Preheat oven to 375 degrees
1 bag of frozen shredded hashbrowns (thawed)
4 tablespoons of finely chopped onion
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
8 ounces sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup (can substitute cream of mushroom for vegetarians)
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all these items together very thoroughly in a large mixing bowl. Make sure all the ingredients are mixed well. It's okay to just dig in with your hands if necessary.
Place in a buttered baking dish.
3 cups crushed potato chips ( I recommend plain chips, although it is a good way to get rid of those partial bags of chips. I have used a mixture of BBQ, sour cream and onion flavored. Get creative here to find your favorite.)
1/2 to 3/4 stick of butter or margarine melted
Mix together and place on top.
Bake at 375 for about 40 minutes. Make sure that it is lightly browned on top and around the edges.