If frozen shredded potatoes are used, thaw first. Spray non-stick spray in cooking dish. Place potatoes in dish, nearly to top. Press down slightly and add more if there is room. Don't mash them down hard though!
Fill half and half to 2/3 of the side of the cooking dish.
Cut a stick of butter into 1/2 teaspoon slices, and place all over top of potatoes. Salt and pepper generously over top of dish.
These can be cooked with other foods that are being prepared and are done when there is a tan edge and some of the potatoes sticking out of the cream are toasted a little.
For a 13" x 9" pan at 375, these take roughly 45-60 minutes if solo in the oven. This amount serves roughly 8-10 people depending on the other foods being served, and the amount of potato lovers! These are so easy and taste so good!