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Cheese Potato Casserole

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Cheese Potato Casserole

This is one of my all time favorite recipes.  I have served this to many people, both kids and adults.  It is a standby for an easy side, a last minute dish to take to work parties, a barbecue, or a potluck.  There is never a bite left.  People rave over it.  One avid cook/eater even declared this “the best hash-browns I have ever eaten.”

Cheese Potato Casserole

It is hard to go wrong with cheese and potatoes, especially when the recipe is basically throw a few ingredients in a dish and bake.  The beauty of this dish is that it is customizable.  I have made many variations including adding ham or bacon, but my favorite is to add mushrooms.  Just sauté a few with the onions and this can be a one-dish meal.  AND, this can be served as any meal or part of a meal.  Breakfast?  Yes.  Lunch?  It is great to take to work and just re-heat in the microwave.  Dinner?  As is, this makes a great side, especially with barbecue, but if you throw in some mushrooms, ham, or bacon there is no reason this can be the entrée.

Cheese Potato Casserole

Cheese Potato Casserole Recipe  Makes 5-6 servings

adapted from my mom’s family cookbook Secret Ingredients

1 lb frozen hash-brown shredded potatoes
1 C sour cream
3 T butter
8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 small onion, diced
salt
pepper
paprika

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sauté  onion in butter over medium heat.  Then combine onions with hash-browns in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine cheddar cheese and sour cream.  Fold mixture into hash-browns.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Garnish with paprika.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes.