This gooey, cheesy casserole classic is usually made with convenience products. We wanted to keep the convenience but inject some “from scratch” flavor.
Why This Recipe Works
We pitted frozen hash browns against fresh potatoes and determined that the former made for less starchy, gloppy Funeral Potatoes. Frozen hash browns were also much easier to prepare. To speed up the cooking time for our hash browns, we thawed them right in our cheese sauce. Switching from milk to half-and-half prevented the cheese from curdling, while replacing some of the half-and-half with chicken broth obviated the need for the cream of chicken soup that we found in many recipes we tasted.
Instead of using bland cornflakes for our crunchy topping, we enlisted sour-cream-and-onion potato chips.