These cheesy potatoes are so, so good and wonderful for special occasions. They are so comforting and everyone loves them. They are even better homemade and it’s really not much harder to make them from scratch.
Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:60 minutes
Total Time:80 minutes
Yield:12 servings 1x
2 1/4 lb red potatoes (or any waxy variety like New, Yukon, Gold etc)
1 1/2 C organic chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
3/4 C milk (or a non-dairy milk like almond, cashew etc)
Start the hash browns by cooking the potatoes, skins on, in a conventional or microwave oven. Let them cool completely afterward.
If you’re using an oven, heat it to 350. Place the potatoes in a covered oven-safe dish and bake about 1 hour 10 minutes. To cook them in the microwave, wrap each potato in a paper towel and arrange them on a microwave-safe plate. Use the baked potato setting to program the time, but set it for one potato less than you’re actually cooking
Refrigerate the potatoes until you’re ready to dice. If you prefer shredded hash browns, keep them in the freezer beforehand.
Combine the stock, milk, salt, garlic and onion powder, no-salt seasoning blend, pepper and arrowroot starch in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook 7-10 minutes or until thickened, stirring often.
Turn the oven on to 350. Dice the potatoes into small bite-sized pieces, or shred them with a grater or food processor. The food processor method works better if the potatoes are frozen.
Melt the cooking fat over medium heat. Add the onion and saute a few minutes until translucent.
Stir in the potatoes and peppers, then cook without stirring for a few minutes to let the potatoes brown. Repeat until the potatoes have evenly browned, adjusting the heat as needed.
Move the hash browns to a large mixing bowl. Fold in the condensed soup, the sour cream or equivalent, two cups of Cheddar cheese and about two tablespoons of Parmesan.
7Empty the mixing bowl into a greased 9″ x 13″ baking dish. Top with the remaining cheeses and optional crushed cereal. Cover with foil and bake one hour, removing the foil halfway through.