Cheesy Potatoes - So good you will have to make another batch tomorrow
Cheesy potatoes... mmmm
What do you think?
Oh oh... companies 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 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 frankly, 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 Sandwhiches, the suggestion was to go with a Thanksgiving type theme and do potatoes and cranberries as a side.
Great idea and I knew just the potatoe recipe I wanted to use... only I didn't have it. It was my mom's!
Get your ingredients out and prepare for a party
|Serving size: 1 cup|
|Calories from Fat||72|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 8 g||12%|
|Carbohydrates 12 g||4%|
|Protein 5 g||10%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
The Nutrition Facts are just a guideline. As with most recipes, the calorie amount can change depending on the brand of ingredients you use. This however will give you a general guideline of how much is in each serving if you feel the need to track your calories.
Dump it in and your done!
- 4 pounds Hash Browns, Shredded
- 1 can Cream of chicken soup, condensed
- 16 oz. Lite Sour Cream
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 16 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- about 2 cups plain corn flakes, crushed, optional ingredient
- Spray the inside of your crock pot with nonstick cooking spray. This will help so the sides do not stick.
- Chop onion. I used a yellow onion for this batch but feel free to use an onion of choice. 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 corn flakes. 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 Hi setting will get the potatoes going fast.
- Add crushed corn flakes, if desired, about an hour before serving. This allows the corn flakes to warm up, but not get soggy by sitting in the crock pot all day.
- Dish out and enjoy!
Having a party - crock pot recipes are the way to go!
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 call so I could get the recipe!
For 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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The Pros and the Cons
This recipe is pretty easy to make and that is just one of the many benefits. Using a crockpot 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.
For the most part, this recipe, caloriewise, isn't too bad for you. After all, 150 calories for a cheesy side dish can't be beat. You can also easily cut the calories down by using low calorie and no fat ingredients ... the condensed soup, sour cream and the cheese are great ways to slash (or add) calories to this dish. If done with healthy choices, this makes it a perfect treat of comfort food for someone watching their wasteline.
Unfortunately, there is one big con with this recipe. - They are addictive! This means you might have your family begging you to make them again and again and again, even if you just made them the night before. On top of it, chances are good, 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!