reduced fat sour cream, cheese, and soup? Just (or almost) as good?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 11.15.2011

      I’ve never tried it! Too afraid to mess with such a good thing, but I bet it wouldn’t be bad!

  30. Imwaytoobusy 11.15.2011

    Oh…wow. My jaw hit my desk. Just reading about the “crunch” made me want to make a batch right now! Nothing beats a mean batch of crunchy, cheesy potatoes.
    …too funny about the exclamation points. Sometimes I just have to laugh when I read my first blog posts. Writing really makes you realize how quickly we change!

  31. those look amazing!

    my life is 100% different than it was a year ago. New city, new job, new boyfriend, 15 lbs lighter, became a runner, learned to cook. so totally new life & I’m loving it!

  32. Ann 11.15.2011

    My family calls these Heart Attack Potatoes. :) But they are SOOOO good! (I always make them with reduced fat sour cream and soup and they are still to die for)

  33. Jennifer 11.15.2011

    These look like my Grandma’s “Company Potatoes”…yummy!

  34. Jennifer 11.15.2011

    Life is pretty much completely different from a year ago…we moved to a new city in a different state, we are not working our crappy jobs anymore and my husband now has a job position that will lead to advancement, etc…life is pretty darn good at the moment! : )

  35. Lisa 11.15.2011

    I make those, but with crushed lays potato chips instead of cereal. A million times better.

  36. My mom makes a totally similar casserole too!!! It’s one of my favoriteeeeeee holiday treats for sure :)

  37. Jill 11.15.2011

    Love the potatoes–except I usually have about 1/3 of the pan on my plate, not a tiny scoop like yours! We do make them with light or reduced fat sour cream and they taste the same, don’t use fat-free or they will turn out –not right!

  38. Cate 11.15.2011

    Those look amazing! I was just thinking about the year difference…my now-husband proposed on Nov. 21 last year and took me totally by surprise, so a year ago today, I was just hanging out with my boyfriend, getting ready for our first trip to Disney World together over Thanksgiving! Little did I know. :)

  39. Oh man those look to die for! I think you just inspired me to make some cheesy potatoes for dinner tonight :)

  40. Wow! That looks delicious! I may have to shake up my plan for a simple potato side dish this week… But I will definitely have to do a 30-10-20 workout to offset it. Thanks for the delicious looking recipe!

  41. Mary 11.15.2011

    Glad to know I’m not the only one who loves the word blerg . . . I’m such a dork I have it on my license plate :-)

  42. My mom makes this for Christmas and Thanksgiving, too! Looooove it!

  43. Stacie Gorkow 11.15.2011

    This is the same recipe our church uses for our annual fall bazaar ham ball dinner. We all make pans of potato casserole to serve along with the ham balls. It is the yummiest I’ve ever had! Great….now I want some even though I just weaned myself off of it!

  44. Emily Boster 11.16.2011

    My mom makes this all the time for us at home mostly with steak dinners or for holidays. Instead of cornflakes she uses potato chips. Nothing fancy just regular potato chips with the butter on top. So good!!!! happy to see another good recipe on here

  45. Traci 11.16.2011

    I make these potatoes for work potlucks and family get-togethers. They are ALWAYS a hit, and the dish is always swiped clean! If you don’t have cornflakes on hand, crushed Ritz crackers make a great substitute.

  46. Michelle 11.16.2011

    This is BY FAR one of my FAV ways to have potatoes, and we always seem to make them for Easter. But I’m a FREAK about having good ole mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving. I think this is all due to the fact that the first Tgiving I spent with my boyfriend’s (now husband’s) family THEY.DIDN’T.HAVE.MASHED POTATOES.GASP!!!! (who does that???) Trust me, I have NEVER let that happen again!

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  48. I was scared that these things contained a TON of butter. Maybe I’ll make a light version this year… but they won’t taste anything like yours!

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  50. Heather Nelson 12.05.2011

    This is a favorite in our world especially on Christmas and Easter

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