Have made this twice...once w/cream cheese and once without. Used milk and half n half vs half n half and heavy cream...both versions great. Second time added some thyme also since it's a Savory pudding. Oh, I worried also about the potatoes being cooked...turned out no problem, but I did slice them rather thinly. Used 3 potatoes and also added some egg whites to increase the volume a bit. Both times this dish was totally applauded. Travels well. It's now a staple for brunches or pot-luck brunches.