Thursday, October 25, 2012

Gourmet Potatoes

His mom's Gourmet Potatoes, originally from his Grandma Gaertner, were also on his list of things to have on his birthday.  His warning to me before I got the recipe was that they were really good, but not at all healthy. He was right! But I promise it's really good, just not something I will have on a regular basis.  When I made them for dinner I cut the recipe in half since it was just the two of us. I've kept it here in it's originally version so I hope people are hungry.

The recipe calls for peeling and grating the potatoes, but Steve suggested that we just buy frozen hash browns to save time.  The frozen hash browns are in the breakfast section of the freezer section and are just plain, loose, grated pieces of potato.  Just make sure to thaw the hash browns if you are going to take the short cut. If not boil the potatoes until they are medium firm, peel, grate with large holes when they have cooled down.

Thanks Barbara and Grandma Geartner!!
Gourmet Potatoes
6 medium potatoes or 8 cups of plain hash browns
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese(white or yellow), grated
2 cups sour cream
1 stick butter
1 onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons salt
Pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Over low heat mix together the cheese and butter until melted.  Make sure to stir constantly, otherwise they will separate. Remove the pan from the heat and add in the onion, sour cream, salt and pepper.  Grease a 13 inch by 9 inch pan.  Mix together the cheese sauce and the potatoes and place in the pan.  Bake for 30 minutes.

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