Minnesota Cooking: Cheesy Hashbrowns Finished in a Crockpot
I printed off a recipe from the Simply Potato website, but I used my own Russet potatoes. I peeled and grated my potatoes and grated them using my food processor with the grating blades.
Normally I would rinse my sliced potatoes, but since I grated them, I added them to the pan, potato starch and all.
I made some substitutions.
So. Instead of a bag of Simply Potatoes, I used 9 Russet potatoes. I used 1 can of Cream of Chicken and 1 Can of Cream of Mushroom soup, 1 12 ounce bottle of 1% Milk from the Convenience Store, 1 8 ounce Sour Cream, 1/4 cup of chopped chives instead of minced onion, 1/4 cup of butter in frying pan, 1 cup fresh mushrooms, 2 cups of Velveeta Shredded Cheese, 1 teaspoon of Poultry Seasoning, 2 cups of diced ham and 1 teaspoon of Powdered Chicken boullion.
I like to put the butter in the frying pan and get the mushrooms caramelized then, add the rest of the ingredients to them.
My hubby said he does not like the crunchy coating, so no cornflakes, no potato chips, no deep fried onions, but maybe a little sprinkle of shredded cheese, browned on the surface.
Since I cooked this in the crock pot, there was no browning.
I placed my potatoes in a bowl of cold water and started to peel them one by one.
We had just gotten some fresh mushrooms, so I put them through the food processor and chopped them very fine and put them in a frying pan with some butter and started to caramelize them.
Okay, so, I mainly cooked up the mushrooms and chives in the butter, then, added the rest of the ingredients, made it sloppy with the milk and poured the whole works into the crockpot.
We were expecting company for New Years, so this was going to be the side dish for the rest of the food.
I set the crockpot on high for the first six hours. When it came to a boil, I started watching it for the final merging. What I mean is that the creams, cheeses and milks started to become a thick gravy. As soon as I saw this, I turned the crockpot to warm and let it maintain its heat.
It Was Yummy
There were only four of us for New Years and there was a lot left over, so I ate Cheesy Potatoes most of the week.
They were excellent rewarmed. I used a paper bowl and my microwave for 2 minutes. The cheese melted, so the flavor was cheesy and the poultry seasoning gave it that extra punch of flavor.
You can use a spoonful of Seasoned salt to bump up the flavor.