This is a first; TWO recipes in ONE post and BOTH are LIFE CHANGING! And terrifyingly easy. And huge crowd pleasers. So much so that one Caregiver had this to say after eating my Aunt Hope's cheesy potatoes...
This says it all...I've got a great extended family, friends, #ReliefSquad members, neighbors & former co-workers with delicious recipes that we get to share with those who need a belly hug the most: Caregivers and their loved ones.
Without further ado, recipe #1 is Cheesy Potatoes. This one is more "dinner" but I've also served with breakfast too!
1 Family size Classic Bob Evans mashed potatoes
1 pack of cooked bacon (in the salad dressing aisle)
2 cups shredded cheddar or Colby jack cheese
Spread potatoes in a baking dish (if using a full cake pan size, I like to do 2 containers of potatoes to make it really nice and dense hehe) then sprinkle on bacon and top with the cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes uncovered and then for the last 20-30 minutes cover with foil to prevent over browning.
*Warning: these make excellent leftovers*
Recipe #2 (a Cracker Barrel copycat) is definitely more of a brunch/breakfast side dish but I'm sure no one would complain if you forced them to eat it at dinner. And again, leftovers taste delicious.
2 lbs. frozen hash browns
1/2 cup butter melted
1 can cream of chicken
1 pint sour cream
1/2 cup chopped onion (optional)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Mix all ingredients and spread in baking dish. Bake at 350 for 45 min-1 hour or until brown on top! If you like crispier hashbrowns then definitely bake for the full hour!