As a four-generation Idaho family, we love our potatoes and cook with them in every way possible. I have served this for weddings, family dinners and more. It has become a favorite for many. —Karla Kimball, Emmett, Idaho
It's a cinch to jazz up instant mashed potatoes with sour cream and cream cheese, then cook and serve them from a slow cooker. For a special touch, sprinkle the perfect-for-party time potatoes with chopped fresh chives, canned French-fried onions or fresh grated Parmesan cheese.—Donna Bardocz, Howell, Michigan
To make it easier to bring this traditional Southern staple to a potluck or gathering, I updated it so that it can be cooked in a slow cooker. It's hard to go wrong with candied sweet potatoes when it comes to pleasing a crowd.—Deirdre Dee Cox, Kansas City, Missouri
This creamy and comforting side dish from Lucinda Walker of Somerset, Pennsylvania tastes great with almost any dish and is a snap to assemble with convenient frozen hash browns. Tip: "This is a good way to make potatoes when your oven is busy with other dishes,"Lucinda suggests.
My mother often took this comforting side dish to social dinners because it was such a hit. Now I get the same compliments when I make it. Bacon and onion jazz up a creamy mixture that takes advantage of convenient frozen hash browns and canned soups. —Donna Downes
Las Vegas, Nevada