Long term readers know that every year I put a 'Guy's Recipe' for the holidays on the blog. I've convinced myself that everyone remembers and is anxiously waiting for this year's taste treat.
Guys--this is one of the easiest yet--lots of credit and little work, especially if you have your spouse pick up the ingredients. BUT, unlike the earlier recipes that dealt with breakfast or game-time snacks, this one goes mainline and takes center stage on the dinner table. So…expect some pushback from the spouse when you say "move over--I'm doing some cooking."
And now for the advanced planning part: Set out a 30oz bag of shredded frozen potatoes to thaw for several hours or overnight before proceeding.
The next day dump them into a tub, throw in a can each of good old cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soup (don’t add any water), also dump in a couple of cups of sour cream and most of a 16oz bag of shredded cheddar cheese.
You could also sprinkle in some white pepper and powered garlic and onion, but be brave and use some real onions--I'm partial to scallions--plus some red or green pepper for appearance sake (remember the mantra of the TV cooking shows: 'presentation is everything'.
If you're courageous (that means more than brave) fry some bacon and break it up into small pieces or get out some of that venison sausage that’s been in the freezer since last year. Toss whichever into the heap.
Mix everything into a big glob and dump into a lubed baking dish. Flatten it out and then sprinkle on the remaining shredded cheese. It's ok to ice it until ready to bake or stroke up the fire to about 350 degrees and bake for 40-50 minutes. Let the top get bubbly and cheese start to brown (remember: presentation).
Serve to the sound of accolades. Dig in!
Also scroll down the blog posts to try out some my previous 'Guy's Recipes'.
2013 Guy's Caramel Corn Recipe
2012 Guy's Chips Supreme Recipe
2011 Guy's Baked French Toast
2010 Guy's Bread Pudding
2009 Guy's Baked Apples