Hashbrown Casserole

Perfect for Christmas brunch, or frankly, anytime. Prep time is maybe 5 minutes. Leftovers hold up very well.

Casserole dish with hashbrown casserole, golden on top and browned a bit on the edges
  • 1 (2 pound) package frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • Half pint sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray one 9×13 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. (I use a 10×10 inch and always forget the Pam, no problems.)

In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, butter, salt, pepper, onions, soup and cheese. Gently mix and pour into prepared pan or dish. (Stand mixer on low works very well for this since there is a fair amount of volume.)

Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Enjoy!!

Long time no post…

You’d think with the pandemic, I’d have a ton of food posts cause of all the cooking. What I discovered is that I have a very narrow repetoire and I’ve been very exhausted.

After a culinary disaster last night (more on that later) I “saved” dinner with cheesy sour cream & onion mashed potatoes.

They’re simple and an excellent comfort food, and we all need that now.

Take your favorite instant mashed potatoes, throw a handful of chopped onions in with the water & butter at the start. Reduce the milk by roughly 1/4 to 1/3, and add in a couple dollops of sour cream. Stir well, move to casserole dish and top with cheese (I’m a fan of cheddar-jack or colby-jack for this) and pop under the broiler for a couple minutes til the cheese is bubbly and melty.

The lighting is utter shit in my kitchen, it does look better than this, LOL.

A red casserole dish with mashed potatoes covered in cheddar-jack cheese
Who doesn’t love cheese & potatoes

French Bread Pizza

Or, “fun with Sunday’s leftover spaghetti sauce

A slice of French Bread Pizza on a white plate

Mmmm, easy.

Had some leftover bread from spaghetti night, toasted it a bit, added the sauce, cheese and pepperoni and popped it back into the toaster oven on broil.

Perfect for a weeknight where I really did not feel like cooking.

Cats can have little a cheese, as a snack?

So, every year, as a “Merry Christmas to ME”, I get a goodie box from Swiss Colony. It’s filled with a ton of snack sized cheeses, sausages, sweets and spreads, and they’re all very tasty. And it’s just great to have on hand when you get the munchies.

Today I broke out the Smoked Bacon Cheddar Cheese spread with some crackers to snack on while I was working.

Label of Swiss Colony Smoked Bacon Cheese Spread

Smoked Bacon Cheese Spread – NOM!

Let me say, it’s pretty delicious – smoked bacon and cheddar, what’s not to like?

Well, my cat Lily would agree, given that no sooner had I opened it, she was all over me trying to get to it.

So of course, she got a taste.

Lily, a black and orange tortoiseshell cat, licking some cheese off my finger

Yum!!

Given that her usual interest in human food is pretty much zero, it’s high praise. ūü§£

Breakfast Egg Casserole

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This has been a holiday brunch staple in my house for years, and I love it. ¬†I also really love that the recipe can be quartered and make a perfect version for one person. ¬†And it’s easy. ¬†Just what I needed this Sunday morning.

And really Рhow can you go wrong with eggs, cheese and bacon?  Recipe & more photos after the jump.

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