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Ham, Pepper, and Potato Frittata

Frittata

Now just imagine what happens when you say this word Frittata to a roomful of high school students.  They think it is hilarious.  I love it!  This was a staple at my house even before I knew what a Frittata was.  If you have eggs you can do this.   This is your go to meal when you have about thirty minutes to get a meal on the table and you don’t want another sandwich or a bowl of cereal.  If you have leftover pan roasted potatoes or hash browns it will be even faster to put together.

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Pan Roasted Potatoes

Pan roasted Potatoes

I have been preparing all types of vegetables this way forever.  For example, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peppers, grape tomatoes are just a few that have hit my skillet.  It is so easy to do and if you are in a hurry it is quick as a wink.  I love potatoes any way they are prepared, but I love this one in particular because it reminds me so much of homemade fries without the fat.  We did these in class and they were a huge hit with everyone.  And yes they did let their imaginations go wild and served them in ways that I would dare not ( bacon and cheddar cheese) !  Reminder:  their metabolism is running at the high-octane level and mine well, it is a tad slower.

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The Best Hash Brown Casserole Ever!

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. Allow frozen potatoes to partially thaw.  About 1-2 hours.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Place in a buttered 9 x 13 inch casserole dish.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.

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Parmesan Pan Baked Potatoes


This is the perfect side dish.  Not just because it is delicious, but it is lightning fast to prepare, low-calorie and a good recipe to engage some help from everyone in the family.  Four medium potatoes requires only 2 tablespoons of butter and with the addition of either parmesan or Italian bread crumbs they pack a lot of flavor.  This recipe has been a standby at home as well as in my classroom and is enjoyed by everyone.   There is a trick to making them that many of my students don’t get the first time.  Cooking times can vary wildly!  All medium potatoes are not created equal so the cooking times can be very different.  An overcooked potato is not a pretty site!

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Potato Soup

I love potatoes, bacon, and cheese.  I love my slow cooker, too!  Together this is one of my favorite soups.  It literally fell in my mailbox in 1993.  It was in one of those magazines they send to everyone.  You know one of those that they want you to subscribe to for the rest of your life.  And I fall for that kind of marketing every time especially when the recipes look so good!  Since 1993  this magazine has grown in popularity, but for me the premiere issue brought to me the best and easiest potato soup ever.   Dotty Egge from Minnesota submitted her recipe for No Fuss Potato Soup to Taste of Home and it has been served at my table literally hundreds of times.  I love coming home from work and opening the door to the aroma of this soup, especially if it is a brisk day.  It just hits the spot. 

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