Easy Cheesy Potatoes

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This is a recipe that I make quite often for birthday parties and for pot lucks. It’s easy to make and it’s convenient since you mix it up the night before your event.  On the day of your party all you have to do is place the potato chips on top and bake it in the oven.

First you combine the potatoes and all of the ingredients (except the potato chips) in a bowl.mixed-ingredients

Now mix all of your ingredients (except the potato chips) and then put them in a greased 9×13 inch pan or a 3 quart casserole dish. Refrigerate overnight. Then top with your crushed plain potato chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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Easy Cheesy Potatoes
An easy side dish
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Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds frozen hash brown potatoes
  2. 1/4 onion chopped
  3. 8 oz sour cream
  4. 2 cans of cream of chicken soup
  5. 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  6. 1 cup crushed plain potato chips
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  9. 1/4 cup melted butter
Instructions
  1. First you combine the potatoes and all of the ingredients (except the potato chips) in a bowl. Now mix all of your ingredients (except the potato chips) and then put them in a greased 9x13 inch pan or a 3 quart casserole dish. Refrigerate overnight. Then top with your crushed plain potato chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
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Beef and Onion Sliders

Beef Sliders

 

Here’s an easy main dish or appetizer for a party. A couple of years ago I served these sliders at a garden party. Everyone loved them!  The onions in the sliders deliver a ton of flavor!  A few of the guys at the party couldn’t stop eating them.  One of the guys even left with one or two sliders in their hands.  This is a great dish for a large group; all you have to do is bake them in the oven. The beef and onion sliders are a definite crowd pleaser.  

You start by covering the bottom of a 8×8 baking dish with 1/4 cup dry minced onions.onions-web

Then put 1 pound of ground beef on top of the onions. Pat it down so it is an even layer. Next, season with salt and pepper or with your favorite seasoning.

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Bake the pan in a preheated 400 degree oven for 35 min. After the 35 min, make sure the meat temps at 160 degrees. Next, cut up the meat into 12 equal pieces and put them on the buns. I used King’s Hawaiian Rolls, but you can use any cocktail roll that you have.  Now you can add cheese or your favorite toppings and serve.

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Beef and Onion Sliders
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Cook Time
35 min
Cook Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup dried minced onions
  2. 1 pound ground beef
  3. Salt
  4. Pepper
  5. 12 King's Hawaiian Rolls or other small buns
Instructions
  1. You start by covering the bottom of a 8x8 baking dish with 1/4 cup dry minced onions. Then put 1 pound of ground beef on top of the onions. Pat it down so it is an even layer. Next, season with salt and pepper or with your favorite seasoning. Bake the pan in a preheated 400 degree oven for 35 min. After the 35 min, make sure the meat temps at 160 degrees. Next, cut up the meat into 12 equal pieces and put them on the buns. I used King's Hawaiian Rolls, but you can use any cocktail roll that you have. Now you can add cheese or your favorite toppings and serve.
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Chocolate Mint Cookies

 

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Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!  Here is a cookie that combines the taste of a brownie with the wonderful flavor of Andes Mints. This would be a great treat that you can take to work on Monday to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Get ready for compliments!  These are delicious. 

First melt your chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat.pan

Then remove from the heat and mix in 2 cups of sugar and vanilla.  Beat in eggs one at a time.  Then in a different bowl mix together the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder and salt. Stir dry ingredients into the chocolate mixture pan. Now chill the dough in the refrigerator for 3 hours.

After 3 hours, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease your cookie sheets.  Place 3/4 of a cup of white sugar in a bowl. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Roll dough balls in white sugar to coat. Arrange 3 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets.

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Bake 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven. The cookies will be soft when removed from the oven.  Now place 1/2 of an Andes Mint in the center of each cookie. The mint will melt a little in the center. Transfer to a rack to cool.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day eating!chocolate mint cookie

 

Chocolate Mint Cookies
Yields 24
A delicious mint cookie
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Ingredients
  1. 4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  2. 1/2 cup butter
  3. 2 3/4 cups white sugar
  4. 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  5. 4 eggs
  6. 2 cups flour
  7. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  8. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 package Andes Mints
Instructions
  1. First melt your chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat. Then remove from the heat and mix in 2 cups of sugar and vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time. Then in a different bowl mix together the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder and salt. Stir dry ingredients into the chocolate mixture pan. Now chill the dough in the refrigerator for 3 hours. After 3 hours, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease your cookie sheets. Place 3/4 of a cup of white sugar in a bowl. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Roll dough balls in white sugar to coat. Arrange 3 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven. The cookies will be soft when removed from the oven. Now place 1/2 of an Andes Mint in the center of each cookie. The mint will melt a little in the center. Transfer to a rack to cool. Happy St. Patrick's Day eating!
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Chicken Alfredo

Chicken Alfredo

 

Looking to amaze your family with an incredible meal?  Here is one of my favorite recipes!  Every time I make this recipe I feel like we are enjoying something that was made at the most amazing Italian restaurant.  After making this dish a few times, you won’t be able to find a better Chicken Alfredo anywhere.  A friend in college (who worked at a local Italian restaurant) gave me this recipe. He knew the recipe by heart since he had to make it fresh every time he had to go to work.  This is a convenient meal to make since it does not require many ingredients.  My family and I love this recipe and I know you and your family will too.

Start by cooking your chicken.  I bake my chicken breasts in the oven.  Once they are cooked, I cut them into strips and I set them aside.  Next melt your butter in a pan.melting butterNow add a 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese to the butter to make a paste. You may want to pull the pan off the burner for a second while you make the paste so it does not get too hot.

butter-and-parm-mixing-2-finalNow add 1 pint of 1/2 and 1/2.  You must keep stirring constantly to avoid burning the sauce. Now you can add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of parmesan cheese. You can also stir in the 1 teaspoon of garlic salt.  Keep stirring over medium heat until the sauce starts to simmer.  

pouring in half and halfOnce it simmers, you can mix in your cooked chicken.  Then continue to stir with the chicken breasts in the pan until the chicken is warm.  Make sure you stir the whole time. Now you can serve over your favorite pasta. 

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Chicken Alfredo
A great pasta dish
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Ingredients
  1. 4 tablespoons of butter or margarine
  2. 1 pint 1/2 and 1/2
  3. 2 cups grated parmesan cheese
  4. 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  5. Cooked chicken cut into bite size pieces
  6. Garnish with Italian parsley if desired.
  7. Your favorite cooked pasta
Instructions
  1. Start by cooking your chicken. I bake my chicken breasts in the oven. Once they are cooked, I cut them into strips and I set them aside. Next melt your butter in a pan.
  2. Now add a 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese to the butter to make a paste. You may want to pull the pan off the burner for a second while you make the paste so it does not get too hot.
  3. Now add 1 pint of 1/2 and 1/2. You must keep stirring constantly to avoid burning the sauce. Now you can add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of parmesan cheese. You can also stir in the 1 teaspoon of garlic salt. Keep stirring over medium heat until the sauce starts to simmer.
  4. Once it simmers, you can mix in your cooked chicken. Then continue to stir with the chicken breasts in the pan until the chicken is warm. Make sure you stir the whole time. Now you can serve over your favorite pasta.
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