Friday, May 18, 2012

Creamy Cheesy Potatoes

YUM!
That's all you're gonna want to say about this recipe! YUMMMM. I can't even adequately describe this. It's just awesome, pretty much. And, like, it is a side dish that can be turned into an entree? You could just have cheesy potatoes, or you could have chicken cheesy potatoes!? It's awesome. And, frankly, I'm lazy, so I totally vote for making this an all-in-one meal and just putting the chicken in there. However, if you have like a family thing or function or whatever you adult type peoples do, and are assigned to bring a side--this sans chicken is a total winner. Plus, if you're a vegetarian, maybe no chicken. Perhaps you could put something else up in there though? Eh? Maybe? I don't know-you guys are creative, I'm sure you'll figure something out. 

Note: BE CAREFUL! I totally made a mess, yesterday, making this. I used fat free evaporated milk in it for the first time and it bubbled over-completely blackening my casserole dish and getting gunk on the bottom of my oven. Have I mentioned I apparently am incapable of cleaning my oven? It's haaaard. I tried using baking soda and vinegar and that didn't work...ugh. I mean, it's clean....ish. lol. So yeah-learn from my mistake. Be careful. That said, the food itself was delicious.



Creamy Cheesy Potatoes


**Note: For the liquid portion you can use any ratio you like of heavy cream, half and half, fat free evaporated milk, Greek yogurt--so long as the total is 2 cups. I've had the best, low fat, success with the proportions listed below
Ingredients:

  • About 5 large potatoes--enough to fill a 9 x 13 dish.
  • 1 cup )% Greek yogurt, room temperature 
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup fat free evaporated milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese (or any kind of cheese you want)
  • Parsley flakes
  • Optional: Chicken, browned in a skillet.
Preparation:
  • Cut potatoes into very thin, shoestring, french fry strips and lay in a greased 9 x 13 dish.
  • Optional: Nestle pieces of browned chicken amongst the potatoes.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Whisk together flour, Greek yogurt, and evaporated milk. Pour over potatoes.
  • Sprinkle cheese on top. Then, sprinkle parsley to taste.
  • Spray one side of foil with non-stick cooking spray and cover dish (greased side down, to prevent cheese from sticking). Pork a fork through foil a few times to allow steam to escape (and keep the cream from bubbling over).
  • For safety, maybe place a baking sheet under the casserole dish--in case of bubbling over, to save your oven a bit of mess.
  • Cook for 1 hour in the middle rack of the oven. 
  • Lower rack 1 rung and bake 15-20 more minutes.
  • Allow to cool a bit, then dig in!
Cheesy goodness. Badly lit cheesy goodness-but still. Goodness....
....
Now I should stop saying goodness.

18 comments:

  1. I totally love the french fry strips in your casserole ... Happy Weekend :-)

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  2. Mmmmm cheesy and starchy? Yes please!

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  3. this looks like perfect comfort food! i am now totally craving this lol.

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  4. Let me ask you a question...

    What is better than cheesy potatoes?

    Answer: Nothing.

    YUM!!!

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  5. There's not much better than cheesy potatoes!:)

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  6. A quick and easy dish which blows my tastebuds away everytime - yours looks fantastic :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  7. Cheese + potatoes= perfection.

    I've nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. See it here: http://treatstrinkets.blogspot.com/2012/05/dark-chocolate-dreams-cupcakes.html#

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  8. Ughhh I LOVE cheesy potatoes!!!

    I'm so happy to be home again so I can drool over your recipes!! :)

    This totally takes me back to high school, we'd always eat this cheesy potato bake before soccer games (horrible idea actually, can u imagine sprinting after eating a plateful??)

    Hahah and I'm sorry about your oven!! That's such a pain. My oven constantly smells like frozen pizza bc I am wayyyy too lazy to get in there and clean :) We can both have totally disgusting ovens together when I move to NYC......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Ummm omg that does sound like an awful idea for pre-sport-playing, but so yummy for other times!

      My oven is a mess...I can't even begin to explain it. Somehow I think the baking soda made it worse.

      BUT I CANT WAIT TIL YOU MOVE HERE!

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  9. Cheesy potatoes?! That's comfort food at its best! What a perfect treat for the weekend.

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  10. Mmmmm, creamy potatoes.. Such comforting dish. Yum!

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  11. In my book you can never go wrong with cheesy potatoes. Also, I always keep a sheet pan under everything I make in the oven because I really, really don't want to have to clean it. :)

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  12. The potatoes look amazing. I cannot wait for it to be a bit less humid to try them out...I think my husband will fall over with happiness. I hate cleaning the oven too. It is so hard to bend over and reach in, it is just not natural to have your head in the oven.

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