If you are in a big hurry to cook up something that is really tasty, I bet you have all of these ingredients in your kitchen! My classes are making this dish and it is the biggest hit. I’m always amazed at the simplest of dishes that can make you happy. This is one of them, so get ready for some big smiles coming your way.
If you are like me sometimes you think that more is better when it come to a recipe. But I am learning that really simplicity is the winner. When I was thinking through what to prepare for the rest of the year back in January this dish came to mind. It was a winner with last year’s crowd , but it was more time-consuming for a forty-five minute class. So I threw out something super simple and am pleasantly surprised at the results.
I found one of the easiest brunch recipes today. Your’re going to either hate me or love me. Especially when we’ve all made our New Year’s resolutions to be more healthy. It won’t hurt to indulge in just one small piece, though. The recipe is from one of my favorite recipe sources Pillsbury. It is a bake-off winner from 1998 and so simple that if will leave you wondering if you have done something wrong. I just bet that you have all the ingredients right there in your kitchen to get this started at your earliest convenience. You’ll need a Pillsbury pie crust, light brown sugar, softened butter, chopped pecans, and powdered sugar. While to pastry is coming to room temperature you can measure all your ingredients. In a mere 30 minutes you will have one of the best pastries that you could buy anywhere.
Now here’s how to put it together.
As a food’s teacher I spend a great deal of my time in the grocery store. At one time in my teaching career I had to do my shopping at Wal-Mart. I don’t have anything against Wal-Mart, but when you have over $300 worth of groceries to put in the cart, check out, and put away on your own time Wal-Mart is not the place to make the fastest getaway! Now I do all my shopping for school at Publix. It’s more costly, but easier for me to get in and out. They will open a checkout line just for me and have even brought items to my classroom that were out of stock at the time. So I love Publix! They make my life easier. I also enjoy Publix Apron’s Simple Meals. They have great ideas for quick meals! This Fresh Berry Tart was featured last week and is perfect for July the 4th. There’s no baking just really the easiest dessert you’ve ever made. When you take a bite you are going to say no way!!!!
This is one of my most favorite side dishes. Yes, I am a lover of potatoes cooked anyway, but especially with cheese. It’s been a hit for about fifty teens after the prom. It has shown its face at several brunches and of course with most any grilled meat.
You’ll be glad to know that I have reduced the amount of fat from the original recipe without damaging its wonderful flavor. It’s just plain delicious.
I can guarantee that this recipe will get you rave reviews no matter what you serve it with and it is simple to make. One trick that will really cut down on cooking time and will eliminate serving some crunchy potatoes is thawing the potatoes for a couple of hours. Mixing solidly frozen potatoes will result in freezing the melted butter making it hard to mix and frozen potatoes take a longer time to cook. So enjoy this all summer long when you have a crowd for your next barbecue. Don’t worry if you don’t have a crowd the leftovers are great!
Here it is right before baking:
Hash Brown Potato Casserole from Gracious Goodness
Yield – 10– 12 servings
- 2 pounds frozen hash brown potatoes
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 2 cups Cheddar cheese, grated
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion ( I used my small food processor)
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Allow frozen potatoes to partially thaw. About 1-2 hours.
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Place in a buttered 9 x 13 inch casserole dish.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.
I’m always looking for a light dish that packs a lot of flavor and that’s quick. I don’t think that I’m asking for too much. After all, working out at the gym or going to tennis practice takes a chunk of time. I think it’s important to work out but, let’s face it a girl has to eat. I simply loved these fish fillets. Gourmet knows how to make me happy in the kitchen! Continue reading
Filed under Fish, Main dish
Ten years ago I didn’t know what kale was. And for sure had never eaten it. Having fresh vegetables delivered weekly has opened up a whole new chapter in my food life. If you can you should subscribe to a CSA in your area for more reasons than just eating fresh vegetables that are good for you. I have been on the receiving end of these great deliveries for four years and I can tell you that I have prepared foods that would have never entered my kitchen. It has been a wonderful experience. I love the fact that I am supporting the local farmers in our area, but I am amazed at how much I have learned about produce and how to prepare it. I am proud to be a part of farm to table. Please participate if you can. You will be rewarded in more ways than you ever imagined. Now to the recipe. Continue reading