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I am a retired nurse and currently enjoying being a stay-at-home Mom and Wife.  I am the blessed mother of two and the proud grandmother of two. Cooking for me has always been a Love/Hate relationship.  I used to HATE to cook and anything to do with the kitchen yet I LOVED to eat good food.  A few years ago I got hooked on the Food Network channel.  The only thing that was wrong with that was, that I'd see all this amazing food and I can't cook like that.  My repertoire consisted of stuff like Sloppy Joe's and Hamburger Helper.  Well, one day, I had a crazy moment and decided I'd try one of the easy recipes from that Southern Queen of the kitchen, Paula Deen.  Now, to be honest, my first few forays into the unexplored territory of completely homemade recipes didn't always turn out as planned but most of them tasted pretty good.  As time went on, I got a little braver and started tweaking recipes to make them my own.  Sometimes they turned out beautifully and well, sometimes they didn't.  Sometimes I just had to shake my head and laugh...it was either that or cry (as a nurse, I can attest to the fact that laughter is the best medicine.)  Anyway, my Momma didn't raise a quitter so I keep trying and I even amaze myself sometimes when whatever I've cooked comes out amazing (like my Skillet Apple Pie).  Since my kitchen is not like the Food Network where you can have multiple "do overs" (and yours probably isn't either) I decided to share the fun on this blog.  I hope you enjoy sharing the journey with me, in the beauties that turn out, the blunders that don't and the bloopers that are just funny.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Baked Potato Casserole

Baked Potato Casserole
Do you ever wonder what to do with leftovers?  If you're like me, then the answer is probably yes.  With just the three of us in our family at home (my grown son lives in Wyoming), we never finish what I've cooked the same night.   A couple of nights ago, I decided to do a budget friendly dinner and made baked potatoes.  I put out all the goodies (shredded cheese, sour cream, butter, bacon bits, etc.) so that each of us could make our Loaded Potato the way we wanted it.  They were wonderful and very economical.  The problem is, I baked a couple extra thinking my daughter and husband might want them for their lunch the next day but they didn't need lunch because both had meetings to go to that provided lunch.  Well, if you've ever had leftover baked potatoes, they're not nearly as good the second time around.  So, I racked my poor little pea brain (which is never a good thing) and decided to try and make a casserole out of the leftover potatoes.   I must be taking after Paula Deen because my leftover potatoes turned out YUMMY!!!!  The best part.....it was super easy.  Here's what you do:

Baked Potato Casserole
Leftover Baked Potatoes (I used 2 large potatoes)
8 oz sour cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 milk, cream or half & half
4 tablespoons of butter (melted)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
bacon bits
diced green onions or chives (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Slice potatoes (with skin removed - it gets tough) into 1/4 inch slices and layer in casserole dish.  Mix sour cream, milk, salt, garlic powder and butter together and pour over potatoes.  Sprinkle bacon bits over potatoes and cover with shredded cheese.  *If you wish to add green onions or chives, add before cheese.  Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes until heated through.  Enjoy!