Thursday was an extremely sad day. One of my best friends, Barbara, passed away from cancer. The only consolation is she did not suffer too long. We are all going to miss her immensely. Barbara was one of those people others just naturally gravitated to. She was one of the most generous, kind, warmhearted, welcoming and fun loving people I have ever met. When we moved to FL 10 years ago, we met her and her husband. They lived just a few houses up the street. When ever any one new moved in, Barbara had a neighborhood party to introduce them to the neighbors. She made every occasion special and a lot of fun. I am sure you all have neighborhood get togethers and everyone seems to have their own "specialty". Well, Barbara's was a cheesy potato dish that everyone loved so much, we dubbed it "Barbara's Party Potatoes". I know everytime I make this recipe, I will remember all of the fun and laughter we had together over this ten year span. I just wanted to share her recipe with you.
Barbara's Party Potatoes
1 pkg. of Ore-Ida frozen southern hash brown potatoes (thawed)
1 minced onion
1 can cream of chicken soup
8 oz. sour cream
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 c. melted butter
2 c. crushed corn flakes
Defrost hash browns. Put in greased 9 x 13 pan. Mix in onion. Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese. Mix together soup, sour cream and 1/2 c. of the butter together and spoon over potatoes and cheese. Sprinkle the corn flakes on the top and then drizzle the remaining melted butter over the top.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until heated through. If you have ever had the hashbrown casserole at Cracker Barrel restaurant, this is similar to that. Now, don't even think of adding up the calories - these are party potatoes, although sometimes I make up a pan of them and freeze them in 6 indivudual packages. To re -heat, I sprinkle a little milk on them, cover, and put in the microwave for a minute or just until hot. They are great to have on hand in the freezer.
So, my dear friend, Godspeed on your journey, we will always remember you with much love!