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Thursday, October 11, 2007

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I am distracting you from my non-finished knitting by posting a yummy recipe for Fall comfort food goodness, at the request of Laurie and a some folks over at Crazy Aunt Purl. If you have never been to a Cracker Barrel Restaurant and tried fervently not to eat your weight in hash brown casserole, well, I am sorry for you. But here is your chance for redemption! This is a recipe for a lower fat, lower calorie, just-as-yummy-tasting version. It is practically health food, I tell you!! (OK, if you have huge issues with cheesy potato indulgences being called health food, you may just want to move along - now. There is just no place for that kind of attitude here.)

Hash Brown Casserole
1 large pkg frozen Whole Grain hashed potatoes (haha! just kidding-like there are whole grain ones....seriously, you fell for that?! just messing with you-it's healthiER, but don't be crazy!)
1 can reduced-fat, reduced-sodium cream of chicken soup (you can sub in cr. of mushroom, too)

1 C. reduced-fat sour cream (not fat-free or the creaminess turns to jelly-ness. ew.)

1/2 C. finely chopped onion

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 1/2 C. shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (if this is too "fake" for you, do part reg. cheddar)

1/4 C. melted fake butter of your choice

1 1/2 C. crushed reduced-fat Ritz-y type crackers

Mix together all ingredients EXCEPT melted faux butterish stuff and cracker crumbs. Put in a 2-quartish casserole dish sprayed w/ nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with cracker crumbs and drizzle melted butterish stuff over the top. Bake at 350 for 35-45 min. until bubbly. Get on some sweatpants, grab a large plate and fork, and choose your knitting project and TV selection ready while it is baking. Remove from oven, get to the couch, and snuggle in with the delectable, creamy, comforting goodness that can only be produced from the proper marriage of potatoes and cheese. Enjoy!

PS-Didn't even miss the lack of knitting did ya'??
PPS-Oh my gosh, now I want to eat potato casserole like NOBODY'S BUSINESS!! Darn you, blogosphere...


Mary in Boston said...

Jody, I couldn't follow the link from Aunt Purl's blog to here. I'm not sure you gave the right one? Anywho, I googled you and found you. I love the hashbrown recipe, have been making it for years as Chicago Potatoes, only with cornflakes on top instead of the Ritz crackers. Think I'll try that the next time. Do you use shredded hash browns or the cubed kind?

Leeny said...

Thank you so much, Jody, for this recipe! I came over from CAP's blog. Thanks again!


Anna-Liza said...

Yum! I, too, came over from CAP's blog, but I'm bookmarking yours now, too. This is sort of like when I buy the organic chocolate sandwich cookies--they aren't exactly good for you, but they're not as bad for you as Oreos! It's going to be chilly this weekend--perfect time to try this out.

Lynne said...

Oh, my word!!!! Jody, that is like a dream come true! Thanks for the recipe.

iwouldratherbeknitting said...

I had problems getting here too- thanks for re-posting another message. I haven't had one of these casseroles in a long time.