Sunday, May 29, 2011

Party Potatos

There are many versions of this party pleaser. I modified my sister Stephenie's version to my personal tastes. The variations are endless with this one, have fun and experiment.

Serves 8-12

1 bag cubed frozen hash browns
1 stick butter, melted
1 bag shredded cheddar cheese
1 lb sour cream
1 can cream of celery soup
1 bunch green onions, chopped
garlic powder, to taste
paprika, to taste
fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients into a suitable baking dish, mixing evenly. Bake on 400 until the top of the potatoes looks brown and slightly crispy. Serve warm.

*I live in a studio, which includes on powerful but tiny, mini stove. I can only bake one item at a time unfortunately. In a pinch since I was also baking off my bean dip, I cooked the one from yesterday in the microwave (cheating I know). I cooked this on high for about 6 minutes, stirred and then cooked again for another 6 minutes. While it did not come out of the oven golden brown and beautiful, it was a definite BBQ favorite...You can always modify and tweak the recipes and process as you see fit...

The Tiny but Mighty Stove!

Bean Dip

Using chili beans that you can only buy in the Midwest ( My mom mailed me an entire box of Brooks Hot Chili Bans) I resurrected this party time favorite for my Seattle friends...It is always a hit, and so simple to prepare.

Servings 8-20

1 16oz can hot chili beans
1 32oz can re-fried beans
1 16oz jar Pace Picante Salsa, or your favorite salsa
1 bunch green onion
1bag shredded cheese. I prefer cheddar

Spread re-fried beans into the bottom of rectangular baking pan. Top re-fried beans with chili beans and salsa, evenly spreading the two. Finish off with shredded cheddar (or your favorite cheese) and diced green onions to taste. Personally I think the more the better when it comes to green onions.

Bake on 400 for approx 15-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and slightly browned. Serve warm with tortilla chips...And hopefully a Margarita!