It was my husband’s birthday a couple of weeks ago. We aren’t fancy people, and so we don’t do a lot of fancy things on birthdays. We mostly enjoy a good meal, usually at home, and then eat cake. Well, we eat cake if I have anything to do with it. *Psst…* Cake’s my favourite thing.
So when I asked Husband what he’d like to eat for his birthday, he immediately said, “Steak. With blue cheese butter. And hashbrown casserole.”
Yup, his favourites. He’d never heard of hash brown casserole before he’d met me. Now I swear I’ve created a monster. He LOVES these potatoes. I don’t blame him though, really. They are the ultimate comfort food. Creamy carbs and cheese covered in buttered crackers.
Just as an aside too, did you know that a lot of people call hash brown casserole ‘Funeral Potatoes’?!? Eek! I think it’s because you might have to bump your funeral up a couple of days every time you eat them. Yup, I hope it doesn’t come as a complete surprise when I tell you that this dish is NOT your healthiest choice. Super awesome creamy cheesy goodness, yes. Nutritionally sound, no.
[Recipe] Hash Brown Casserole
1 750g package frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1 cup onions, finely chopped
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cups crushed crackers (or cornflakes, or potato chips, or Ritz, or whatever crunchy thing you’d like)
1/4 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 375F.
In a large bowl, combine hash browns, 1/2 cup melted butter, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, chopped onion, cheddar cheese, salt and pepper.
Place mixture in a large casserole dish.
Cover the potato mixture with crushed crackers.
Drizzle second amount of melted butter over the crackers.
Bake, covered, for 40 minutes. If you’d like the brown the crackers a bit at the end, uncover and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.
Serve to your husband for his birthday alongside steak, blue cheese butter, and green beans.
Expect something really nice for your next birthday.
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