Friday, May 18, 2012

Creamy Cheesy Potatoes

Creamy Cheesy Potatoes
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

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
  • About 5 large potatoes--enough to fill a 9 x 13 dish.
  • 1 cup 0% 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.
  • Cut potatoes into very thin, shoestring, french fry strips and lay in a greased 9 x 13 dish.
Creamy Cheesy Potatoes
  • 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.
Creamy Cheesy Potatoes
  • 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!
Creamy Cheesy Potatoes
Cheesy goodness. Badly lit cheesy goodness-but still. Goodness....
Now I should stop saying goodness.

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