10/13/08

Potato Ho For Life, G.



There are things we just will not admit. Guilty pleasures, little secrets that only our bff knows and that's only because you made her triple pinkie swear she would never tell. Oh yeah, you know what I'm talking about. I bet you're mentally going through that list right now. Maybe you are wondering what does Krysta know and more importantly how did she find out? Never mind how I found out, your secrets are safe with me but a little quid pro quo never hurt, now did it Clarice?

-I sucked my thumb until I was 13. It took wearing boxing gloves at night to break me of this habit.

-I didn't learn to ride a bike until about 12. (Seriously, what in the hell was wrong with me? Thumb sucking, no bike riding?!)

-If you put a package of Mint Milanos in front of me, I would have no problem or second thoughts about eating the whole package in one sitting.

-I cry every single time I watch Field of Dreams. Starting to tear up now. Oh crap, you know what? I admit... I cry at almost every movie. There I said it. I'm a big ol' sap. My husband always looks over at me and says, 'Are you crying, yet?' Which I always answer, 'No, leave me alone.' while I'm wiping my eyes and sniffling.

-I ditched class, played hooky, cut class one time just to go home and eat leftovers of this dish. I should have known then I was a potato ho for life. As I just typed this I thought of something. Wouldn't it be funny if instead of this...



you got this...



All righty then... so this dish is something, I guess it's from Cracker Barrel or whatever. I never knew and you know what? If all you food snobs are going to stick your nose up in the air at this recipe, I'm gonna spill all your dirty little secrets that I swore and pinkie promised I wouldn't ever, ever, ever tell... 'cause I'm a hard core potato ho like that. Don't mess with me, G.



Potato Ho For Life: Potato Casserole (cobbled together from memory)

1 small yellow onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
a couple cloves of garlic, minced
1 package of diced/cubed hash browns, thawed
1 cup of sour cream
8 oz. cheddar cheese
1 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1 lb. cubed ham
salt and pepper

topping:

1/4 cup melted butter
1 1/2 cup cup crushed corn flakes

Mix melted butter and corn flakes together and set aside.

Pre-heat oven to 350.

In a skillet, saute onions in butter and olive oil until translucent. Then add bell peppers and garlic. Stirring frequently. When bell peppers are tender, about 5 minutes, add flour to pan. Stir and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Gradually add milk and stir. You made roux, woo-ho! I only said that because it rhymed. (you can add a can of condensed cream of chicken soup if you don't want to go through with this step)

While the onions are cooking, grease a 9x12 pan. Mix hash browns, cheese, sour cream, and ham together. Then add the onion mixture. Stir and add mixture to greased pan. Add corn flake mixture to the top of the potato mixture and bake in the oven for about one hour until bubbly and brown on top.

Tasting notes: This is serious comfort food. You know those times when food is the only thing that might make it better. This is when you make this dish. It's even better when you add an egg over easy on the top.



This is my potato ho entry hosted this month by Hillary from Chew on That.

32 comments:

MeadowLark said...

For the record, I can eat an entire bag of amaretto Milanos. ohmigodthey'regood.

That looks AMAZING btw!

Jill said...

No nose turning going on here. This exact same recipe is on my menu for the week. We call it Funeral Potatoes because when ever there is a funeral at church, someone brings this dish to the dinner afterwards.

And I would never, ever eat an entire bag of cookies. But watch out if you put an open bag of potato chips in front of me!!!

Jill

Stacey Snacks said...

Is that Anthony Bourdain with that hot bod?

asthmagirl said...

Wow! And I love eggs over easy... you're playing my song!

Smashley said...

I need some hashbrown casserole now! This looks delicious.

My guilty pleasure is a poached egg (runny yolk) over stovetop stuffing, or regular homemade stuffing...MMMM!

Mental P Mama said...

Yum. Yum. Yum.

chefectomy said...

TPP, I won't tell about Cracker Barrel. This actually looks good after some serious drinking...

Cheryl said...

That is exactly what I need right now. Holy CRAP!

noble pig said...

Oh good mother mary in heaven this is awesome...oh my I'm feeling religious right now.

Tom Aarons said...

Fantastic - tasty potatoes with a wonderful dose of hilarity! Gotta love it! :)

Kristin said...

Thank you so much, Krysta, for allowing me to start my day with a photo of a fat, tattooed belly. Gross. Though that's probably what MY belly is going to look like by the time I finish eating all of our potatoes . . .

Ty'sMommy said...

WOW. I don't normally do nice things for my husband, but I am SO gonna have to make that for him - it looks amazing!

Grace said...

well, in one fell swoop, i went to fondly thinking about field of dreams (undoubtedly one of the best movies ever) to puking a little bit in my mouth to hearing my stomach grumble. that's the sign of a good post. :)

jack's utter lack of surprise said...

im impressed with myself for recognizing the corn flake factor.

Fishin' Mama said...

Oh my gosh we learned so much....and the fat tatoo guy..ummm there are no words to explain!
But the dish looks delish....I could be a ho for potatoes too. Wait...that didn't sound right did it??

Kristy - Where's My Damn Answer said...

I think my Mom used to make something similar to that with the cornflakes. It was OH SO YUMMY.

melissa said...

I would definitely have a runny egg over mine. I think I've told you before that while I say I am no potato ho, it's more because I don't like mashed the way everyone else does (or scalloped). But if you make hash browns extra crispy, I am ALL OVER IT. Extra crispy fries too, but it's hard to get people to make them that way where I think they're juuust right.

I wish I could tell you I sucked my thumb too. Instead I'll just look at you sideways and mutter "weirdo."

;)

(I do cry at every damn thing though)

Music Food and Love said...

I found your site today coming from link to link. It's a nice place you have here, you have some funny posts and yummy recipes, this potato one looks delicious, I will try this one for sure.
About the bike ride, I suck on that too. Until today I can only ride in a straight line!I have no balance...

Pam said...

This is the perfect breakfast...or lunch...or dinner. I think I may have to make this tonight - my husband would be a very happy man.

SNJ said...

I'm definitely a potato ho! I think I possibly had an orgasm just looking at that picture. Of the food of course. Not the tattoed fat guy!

Midwest Mommy said...

My mouth is watering!
Yum

mindy said...

looks yummy, and p.s., i'm all for telling food snobs to shove it where the sun don't shine. you feel me, girl?

(sorry, watched too many episodes of the Wire this fall. that, and Pineapple Express: "THUG life.")

Elra said...

Krysta,
You are absolutely hilarious! About the sucking thumb thing..., I tell you what, my sister won't be able to sleep if she didn't tickle her own belly button, this was happening all the way until she finished her middle school! I also didn't learn to ride my back until I was 12. I was forced to learn to bike, otherwise I had to walk for 15 miles to my middle school, to get to my school (in Bali) I had to walk up and down the hills, in between the rice field. I was late all the time, finally my parent really forced me to learn to ride a bike, or else..... See I was worse then you! Oh one more thing, who doesn't like Mint Milanos? I can eat 3 packages in one sitting, I am totally serious!!!!!!!!!

Oh I must comment to your recipe, otherwise you won't think I am a potato ho either.....
Looking good Krysta, no! Not that sic pack guy...
Your potato.... it's mouth watering, serious. I'll make this for breakfast, is it okay?

Mrs. L said...

Oh Good Lord this looks yummy. Serious comfort food yummy. And don't get me near an open bag of chips because I'll fight you for every last one.

Mama Goose said...

Oh dear God in heaven... Save me. That's right up my alley, and I'm needing me some serious comfort. Mmm, mmm, mmm.

cook eat FRET said...

all good
all comforty and delicious

but the egg made it a total thing of beauty. perfection.

totally...

Aggie said...

As usual, I am laughing...

I actually worked at Cracker Barrel (ugh, did I just admit that?)

this looks delicious!

jennyonthespot said...

OK, if I wasn't already on my period I'd swear I was going to be starting soon, cuzz - while movies make you cry - that recipe moved me to tears. That hot picture of that feller helped too...

MaryBeth said...

All I have to say is YUMMO!!!!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

I want this, I want this, I want this. I will cut class for this too.

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