When this pie is baking, my daughter says that the house smells like Christmas. This recipe evolved over the years and is served as part of our family's Christmas Eve celebration. It's a soul-satisfying dinner on a cold winter day.—Michele Bouchard, Kansas City, Missouri
"A good friend shared the recipe for this egg casserole with me," notes Pat Clark of Richmond, Indiana. Hearty with hash browns and ham chunks, squares of this flavorful dish are wonderful for a Sunday brunch.
I dreamed up this family favorite after dining on something similar in a restaurant. My family asks for these potatoes on special occasions, but I like them anytime. They're a nice change from our everyday mashed potatoes.
-Patti Lacey, Lincoln, Nebraska
This recipe gets wonderful flavor from the celery, onion and parsley tucked inside. This is my family's favorite way to eat poultry. When my daughter was away at school, she even called home to ask me for the recipe so she could make it herself.—Judy Page, Edenville, Michigan
THIS IS one of my favorite side dishes because it can be made ahead, refrigerated and then popped into the oven just prior to dinnertime.
When my grandchildren come for dinner, I have to double this recipe. They love it!
-Vivian Bailey, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Says Julia Daubresse of Sun City Center, Florida: “I received this recipe from my sister some 60 years ago and so many people have requested it since then! The potatoes are rich, creamy and taste like twice-baked. It offers make-ahead convenience, so it’s great for potlucks.”
Instead of using a pastry crust, this recipe creates a savory crust with mashed potatoes. The bacon flavor in the filling is fabulous! Just add a tossed salad or green vegetable and dessert, and you'll have a complete meal that's sure to please your family.—Chris Eschweiler, Dallas, Texas
Meet the Cook: As the second oldest of eight children in a busy farm family, I had plenty of opportunity to practice cooking while I was growing up. Now that our three children are grown, I am cooking just for my husband and me - though few weeks pass without visitors. For "country eaters", this hearty pie is perfect!
-Diane Gillingham, Carman, Manitoba