I am married, and I have kids. When cooking, I take a lot of recipe inspiration from my mom.
Uh-Oh, Company's Coming Over!
My daughter's birthday was coming up, and naturally, this meant people were going to be coming over to celebrate. That doesn't bother me—but when it comes to people coming over, I have a tendency to overdo it in the "food" category.
This time was going to be different. I have been trying to work on my "party planning" skills, and while I knew what the main dish was going to be, I had no idea what to serve on the side. So, since I was serving turkey and gravy sandwiches, the suggestion was to go with a Thanksgiving theme and do potatoes and cranberries as a side.
That was a great idea, and I knew just the potato recipe I wanted to use; only, I didn't have it. It was my mom's!
|Prep time||Cook time||Ready in||Yields|
7 hours 15 min
1 cup, 36 servings
- 4 pounds hash browns, shredded
- 1 can cream of chicken soup, condensed
- 16 ounces lite sour cream
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 16 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- about 2 cups plain corn flakes, crushed (optional)
- Spray the inside of your crock pot with nonstick cooking spray. This will help prevent sticking.
- Chop the onion. I used a yellow onion for this batch, but feel free to use any onion you prefer. You can also melt the butter so it is ready to go.
- Add the potatoes to the crock pot. Add the remainder of the ingredients, with the exception of the crushed cornflakes. Save those until shortly before serving.
- Set the crock pot on low and cook for about 7 hours. (Cooking time will vary depending on your crock pot, so don't hesitate to check in every once in a while.) You can also place this on high for a couple of hours if you want to decrease the cooking time. Be sure to watch it and stir as needed because the high setting will get the potatoes to cook fast.
- Add crushed cornflakes, if desired, about an hour before serving. This allows the cornflakes to warm up but not get soggy by sitting in the crock-pot all day.
- Dish out and enjoy!
The Pros and the Cons
- Easy to Make: This recipe is pretty easy to make, and that is just one of the many benefits. Using a crock pot for this recipe means you can get the food ready and have it cleaned up before anybody gets there. However, if you choose, you can also make this in the oven.
- You Can Substitute Lower-Fat Ingredients: For the most part, this recipe isn't too bad for you, calorie-wise. After all, 150 calories for a cheesy side dish can't be beaten. You can also easily cut the calories down by using low-calorie and no-fat ingredients. The condensed soup, sour cream, and cheese are great ways to slash (or add) calories to this dish. If done with healthy choices, this recipe is a perfect comfort-food treat for someone watching their waistline.
- Addictive: Unfortunately, there is one big con with this recipe: It is addictive! This means you might have your family begging you to make these potatoes again and again and again, even if you just made them the night before.
- You Can Never Make Enough: On top of that, you might not have enough to fully satisfy everybody (no matter how much you make) because people will just keep eating and eating and eating. That also means you probably won't have many leftovers, either. But I guess if you must take the cons with the pros, this isn't too bad of a con to have. But for now—you have been warned.
So, what are you waiting for? Get to the store, get your ingredients, and get this on the table tonight. Your family will be thanking you!
Crock Pot Recipes Are the Way to Go for a Party!
When it comes to cooking for large groups of people, my mom is a pro. She always comes up with great ideas, so we are always having something different. A lot of times, she puts the crock-pot to good use so she can actually enjoy the party instead of being stuck in the kitchen cooking for the crowd. So, when I decided to make potatoes for my daughter's birthday party dinner, my mom was the first person I called to get the recipe!
In my family, we have had these potatoes several times. If they aren't on the menu, you will actually hear someone grumbling. So, for safety's sake, they are almost always available when we all get together. However, my husband's family has never tried these before, so it was kind of fun to see their reaction. Let's just say the recipe didn't disappoint. I saw several people going back for more, and the leftovers, well, barely made enough for another meal.
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