I was driving to work the other day, and the temperature was 16. SIXTEEN. Since I'm a glutton for punishment, I then had to check the weather online. With the wind chill, the temperature felt like 2. TWO!!
This kind of weather requires cozy food. Enter Mom's Cheesy Potatoes.
I'll admit, this isn't the classiest dish I've made, and it has one or two minimally processed ingredients. But nothin' beats Mom's Cheesy Potatoes when you need to warm up your middle.
Serves: My brother and one of his friends or 8 other people
1 can cream of chicken soup
16 ounces sour cream
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper
32 ounce bag of frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 stick butter, melted
2 cups Grape Nuts Flakes cereal*
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together soup, sour cream, onion powder, and garlic powder. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in potatoes and cheese. Pour mixture into the baking dish.
In a separate bowl, stir together butter and Grape Nuts Flakes. Spread on top of the potatoes.
Bake the cheesy potatoes for one hour. If the topping is getting too brown, cover with foil and continue baking.
*Make sure you get Grape Nuts FLAKES and not regular Grape Nuts. Using cereal on top might sound odd, but it's reeeeeaaallly good. My mom would substitute Wheaties, my dad's favorite breakfast cereal, in a pinch, though.