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"A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch." - James Beard


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Potatoes New Orleans

When I was in college my friends had a potluck dinner. I have no recollection of what I brought but I'll never forget that night because I was introduced to Potatoes New Orleans.  Thankfully, the friend who brought them didn't assemble them in advance but let us watch her put them together in all their glory.  It was fascinating to me how these trashy-seeming ingredients could come together and make something so delicious!

This is not a recipe I make often because it doesn't fit into my general healthy eating plan, but once in a while it's a delicious treat and your guests will be blown away by the flavour. Do make sure you make it for guests because this is way too much for two people.

Here's the crazy stuff you need. Don't be afraid, it'll all work out.

I bag hashbrowns
500 ml sour cream
1 can cream of mushroom soup (or any cream soup)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
green onions
2 tablespoons butter
1 can/carton fried onions (this should be availble near the croutons in your grocery store and is a totally crazy ingredient. If you can't find these, you can substitute crushed potato chips, believe it or not)

Grease a 9 x 13 pan and add all the ingredients except the fried onions.  

Mix together well and smooth into the pan.  Top with black pepper.  I didn't use any salt because all these processed ingredients will make it plenty salty, but you can add a sprinkle if you like.  

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Then top with the french fried onions and bake another 10 minutes until crispy on top, warm in the centre and bubbling at the sides.

We were in such a hurry to chow down I almost forgot to take a picture of the finished product but here it is after a few servings were removed. So delicious and terrible! 

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