Funeral Potatoes Recipe

Whether you’re  hailing from Utah and refer to the recipe as Funeral Potatoes or a Southerner from Mississippi that calls it Hashbrown Casserole, this recipe is pretty darn delicious if you ask me or any of the folks I have made it for. It’s really the perfect casserole for the holidays, work potlucks, church functions, any gathering that requires a covered dish. Just simply combine shredded hashbrowns, extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded Colby-Jack cheese, cream of chicken soup, cream cheese, sautéed onion, and minced garlic.

The list of names for this casserole dish that uses those famous frozen hash browns is almost endless depending on where you live in the United States. I have heard them called, Church Lady Potatoes, Christmas Potatoes, Heartstopper Hashbrown Casserole, Ward Potatoes, Cheesy Potato Casserole,  Pittsburg Potatoes, as well as  Church Social Potatoes by some.
You might ask, “How did this casserole ever became known as Funeral Potatoes in Utah?” It seems about 15-16 years ago  Funeral Potatoes became a staple served at dinners given for bereaved friends and family after a Latter Day Saints funeral. I’m sure they were being served up in Utah long before they were fondly nicknamed, “Funeral Potatoes” Continue reading

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Bratwurst Cheddar Potato Soup

One of the things I love about fall and winter is the endless variety of soups is, not only do they taste fantastic but warm my belly and soul on a chilly Fall day. Bratwurst Cheddar Potato Soup is a creamy, cheesy, thick, hearty soup that combines most of our husband’s favorite  man approved ingredients; quality grilled Bratwurst sausages, deliciously sharp Wisconsin-style cheddar cheese, and chunky potatoes simmered to perfection. It’s the perfect idea for lunch, dinner, or even Game night with the guys this fall and winter seasons.

How can you go wrong with ingredients like grilled Bratwurst, Wisconsin-Style Cheddar Cheese, and chunky potatoes? Bratwurst is definitely a big favorite with my husband and family, so when I make this thick, rich and creamy Bratwurst Cheddar Potato Soup it never lasts long at our dinner table and I am definitely betting it won’t last long on your dinner table either. Don’t be afraid to serve some extra freshly finely shredded cheddar cheese on the top at the dinner table it only makes this even more tempting to cheese lovers.

bratwurst-cheddar-potato-soupBratwurst is considered a type of German sausage made from veal, pork or beef. The name Bratwurst is from the Old High German, Brätwurst from brät-, meaning  finely chopped meat, and Wurst meaning, sausage, although in modern times German it is often associated with the verb braten, which means to pan fry or roast. Continue reading

Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet

Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is a combination of crabmeat, cabbage, celery, sweet red bell peppers, mild cheddar cheese, cream cheese,sour cream, mayo, soy sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a touch of seasoning. The Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is then baked to a bubbly perfection in a 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes.

If you live near the Olive Branch Mississippi or Memphis area chances are you may have visited the Hunan Chinese Buffet on Goodman Road, it’s the Mississippi hot spot for lunch after church and always packed. There’s Crab Casserole on their American side of the buffet table that my mom loves so much. Every Sunday after church she piles a little on her plate and devours it, proclaiming it to be really good.Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is a combination of crabmeat, cabbage, celery, sweet red bell peppers, mild cheddar cheese, cream cheese,sour cream, mayo, soy sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice and a touch of seasoning. The Copycat Crab Casserole from Hunan Chinese Buffet is then baked to perfection in a 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes.I decided while my mom was at work I would make the Copycat version of Hunan Chinese Buffet and surprise her tonight; it turned out delicious. It only took me about 40 minutes from start to finish to make it’s so simple and quick to put together and only needs to bake for 30 minutes. Continue reading

Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup

It’s becoming that wonderful time of the year again, where I crave the warm deliciousness of Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup that’s simmered to perfection and layered with simple flavors of Cauliflower. broccoli, onions, celery, carrots, chicken stock,  cream, butter and the perfect cheesy goodness we all love in our warm belly filling bowls of Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup.

It’s also back to school for the kids, and mom’s everywhere are looking for the perfect lunch and dinner meals to serve on those slightly cooler days coming our way. Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup hits the spot in every way with its thick rich base of cheese, butter, broth, cream, and fresh herbs. The Cauliflower and broccoli are cooked to perfection; not too soft, not too crisp, but just right to please the families palette.

Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup 2Everyone has their favorite comfort foods and this Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup seems to hit the spot with everyone that eats it. I find that really it’s not a bunch of crazy, odd spices that make the best Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup, it’s all the layers of flavor and the method used to cook the Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup. Honestly, a pinch of fresh herbs will go a long way when making this wonderful warm inviting soup, however, the kosher salt and fresh ground peppercorns are the star seasonings in this recipe. Continue reading

Spicy Shrimp and Annie’s Homegrown Shells and White Cheddar

Spicy Shrimp and Annie’s Homegrown Shells and White Cheddar is a totally delicious and exciting new recipe made with Certified Grass-fed Organic Annie’s Homegrown Shells and White Cheddar, Shrimp seasoned to perfection with Cajun Spices, fresh Organic veggies; such as peas, red bell peppers, celery, onions sautéed in olive oil, unsalted butter, and smothered in a creamy white cheddar cheese sauce.

Over the years using certified organic grass-fed products has become so important to my family, as well as so many others. Believe me, when I say certified organic isn’t just for hippies anymore. Each day more and more Americans become aware of the need to know what they are nourishing their bodies with. A big Thank you to Annie’s Homegrown for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try their delicious products such as their Certified Grass-fed Organic Annie’s Homegrown Shells and White Cheddar.

Spicy Shrimp and Annie's Homegrown Shells and White Cheddar is totally delicious and exciting new recipe made with Certified Grass-fed Organic Annie's Homegrown Shells and White Cheddar, Shrimp seasoned to perfection with Cajun Spices, Organic veggies such as peas, red bell peppers, celery, and onions sauteed in olive oil and unsalted butter, smothered in a creamy white cheddar cheese sauce.

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Phyllo Egg Cups with Spinach & White Cheddar

Phyllo Egg Cups with Spinach & White Cheddar are so super easy to make you can almost sleepwalk through the process of making this delicious breakfast, combining delicate buttery phyllo dough, sunny side up eggs, spinach, and white sharp cheddar cheese.

What you’ll love about these  Phyllo Egg Cups with Spinach & White Cheddar is the fact they are just so darn easy to make it’s almost ridiculous and the fact you don’t have to stand over the stove watching it cook? You’ll be loving the idea you can just toss them in the oven for about 10-12 minutes and do your thing while they bake up to breakfast perfection.

Phyllo Egg Cups with Spinach & White Cheddar will be that amazing favorite Sunday morning Brunch item combining phyllo dough, sunny side up eggs, spinach and white cheddar cheese guaranteed to make everyone in your family think you truly slaved in the kitchen for them, when in reality all it took was a bit of patience on your part and minimal ingredients.

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Loaded Cauliflower Mash

Deliciously creamy Loaded Cauliflower Mash made with a touch of real butter, sour cream, white cheddar cheese,  topped with bacon, scallions, and a mild cheddar cheese that will have you thinking you are not missing those Loaded Mashed Potatoes laden in extra calories one bit.

What’s not to love about Loaded Cauliflower Mash? It is a lower calorie, lower carb, version of one of you favorite hearty comfort foods; with a ton of flavor and all your favorite goodies you love eating on your loaded mashed potatoes without all the guilt from eating more calories and carbs from the original mashed potato recipe you make for dinner.

Deliciously creamy Mashed cauliflower made with a touch of real butter, cream, white cheddar cheese, topped with bacon, scallions, and a mild cheddar cheese that will have you thinking you are not missing those Loaded Mashed Potatoes laden in extra calories one little bit.

The very first time I tried plain mashed cauliflower, I actually fell in love with the idea back in the late 90’s, it was really perfect for my new low carb diet I was following at the time to shed a few extra pounds I had put on that winter. However, unlike this recipe, it really was fairly plain tasting yet really good.

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