|Leftovers from 13x9" casserole|
On Christmas Eve, our family tends to not eat meat from a tradition that my late husband started with my children when we married many years ago. My first husband's family is Polish and they do not refrain from eating meat on Christmas Eve. In fact, I remember gathering at his grandparent's home on Christmas Eve where there was a fully baked ham on the table ready to slice for sandwhiches.
Last year we were treated to meat balls and my daughter was asked to bring Cheesy Potatoes. She normally bakes off a pound of bacon to go into these potatoes; but for some reason, she is the only one of my children who clings to the Italian tradition of no meat on Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve we ate Cheesy Potatoes without Bacon added to the recipe.
This year we are gathering at my daughter's home for Christmas Eve and I'm hoping that she has these potatoes on the table.
That brings up another subject. These potatoes can be made from scratch if you want to peel and grate 2 pounds of potatoes and you want to bake off the pound of bacon.
The recipe calls for canned cream of chicken soup, sour cream, grated cheddar cheese and melted margarine. When you use all of these and add them to the O'Brien style potatoes you will achieve what we refer to as a loaded potato casserole.
This recipe is a great way to welcome in the colder days of Fall to go along with a meatloaf or any other entree. In any case, I hope you try these and enjoy this home style cooking side dish that has become such a favorite in our family.