Uncle Chuck’s Hash Brown Casserole

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uncle Chucks Hash brown Casserole

Today I am sharing with you my brother’s recipe for hash brown casserole. He can cook, too! It kinda runs in the family. Although, he know’s I am the BETTER cook! (haha) But honestly my brother is such a great guy; I can always count on him. I always tell people he is my toughest critic; mainly because he is honest… brutally honest. If I want to know the truth about one of my recipes I just make it for him. Do you want to know how I have coded how good a recipe is when letting him taste it? Well… I am going to tell you anyway =p Here it is: 1.) Takes a bite, says “eww” – I know now this recipe is no good. 2.) takes a bite looks at me then goes in the room to continue eating – That means it’s good but could use a little tweaking. 3.) Takes a bit looks at me nods his head in approval and says “it’s good” then sometime in the week to follow he will ask when I am making that particular dish again- This means it is Fan- Freaking-tastic… I nailed it!

 

Ingredients:

1 (30 oz ) bag frozen hash browns

1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken

1/2 stick of butter (melted)

4-5 slices of bacon (fried and crumbled)

1 – 1 1/2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese ( I use mild)

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Pour frozen hash browns in a greased 13 X 9 cake pan and spread them out evenly. Pour half a stick of melted butter evenly over the frozen hash browns.

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Next use a spatula and spread the cream of chicken soup over the hash browns (like you are icing a cake).

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Sprinkle with  shredded cheese and crumbled bacon.

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Bake un-covered for 45-50 minutes or until the hash browns are soft and the cheese is browned.

p.s. Don’t look at the little bite missing from the corner… Oops! LOL

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Broccoli Casserole

broccoli

If you are looking for an easy weeknight side dish that everyone will love.. this is it! 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 C. Frozen shredded hash browns

1 C. shredded cheddar cheese

1 1/2 C. Heavy whipping cream

1 pack frozen broccoli steamers (12 oz.)

1/2 pack of bacon fried, drained, & crumbled

1/4 C. Shredded cheddar cheese to melt on the top

1/4 C. French fried onions to sprinkle on the top ( Or if you are like me and just throw a handful or 2, or 3 on the top.. I love french fried onions!)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

serves 4-6 depending on what you consider a serving , I would go with 4 😉

Directions:

First  fry,  drain & crumble bacon. Set aside. In a 2 qt greased baking dish add frozen broccoli, frozen hash browns, cheese, and bacon. Next pour heavy whipping cream evenly over the top of casserole. Cover with foil and bake for about an hour, or until broccoli is soft. Take foil off add french fried onions and cheese bake another 10 minutes.

Chili Pasta Casserole

chili pasta

This is one of my favorite recipes! Anytime I make Chili I always double the recipe so I have enough to make this amazing chili pasta casserole.

Ingredients:

2 1/2-3 Cups left over Chili

8 oz. block of Monterey Jack cheese cubed

8 oz. Monterey Jack cheese shredded

1 Tbsp. butter

1 1/2 Cups heavy whipping cream

1- 1lbs. box penne pasta

Directions:

Cook pasta according to package minus 3 minutes. Drain pasta and set aside. In a medium size sauce pot over medium heat add butter, cubed Monterey jack cheese, chili, and heavy whipping cream. Cook until cheese is melted. Next pour pasta into chili mixture and stir so sauce evenly coats all noodles. Pour chili pasta into a greased 13X9 pan, cover with foil and bake 20 minutes. Take chili pasta out add an even layer of shredded cheese and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Brussels Sprout Casserole (photo taken before I added french Fried Onions)

Brussels Sprout Casserole (photo taken before I added french Fried Onions)

ingredients :
3 cups shredded raw Brussels sprouts
1/2 pound of bacon
1/2 a medium size onion
1/4 C.white cooking wine
16 Oz (or half a large block) Velveeta cheese cubed
1 C. heavy cream
1/2 cup french fried onions (optional)
Directions: * Preheat oven to 350 degrees *
cook Brussels sprouts in boiling salt water for 7 minutes or until tender. Drain. Cut bacon into small pieces using a knife or kitchen shears. In a medium size stock pot fry the bacon. Once bacon is almost finished cooking add the onion. Cook till translucent. Next add 1/4 cup of white cooking wine to the pan to de -glaze Make sure to scrap all the brown bits off the bottom of the pan, they will add extra flavor. Next add the brussels sprouts and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the cheese and heavy cream mix until cheese is melted. Next add salt if needed ( sometimes extra salt is not needed depending in the bacon) and pepper taste. Grease a 13X9 cake pan and pour Brussels sprout mixture in to it. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, then take casserole out and add french fried onions and bake uncovered for 5 minutes or until french fried onions are crispy.

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