Macaroni and Cheese. Not your ‘open a box and add water’ Mac n Cheese. This is the fancy kind. With Planko crust. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm….. Actually I don’t like Mac n Cheese. And if I did, I’d probably prefer the box kind. But this sure is pretty!
Whenever I had to attend a potluck, people would request my mom’s cheese potatoes. Luckily I have no pride issues when it comes to cooking. So, even as an adult, I would ask my mom to make them for me. Now, however, I live too far away from her so I had to learn to make them myself. Fortunately they are really simple to make. And I can promise you they will be a hit at any potluck. Even cheese snobs love them. Kind of makes me smile inside when they do because they don’t have to know they are made with Velveeta.
So, here’s what you’ll need to have:
A log of Velveeta (2 cups or half a regular log), 2 lb bag of frozen hash brown potatoes, 1/2 cup of butter (or margarine), 1 can cream of mushroom (makes it vegetarian), 2 cups of sour cream, 2 tablespoons minced onion, 1 teaspoon of salt, a large mixing bow and a 9 x 13 baking pan. Oh…and an oven.
Cut the Velveeta into cubes…
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl…
Put the mixture in the baking pan…
Bake without a lid at 350 degrees for 1 hour, but stir it up after half an hour. This will make sure you get the butter and cheese all mixed up real well before it’s finished.
I hope you and your friends enjoy it. I’d love to hear back from those of you who gave it a go! I’ll be shocked if anyone said they didn’t love it.