Last Saturday, as in a week ago, we decided to actually put to use our back patio that we had cleaned up a couple of weeks ago. Even though it was dreadfully hot and a little windy. No biggie, it was still fun to eat in a different atmosphere then our dinning room.
Nick grilled some delicious hamburgers and I threw together a potato casserole and warmed up some frozen veggies. All the food was so good, but we really liked the casserole I made. Which was good, because I just kind of winged it. Isn't it nice when you just make up a recipe on the spot and it works out! I don't usually share recipes on here, but since this is a product completely of my own I thought I'd share. (P.S. The messurments might not be exactly what I used. I just kind of guessed.)
Cheesy Twice Baked Potato Casserole
8 small red potatoes
1/4 c. margarine or butter
1/4-1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and cut into small pieces
1/2 c. green onion, chopped (About one bunch)
8oz. cheddar cheese, grated
salt & pepper, to taste
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and grease a 1.5 qt. baking dish.
2. Clean and scrub your potatoes. Cut larger potatoes in half so that they are all relatively the same size. and place in a pot. Fill the pot with water just until the potatoes are covered. Boil the potatoes for 15-20 minutes until they are tender. The time will matter on the size of you potatoes.
3. Drain your potatoes and place in a bowl. Use a potato masher and mash your potatoes with the 1/4 c. margarine or butter. Add the sour cream, bacon, green onion, (I used yellow onion, because it was all I had, but I wanted to use green onions. I just forgot to pick them up at the store.) 1/2 the cheese and your salt and pepper. If you'd like your potatoes creamer just add a little more sour cream. I think I ended up using closer to 1/2 c., because we like creamy potatoes.
4. Spread the potato mixture into your prepared pan. Sprinkle on the remaining cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Basically you just want it heated through.
If you end up making this recipe I'd love to know! Let me know how you like it and if you did anything differently.
Are there any recipes you just love making in the summer? Recipes you love to serve alongside something from the grill? Share them with me, I'm always looking for new recipes.
I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! Try to stay cool!