Monday, July 28, 2008

PARISH PICNICS


Don't you love church picnics? Whenever there's a parish picnic or potluck dinner announced I get so excited. It's not only a time to see and fellowship with friends but it's a chance to taste some amazing food, drink gallons of sweet tea and learn about other recipes, some of which have been passed down from many generations. We had just such a picnic on Sunday after church. This time I brought an apple pie but one recipe I sometimes make is Loaded Baked Potato Casserole. Whenever I've taken this dish to a potluck, I don't have as much as a tablespoon left to bring home. I made this a couple of weeks ago for the four of us and we managed to do quite a number on it. Enjoy!

Loaded Baked Potato Casserole
serves 6

8 potatoes, cubed (half peeled or half with skin)
2 teaspoons salt
6 slices bacon, diced & crisp cooked
6 green onions
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
16 ounces sour cream
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup Miracle Whip

Directions
1.Cube and boil potatoes with salt.
2.Drain.
3.Crumble bacon and slice onions (including tops).
4.Combine sour cream, pepper and Miracle Whip.
5.Add to potatoes.
6.Add bacon, onions and cheese (reserve some of each for top).
7.Mix with potatoes.
8.Pour into baking dish.
9.Top with reserved cheese, onions, and bacon.
10.Bake 350 for 10-15 minutes (until cheese melts).

Note* I always add extra cheese and bacon on top...

13 comments:

willow said...

Mmm, this is making my mouth water! I make this, too, Rebecca! Somehow, over the years, it became a traditional dish I serve for Christmas Day brunch. It is wonderful.

Mmm said...

YUM! Off my diet but sounds fabulous!

Dee Dee said...

Rebecca...I've had this before and it is delicious. I'll have to make it soon...

Rebecca said...

Willow, it would make a great brunch dish! I'll have to remember that.

Rebecca said...

MMM, I hear you! So delicious but certainly not diet friendly...

Rebecca said...

Dee Dee I haven't met a dish with bacon and cheese that I don't like.

Kalianne@BygoneBeauty said...

Potluck lunches are great. They used to be a highlight of my weekend - choosing something to make, preparing and sharing it, then swapping recipes! What fun! Apple pie for a Sunday picnic sounds wonderful! Your potato bake recipe looks and sounds yummy too! I can tell you love to cook ;)...me too! Wouldn't it be fun to have 'blogging potluck' and recipe swap? I think you've given me an idea...

Marie Antionette said...

Rebecca,that looks so good.I'm going to make that for my next Busy Bee meeting.Thats a ladies group,I belong to ,here in Picayune ,Miss.We do all kinds of civic works.Anyway,I'm glad i stoped by to see how you are doing,and what kind of tea you are serving. hug Marie antionette

Betsy said...

This does look wonderful! I think my family would love it!

Question for you...the Hydrangea Queen... :)....I have 3 hydrangeas. Two are doing great but one has never had a bloom. It's probably about 8 years old and looks healthy otherwise. Any ideas?

steviewren said...

Mmmm, I like the idea of serving it at a bunch so I'm printing this one out. My stack of recipes has really grown since I started blogging.

willow said...

Rebecca, I'm tagging you!!! You're IT!!! But only if you'd like to play...no pressure...come on over for the details. :)

rochambeau said...

Sounds Super~delish Becky!
Thank you for sharing your recipe!
Hope you are keepin' cool today!

xox
Constance

LL said...

Hi Rebecca! Catching up on your blog and this recipe is one I will definitely print off, but looks more like something I would enjoy in the fall.... I like the name, yes, it is 'loaded' indeed.... these are many of the ingredients that you find in "potato skins" (not sure if you are familiar with that dish...it is made with baked potatoes and basically all the good stuff gets mashed and poured into the potato skins....