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Cheesy Oven Baked Shredded Potatoes

Updated on February 1, 2020

Ingredients

For the potatoes:

  • 5 russet potatoes, peeled and shredded, rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 quarts water

For the milk mixture:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can cream of mushroom
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 can cream of chicken
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese, bacon cheddar flavor
  • 2 stalks celery, diced

For the onion mixture:

  • 1 cup onions, frozen, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Add to sauted onion mixture:

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked ham, diced

Add to ham mixture:

  • 5 cups potatoes, shredded

Mix in Baking dish:

  • 1 stick butter
  • potatoes, mixture
  • 2 cups cheese
  • milk, mixture

It was one of those cold, foggy days... The kind that makes you crave comfort food. Well, the refrigerator had a bag of sliced ham. There was some chopped onion and bacon cheddar cheese in the freezer (a partial bag and another unopened)

I had just bought some russet potatoes and I had a request from my hubby for cheesy hash brown casserole.

I got out a stick of butter. There was a partial stick as well, so that went into the large frying pan on medium heat. The bigger stick got unwrapped and cut into tablespoons.

I got out the salad shooter and put the grater blade in. Peeled the potatoes, then cut them in half the long way because they were too wide for the salad shooter chute.

I got a large bowl ready with some salted water. My potato shreds went into the water. The last time I didn't and my potatoes turned an odd color. Pink or purple I think. The salted water got rid of the extra starchiness as well. It cooks down as you bake it so it doesn't need extra help thickening up.


The butter was melting in the frying pan, and I placed the mixture of onions, celery, poultry seasoning, garlic, black pepper and seasoned salt in the pan and let it saute while I shredded the potatoes.

Minced garlic, Onions, celery
Minced garlic, Onions, celery
Poultry seasoning
Poultry seasoning
Black pepper
Black pepper
Seasoned salt
Seasoned salt
Saute in front pan, in the melted butter, Minced garlic
Saute in front pan, in the melted butter, Minced garlic
Ham
Ham

While the ham mixture is bonding, mix the cream soups, the milk, the heavy whipping cream and some of the shredded cheese together. I put a few pats if butter in the bottom and poured enough milk mixture in the dish to make it about an inch deep. The actual amount doesn't matter. It's just so your potatoes are not sitting bare on the bottom.

Put some of the shredded cheese directly in the milk soup mixture
Put some of the shredded cheese directly in the milk soup mixture
Stir
Stir
Pour about an inch deep of milk mixture in bottom of glass baking dish
Pour about an inch deep of milk mixture in bottom of glass baking dish

Cream sauce mixed, I was now ready to mix my potatoes into the ham mixture. my frying pan is big enough to hold the shredded potatoes, so I put them in the pan with the ham mixture.

They don't stay in there very long, just in there to stir together, mostly.

Drain Water from Shredded Potatoes and Rinse

Use strainer for potatoes
Use strainer for potatoes
Start oven 350
Start oven 350
Drain potatoes
Drain potatoes
Add potatoes to ham mixture and stir to coat
Add potatoes to ham mixture and stir to coat
Stir potatoes in frying pan
Stir potatoes in frying pan

Mixing Cream Soups with Milk and Heavy Whipping Cream

Cream of mushroom and Cream of Chicken
Cream of mushroom and Cream of Chicken
Use empty soup can to measure milk
Use empty soup can to measure milk
Put heavy cream in can
Put heavy cream in can
Top off with milk, total 2 cans of milk and milk mixture
Top off with milk, total 2 cans of milk and milk mixture

Now, the baking dish gets filled.

A little butter in the bottom. A little milk, the potatoes mixture, some more butter, some cheese, then the milk mixture.

I used a steak knife to move the potatoes sideways to settle out the milk. Everything is already stirred together, so it's just a matter of getting rid of air pockets

Time to put on a pan and place in oven. My oven is at 350. The potatoes are uncovered.

I plan to eat this at 6 pm, and it's 3 pm now. I also plan to let it bake for almost the entire amount of time. It can only get more tasty.

I guarantee it!

Layers in Baking Dish

4 pats butter and some milk mixture
4 pats butter and some milk mixture
A little cheese, Add potato mixture
A little cheese, Add potato mixture
4 more pats of butter
4 more pats of butter
Shredded cheese
Shredded cheese
Milk mixture over top
Milk mixture over top
Milk mixture in
Milk mixture in
Move a little with knife
Move a little with knife
Good to go
Good to go
Pizza pan works good to catch possible drippings from boilover
Pizza pan works good to catch possible drippings from boilover
Mixture starts to boil after a bit, important to let boil. I let mine boil for a few hours
Mixture starts to boil after a bit, important to let boil. I let mine boil for a few hours
Pizza pan underneath to protect oven from possible boilover. Oven, 350 degrees, uncovered
Pizza pan underneath to protect oven from possible boilover. Oven, 350 degrees, uncovered
Set timer for an hour
Set timer for an hour
Boiling
Boiling
Take out after hour
Take out after hour
Stir
Stir
Put back in oven
Put back in oven
Melted butter pools on top. Stir back . Place back in oven. I baked it until potatoes were tender before I placed In bowl
Melted butter pools on top. Stir back . Place back in oven. I baked it until potatoes were tender before I placed In bowl
Stir
Stir
See how thick it is becoming, thick and creamy as it merges
See how thick it is becoming, thick and creamy as it merges
202 degrees. Temperature probe
202 degrees. Temperature probe

After three hours, the potatoes were tender, had retained their shape. The cheese, milk, ham, butter and everything else had merged.

My hubby was a little worried when I put it in the oven, that we eating it for weeks.

Nope. We only had a partial bowl left. That went into the refrigerator in a microwavable bowl for a future date I'm sure he will volunteer to clean it up... (Smile)

These Were My Orders (smile)

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