Saturday, December 25, 2010

Taking a moment away from the decadence!

OK, I wasn't going to post today. After all, it's CHRISTMAS! But the brunch was finished long ago, the gifts unwrapped, a few already used, and the rest tucked away in their appropriate places within the house. Husband is out in the garage doing whatever husbands do out there, the kitties are sleeping, one daughter is visiting friends, and the other is watching the Disney Christmas Parade.

So, I have a bit of time on my hands until the next meal (late dinner) is due on the table.

I made a potato casserole for today's brunch, and even my non-potato-loving daughter liked it. So, why don't I share it with you? It takes only minutes to put together, doesn't cost much, and feeds a BUNCH of people.

Cheesy Potato Casserole
1 medium onion, minced (about 1 cup)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 bag (1 lb 14 oz) frozen shredded potatoes
1 can cream of mushroom soup*
1 cup low-fat or non-fat sour cream
3 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup french fried onions (i.e. Durkee) (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Saute onion in olive oil over medium heat until softened. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl stir together potatoes, soup, sour cream, cheese, and reserved sauted onions. Pour into a well-greased 13x9-inch baking dish. Top with french fried onions.

Bake for 70 minutes.

*instead of cream of mushroom, you could substitute cream of chicken, celery, or onion.

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