I’ve had this recipe for a loooong time—someone I used to work with gave it to me. It started out as a very bready breakfast casserole, but I made some small changes to it over time and I like it even more now. This recipe has more bread in it than the typical breakfast casserole, which is a plus because it nicely absorbs the egg mixture and doesn’t turn out runny or soggy. Another plus is that this recipe is so convenient to make because you can put the ingredients together the night before and just pop it in the oven in the morning! Continue reading
When the weather is cold, I crave comfort food. Something that warms me up and usually has cheese in it! Like this Cheesy Taco Spaghetti. It has a great Tex-Mex flavor and it’s so easy to make—it’s made in one pot so there’s minimal clean up. Easy to make, Continue reading
I really didn’t know what to expect when I was making this Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower. I had never tried roasting cauliflower before, so this was something new for me. I’m not a particularly big fan of cauliflower either, but I do love roasted veggies–so I thought it would be worth a try!
When I had my first taste of this, I thought, “Wow, this is good!” I really did. It surpassed my expectations. Who would have thought cauliflower could have tasted so good? The cauliflower is roasted, along with some sliced red onion, in a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice. Sour cream and shredded Cheddar cheese, added after the roasting, give this side dish a rich, creamy flavor. And the crumbled bacon on top is a nice touch, although this is great without the bacon, too, if you want to keep it meatless.
I’m sure this is something everyone in your family will love. It’s definitely worth making!
CHEESY ROASTED CAULIFLOWER by NancyCreative, adapted from Kraft Foods
Makes 4 to 6 servings
- 8 cups cauliflower florets
- 1 red onion, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- Juice from 1 large lemon (about 1/4 cup)
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup regular or lite sour cream
- 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 ounces) , regular or low-fat
- Optional: 1 slice of cooked and crumbled bacon or 1 Tablespoon real bacon bits
Preheat oven to 450˚F.
In large bowl, combine first 5 ingredients; spread onto foil-covered rimmed 10 x 15″ baking sheet. Bake at 450˚ for 40 minutes, stirring after 20 minutes for even baking (you may get a few burnt edges on your sliced onions and cauliflower, but that’s okay!).
After cauliflower is roasted, spoon back into large bowl and stir in the sour cream. Then mix in the shredded Cheddar cheese. Spoon mixture into an oven-safe baking dish and bake an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese is all melted. Top with crumbled bacon or bacon bits, if using, and serve.
This is a great dinner side dish. And something to keep in mind for special holiday meals. It’s not the healthiest way to prepare cauliflower, but it sure is good! Do you have a favorite cauliflower side dish?
I had some extra salsa after making Salsa Roll-Ups, so I decided to look for another recipe using salsa, and found these Easy Cheesy Salsa Potatoes from the Pillsbury website. I made a few simple changes, using green onion instead of regular onion, shredded Fiesta/Mexican blend cheese instead of cheddar, and a little more bread crumbs in my topping to make it more crumbly. If you don’t have bread crumbs, you could substitute crushed corn flakes or crushed French Fried Onions.
If you like potato casseroles, I’m sure you’ll like this. The potatoes are cheesy and creamy, with a little salsa spiciness that’s hard to resist! It’s comfort food, Fiesta-style! 🙂
EASY CHEESY SALSA POTATOES by NancyC, adapted from Pillsbury.com
Makes a 9 x 13″ pan
- 8 ounces (2 cups) shredded Fiesta/Mexican Blend (or use sharp cheddar cheese)
- 1 cup of your favorite salsa
- 2/3 cup finely chopped green onion (or use regular onion)
- 1/2 cup light or regular sour cream
- 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed Fiesta Nacho Cheese soup (or Cheddar Cheese soup)
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 (24 to 26-ounce) package (about 8 cups) frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
- 3/4 cup plain bread crumbs (or substitute crushed cornflakes or French Fried onions)
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease a 13×9″ (or 3-quart) baking dish or pan; set aside.
In large bowl, combine cheese, salsa, green onion, sour cream, condensed soup, and pepper; mix well. Add thawed hash browns and mix well. Spread evenly in greased baking dish or pan.
In small bowl, combine bread crumbs and butter; mix well and sprinkle over potatoes.
Bake at 350˚F for 45 to 55 minutes or until cheese is melted and potatoes are tender. Cut into squares and serve.
I love cheesy potato side dishes like this, especially in the winter months! What’s your favorite potato side dish?
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