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Monday, December 31, 2012
I'm not a chef or anything, but I do enjoy cooking and baking. Even when my experiments do not always work out. :)
I thought I'd share a few of the better experiments with everyone.
Today I'm sharing a family favorite. Here in UT, this dish is fondly known as "Funeral Potatoes", as this dish is almost always at any funeral or church gathering. But I find that name just too depressing, so I've renamed them, and in my house they're known instead as "Happy" Potatoes.
Be warned--this is NOT a healthy dish. It's comfort food, plain and simple. If you want to make it lighter, go ahead. But I'll continue to live on the edge and enjoy it with all the fat and calories. After all, I don't make it too often. But when I do? There is no such thing as leftover "Happy" Potatoes. :)
Here's what you'll need:
- Shredded (thawed) hash brows
- 2 cans of Cream of Chicken Soup
- Sour cream
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Melted butter
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Garlic and Onion Powder [optional--I've done it w/o and it's still great!]
- Cornflakes and Ritz crackers (crushed, mixed with more melted butter)
And a messy kitchen. :)
First, stir together the cream of chicken, sour cream, melted butter, and cheese. Season it as you want (s+p, onion, etc). Then fold in the hash browns and mix until it looks well combined. Like this:
Then grab yourself a 9 x 13 baking dish. Make sure to either spray it with some no-stick spray or butter it up, to prevent some awful sticking later. Trust me. :) I went with the butter--again, comfort food. 'Nuff said.
Spread the (yummy) cheesy-potato mixture into the pan. Spend 10 minutes trying to make it look perfect. Then just give up and call it good. Or just plop it in. Whatever you like. :)
Now it's time to decide what to top this with!
In the past, I've always done crushed corn flakes mixed with melted butter. But this time I decided to try something new. Half corn flakes, half (wheat) Ritz crackers. And butter. Oh my! :)
I've also ate versions with just more cheese as a topping, or even panko! Go crazy, try different combinations.
Smash up the crackers and CF.
Add the melted butter and mix them around.
Spread the mixture over the potatoes. Make sure it's even--you don't want to cheat anyone out of their share of topping! :)
And then forget to take a picture of said topping on the potatoes....
Cover the pan with foil and bake for about 40-45 minutes, until it's nice and bubbly and yummy. Resist it for a few minutes to cool, or you will regret it. Trust me. I've burned my tongue too many times to count....
And then forget to take a picture of steamy potatoes.... What? I was too busy shoveling them in my mouth to remember to take a picture! Oops....
Oh my. I could live on this! I made a batch for Christmas dinner this year, and I think I loved it more than the turkey. There were no leftovers, though. *sigh*
Here's the recipe:
- 1 bag (32 oz) of shredded hash browns, thawed
- 2 (10 3/4 oz each) cans of Cream of Chicken soup [homemade would work, too, or even the "heart healthy" kind like I used]
- 2 cups of sour cream
- 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese [Or be like me and dump in an extra 1/2 cup, just because....]
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1/4 tsp EACH of garlic and onion powder [optional--use as much or as little as you want, I've made it w/o before and it's still very tasty!]
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 cups crushed corn flakes and Ritz crackers
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. Mix together the soups, sour cream and cheese. Fold in the potatoes and mix well.
3. Grease a 9 x 13 pan, using either butter or non-stick spray.
4. Spread the potatoes into the pan.
5. Crush up the corn flakes and crackers--don't go crazy, we don't want flour, just nicely crushed. Add the melted butter.
6. Spread the topping over the potatoes.
7. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 40 minutes, or until nice and hot and bubbly.
8. Remove the foil and let it cool for at least 5 minutes before diving in!
Do you have a recipe similar to this in your area? I'm sure that it's known by other names. If you're looking for a comforting side dish, this is it. Just watch how much you make, or you may find your pants suddenly fit a little too snug. This I know, so trust me. :)
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