I am a huge fan of potatoes. In any form, except raw. I just can’t get enough of potatoes. With gravy, fried, baked, in soup, the list goes on. One of my particular favorites is a dish that my mother would make for company that I still get the jitters for — a creamy, cheesy comforting casserole that works well for holiday meals (especially if there are going to be a lot of guests and the thought of making 30 or more pounds of mashed potatoes causes panic) but tastes just as nice for a simpler midweek meal. Yes, there are one or two canned ingredients but in this instance, they work for the best. For a buffet or a potluck, this dish is easily doubled or tripled, as needed. Or, two casseroles may be prepared. A garnish that you might consider is crumbled cooked bacon — adding cubed ham or turkey would put it the main dish category. I give you:
3 large potatoes, peeled, cut into chunks
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped onion
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup shredded cheddar or jack cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (canned is fine)
1/2 to 1 cup sour cream (more is good!)
Salt, pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a 9 x 9 casserole dish with non-stick spray. (If doubling recipe, use a 9 x 13 casserole or round, 2 quart baking dish)
Cook potatoes in boiling, lightly salted water until just tender. Drain. Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium skillet and sauté onions until softened but not browned. Mix potatoes and onions with the remaining ingredients, except paprika, reserving some Parmesan. Spoon potato mixture into prepared casserole. Distribute reserved Parmesan over top and lightly sprinkle with paprika. Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and dish is heated through. One 9 x 9 casserole serves 4 to 6.
Lori Bowles was raised in Southern California. She is currently serving on the board of directors as the advertising and publicity chair for the Lodi Bowmen Inc. She lives in Lodi with her husband Jeff and has three children and five grandchildren. She enjoys cooking, reading about cooking and reading about cooking while eating.