I give this 5 stars because it offered something different from the other casseroles I looked at. I don't like the tang of sourcreamy potatoes and I don't like the recipes that call for the cream soups. I read this recipe and had my own "A-HA!" moment. I used one cup of beef broth, a whole onion (which I sauteed in 1/4 cup butter before adding to broth) and 8 oz cream cheese. I warmed all that together and whisked the cream cheese to make my sauce first. I used one 8-oz bg of shredded cheddar and topped the casserole for the last 15 mins with a handful of shredded colby/jack. IT WAS A HUGE HIT! THE WHOLE FAMILY LOVED!!! Creamy, cheesy, delish!!! I did use frozen hashbrowns that I micro'd for 1 minute and I ended up having to bake for a whole hour to get tender taters. Thanks for a great recipe that dares to be different!!!