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Cheesy Potato Casserole

Often the most difficult part of any meal isn't the actual main course, but rather deciding on what side dishes should go along with what you are serving. Having in mind a couple of really good, all purpose side dishes can be a huge help in making your meals a true success. One of the best possible dishes that you can learn to make and serve is a fantastic tasting cheesy potato casserole. This fantastic side dish tastes so good that it can go with just about anything. Whether it be ham, poultry, or beef this great recipe will help set the meal off perfectly.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 pounds of frozen hash browns (string is recommended, but the choice is up to you)
  • 1 16 ounce can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups of sour cream
  • 2 cups finely shredded mild cheddar cheese, your choice of brand
  • 2 cups finely crushed corn flakes.

Recipe:

  1. Preheat the oven. Begin making your cheesy potato casserole by preheating the oven. By the time you have finished all your preparations, the oven should have reached the appropriate temperature, and you can begin baking the dish. Set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and then proceed to the next step.
  2. Mix. Use a large mixing bowl to begin mixing together all of the ingredients except for 1/4 cup of melted butter, and the corn flakes. It can be a little difficult to mix everything together since the mixture will be thick, so use a folding motion to get everything mixed together properly. Continue folding all your ingredients together until everything has been completely and thoroughly mixed.
  3. Pour and top. Pour your completed mixture into an ungreased 9 inch by 13 inch baking pan. Once you have the mixture poured into the baking pan, use a spatula to ensure that the casserole is evenly distributed in the pan. This will help with a more even cooking, and result in a more appealing and appetizing looking dish. Sprinkle the corn flakes evenly across the top of the casserole and then drizzle the remaining butter over the corn flakes.
  4. Bake. Place the prepared casserole into your preheated oven, and close the door. Allow the casserole to bake for one hour at the preheated temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and then remove.
  5. Cool and serve. Place the baked casserole onto heat pad, and allow it to cool for at least five minutes before serving. This will allow the temperature to cool slightly from the blistering heat, and allow you to finish any last minute preparations for your dinner.

If you are feeling a little adventurous, you can also try substituting a few different ingredients for what is listed here. For example, you can always replace the cheddar cheese with some mozzarella or Monterey Jack. Another way that you can adjust the recipe is by using something else crunchy in place of the cornflakes, such as Dorito chips or potato chips. Feel free to experiment with this recipe as much as you may like until it tastes exactly the way that you would like.

 

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