D-Freakin’-Licious

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As Charles sleeps lots later than me on the weekends, I generally cook breakfast while he’s still sleeping and wake him when it’s ready. Sundays tend to be a larger breakfast and where I guess I’ve recouped a little from the week’s work and feel like experimenting. Today, I realized we had some frozen hashbrowns in the freezer and I really wanted to make something cheesy and tasty with them.

So, I looked up some recipes and made some changes, based on ingredients from another recipe (this one). Here goes:

  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup condensed chicken soup
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen hash browns
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 tablespoons bacon crumbles

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. (I used a 2.2 quart glass pyrex dish.) In a large bowl, mix the soup and sour cream together. Add the hash browns and stir to coat them very well. Add 3/4 cup of the cheddar cheese, butter, onion, salt, pepper, and bacon. Stir well to distribute. Spoon into dish and sprinkle remaining 3/4 cup of cheddar cheese on the top of the mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and cook an additional 10 minutes. Place on broil until cheese is lightly browned. Serve. 🙂

I hope you try this – it’s an ultimate comfort food, too! With the outside looking so dreary and rainy this morning, comfort food definitely hit the spot! As Charles said, this is vacation quality!

P.S. Charles gave me the title for this post – LOL!  It’s perfect!! 🙂

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Country Southern Cooking

Living in the South, I grew up with lots of Southern cooking. There’s no other comfort foods in the world like Southern food. Or at least not that I’ve found!

I had a recipe for country gravy from (I think) my mother-in-law, but I have altered it to be lower in sodium because of my husband’s health concerns. I did want to share it, though, because it’s a really great recipe for anyone who wants that comfort without all the sodium. (If you want to make this and you want to use the normal recipe, you can add salt and about 1/2 pound of cooked sausage, crumbled into the gravy.)

*I’m sorry I don’t have a picture of this delectable dish for you to see. When it was ready, a camera slipped my mind!! Silly me!!*

Country Gravy

  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • dash of salt

In a skillet over medium heat, melt butter and oil together. When melted, add the flour, one tablespoon at a time, stirring constantly.  Continue cooking on medium, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Begin adding milk about 1/2 cup at a time, still stirring constantly. Continue cooking until desired consistancy has been reached, usually about 2 more minutes. Add pepper and salt. Stir well and serve over homemade biscuits.

Soooo good, especially if you have it like we do…at dinnertime. Around here, breakfast foods are not always restricted to breakfast hours!! 😀