Party Potatoes Deluxe

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I am this excited to share today’s Week of Thanksgiving Favorites recipe with you:

Party Potatoes Deluxe!

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I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!!! (Hey, there’s a time and a place for multi exclamation points, and this is definitely it! ;) )

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Party Potatoes Deluxe is my Mom’s specialty potato dish that she serves every year for not only Thanksgiving, but also Christmas, Easter and every special occasion in between. I can’t remember a single holiday over the last 25+ years where it hasn’t been served.

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In case you hadn’t picked up on it, butter puts the deluxe in Party Potatoes Deluxe. And the party, for that matter. It gives the creamy dish a rich and decadent flavor, and the crushed cornflake crumbs on top an audible crunch.

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While mashed potatoes & gravy will always have their place at the Thanksgiving table, my family will always make room for Party Potatoes Deluxe!

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Party Potatoes Deluxe

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Serves 8

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter or margarine, divided
1lb country-style frozen hash browns, thawed
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup crushed corn flakes

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt 1/4 cup butter in an 8×8 casserole dish in the oven while it heats.
  2. Meanwhile, combine hash browns, green onion, sour cream, cheese and soup in a large bowl. Transfer mixture to the casserole dish after the butter has melted. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  3. Melt remaining 1/4 cup butter in the microwave, then mix with crushed cornflakes. Sprinkle on top of the potatoes evenly and bake for 15 more minutes.

This ultimate potato dish is definitely a bit high on the calorie scale, but for a special holiday, it’s worth the splurge. Hope you’ll give it a shot (I know Iowa Mom Eats would be very pleased! ;) )

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In other news, I have to share the workout you’ll want to squeak in before you make these bad boys. You butter better believe you’re going to need it – muwahaha! ;)

So, back story, I’m working on a big recipe page update project for the blog (pumped!) and every night I’ve been taking an hour or two to go back through my old posts and categorize/reformat all the recipes I’ve made over the past 2 1/2 years.

Blerg.

Although it’s tedious, it’s also kind of fun to weed through my past life and take note of what’s changed over the years.

For one, I use far less exclamation marks in my posts these days. (I can’t believe!!! I used to type!!! LIKE THIS!!!!! ;) )

Also, I was a hard core gym rat last year! Like, regularly spent an hour there on cardio alone. Who was I?

It’s not like I phone it in these days, but I’m at a weird point between saying goodbye to outdoor running, and embracing the gym for the winter season, and am certainly not putting in the kind of hours I was last year…which probably explains the extra “winter padding” I’ve accumulated over the past couple weeks.

Double blerg.

(Help, I can’t stop saying blerg!)

Anyways, yesterday I found this 30-10-20 Cardio Workout that I described as “fun” and proclaimed to “love” last winter, so I decided to give it a shot again today to see if I still felt the same:

30 Minute Treadmill Run (including 1 minute on either end for warm-up/cool down)

Time Speed
0-1 4.0
1-6 6.5
6-11 7.0
11-16 7.5
16-21 6.5
21-26 7.0
26-31 7.5
31-32 4.0
Total: 3.7 miles

10 Minute Treadmill Walk

Time Speed Incline
0-10 4.0-4.2 4-5%
Total: .7 miles

20 Minutes Stair Stepper

Time Steps Per Minute
0-3 60
3-5 80
5-6 100
6-9 60
9-11 80
11-12 100
12-15 60
15-17 80
17-18 100
18-20 60

The last 10 minutes of the stair stepper routine kind of dragged on, but yep – totally doable and I felt great afterwards. Kind of got me excited to get into more of a routine at the gym.

Have a great night!

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How was your life different now than it was 1 year ago?

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