Thursday, September 18, 2008

Ranch Potato Casserole

This right here is potato goodness at its absolute finest, a recipe I am so excited to share & one I got from Real Mom Kitchen. We had this dish as a side to some steak I threw on the grill this past Sunday as well as some sauteed squash & zucchini. Delicious times! This one is good for the whole family, like a loaded baked potato but without the fuss. The picture speaks for itself I think. This is a must try!!!!

I believe I am out of my funk, thanks to all of you who inspire me with your creativity, intelligence, wit, humor, even the cute practicalities of your everyday life, the list goes on. It really does!! 2 more days until my little boy's 5th birthday party & I believe the adrenaline rush I desperately needed is starting to come on. I am also 100 pages away from the end of Eclipse. I have been very good with savoring!!!!!! It has left me breathless on more than one occasion.


Ranch Potato Casserole

6 to 8 med. potatoes, cubed (I used the tiny bag of fingerlings, unpeeled)

1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 c. prepared Ranch dressing
1-2 strips bacon, torn (I only used 1 strip of turkey bacon & it seemed enough)
2 tbsp. fresh minced parsley (I just sprinkled in some dried)
1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

Boil the potatoes until tender (approx 15 min) & set aside. Combine sour cream, dressing, parsley & 1 cup of cheese. Carefully mix in the potatoes. Place in a greased 13x9 inch baking pan. Top with 1/2 cup of cheese & bacon. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Thoughts:

I made just a few changes from Real Mom. I didn't peel the potatoes as she does because anytime I can leave some skin I will. I also did not cook the potatoes for too long because I wanted them to maintain their form & not turn to mashed when I incorporated the wet ingredients. So, make sure to mix carefully.

30 comments:

Maria said...

Looks like a great meal!! Have fun at the party! I know it will be a huge success! Happy Birthday to the little guy!

Jen said...

OK you are making me so hungry. When I can walk like a semi-normal person, I am so going to the store and we are having the exact meal for dinner. Great Stuff!

Casey's trio said...

Potatoes, ranch, cheese and bacon? Sounds like an awesome recipe! I will try this one for sure:)

Elizabeth said...

That sounds delic!

The Nice One said...

Yuuuum! I love potatoes.

Elizabeth said...

This looks amazing!!

Bitsy said...

I think the Ranch Potato Casserole is going on the menu for this weekend! I just know that my kids will love it! And I will too!

Laura said...

So glad you liked the potatoes. I would also love to leave those skins on, but picky kids at my house don't allow it. Great picture too.

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

You have NO IDEA how much I love potatoes - I am so making this the next time I make a steak!!!!!!!!

BTW - I made the kung pao chicken last night - FABULOUS - so delicious - I couldn't stop eatin git - even with my lips burnign and my nose running!!!

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm going to have to try it! It looks great!!!

Molly said...

Any time you can inspire Bitsy to get in the kitchen, you know you must be doing something right!!! It does sound awfully good!

Rick said...

Oh man! That steak looks beautiful!!! And I'm hungry right now. When's supper?

mommaof4wife2r said...

yummo...i use to make something very similar and now, i really want it again! yumm.

Kacey Randolph said...

Um YUMMMMMMYYYY!!! Cannot wait to try this one! I'm glad to hear you are out of your funk my dear. My house is a disaster right now becuase I've been working on party projects. Oh well - the house will be here later - those dishes sure aren't cleaning themselves.

Thanks for another FAB recipe. I'm sending my sister home with several of yours! Thanks!

les_mason_curt said...

so trying this soon... thanks for the inspiration.

Ace C said...

Somebody get me an adress I'm coming over for dinner. Holy crap that steak is calling my name. ACCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

angie said...

Yet another recipe I think my kids would like. Which book do you like the best so far?

Melissa Lester said...

I love potato casserole, and that recipe looks delicious! As a matter of fact, that looks like a perfect meal. If only I had the energy to cook and clean up the kitchen tonight.

Deborah said...

Oh my, these potatoes sound delicious - I'll have to try them! You're making me curious about these books you are reading, I'm going to have to check them out and see what all the fuss is.

JMBMOMMY said...

I LOVE your recipes---you have gotten me back in the kitchen. Made this tonight--it was a HUGE hit!!!!

Rebeckah said...

I wonder if I could just take off all next week and read all your recipes and cook all day long....This looks so yummy!

Oh, and I am sorry you were in a funk and glad you are out of it : ). I don't like funks!

Angela said...

Oh, this looks great! What a beautiful meal! I can't wait to try the cassy. That sounds awesome and I love that type of flavor combo. I will try it with PW's ranch dressing. Yummy!

Life On The Tail Of A Comet said...

I just gained 3 lbs!!

Pumpkin Delight said...

Oh goodness, that looks yummy. Steak, cheese, and bacon, oh my!

gingela5 said...

Anything with potatoes, cheese and bacon is perfection to me. Yummy!

Pam said...

Now this is my kind of casserole! How can you go wrong with potatoes, bacon and cheese? Delicious!

Jennifer said...

Now that is my kind of potatoes--yummy all the way!!!

Deanna said...

We love these potatoes. They are good hot, cold... however!

Jen said...

WE had this for dinner this weekend. It was awesome. Thanks.

Lula! said...

I think I would like to eat this--while rereading Eclipse. Yes, that sounds just about right!