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I love a good recipe. Especially if it’s one that is perfect for serving at a family gathering. Potluck Potato Casserole (also known as Take Out Potatoes) is such a recipe!
Potluck Potato Casserole Recipe AKA Take Out Potatoes
My mom has been making potluck potato casserole since as long as I can remember. Since the early 80’s! It’s a family recipe and definitely one that I associate with my own childhood.
It’s named take out potatoes (by my mom) because you can literally prep the side dish recipe in advance, put in the refrigerator, and then take it out and pop it in the oven just before your event, but I like to call them potluck potato casserole. Because it’s the recipe you want to take to a potluck!
What Is A Potluck?
Potluck gatherings aren’t new. In fact they’ve been linked back to the Middle Ages. I like to think of it as a smorgasbord of food with a bit of everything to try. These potluck meals are often family style or Everyone brings something to share. It’s also a great place to find new recipes!
Dairy At A Potluck
There are lots of different varieties of recipes that are good for a potluck but I personally like to take a side dish and it’s usually one that contains cheese. Dairy is simply good for you. So naturally, I want to make and serve recipes for my family that will promote better bone health. Calcium found in dairy products are also important for dental health.
Growing up I would help out on my friend’s dairy farm in Illinois. It was there that I gained an appreciation for the process that goes into providing the public with dairy products. These farms, largely family owned, are often involved in and invested in their own local communities.
Dairy farmers also live on the land and want to preserve it for generations. They take great pride in their efforts to work hard , especially early morning and evening, to make sure milk is ready to go from farm to store in about 48 hours. Additionally U.S. dairy farmers are concerned about the environment and making improvements that will benefit everyone. They are using 65% less water and 90% less land while still producing 60% more milk, compared to the 1940s.
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Potluck Potato Casserole Recipe
These take out potatoes are so easy to make and delicious. Not at all your typical potatoes because the recipes calls for different ingredients, but could be considered similar in nature. I think of this potluck potato casserole as a side dish. However, you can dress it up for main dish by adding ham or another type of meat.
*I found all of the ingredients at my local Schnucks grocery store.
1 (32 oz.) package frozen hash brown potatoes
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 stick butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup sour cream
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup tipsy cheddar cheese (This is optional but I think it adds extra flavor. Marcoot Jersey Creamery has a really good one.)
1 tablespoon paprika (optional)
Saute onions in butter.
Mix sauteed onions with potatoes, soups and sour cream in large mixing bowl.
Place in a greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish.
Sprinkle cheese over top.
Cover with foil.
Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 30 minutes, removing foil for the last 20 minutes of baking.
Sprinkle with paprika if desired for color.
Enjoy this recipe and feel good about supporting a local dairy farmer!
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