Comfort food that’s sure to be a hit

By Bethany Reinhart

Although the weather is beginning to warm up, our desire for comfort food never quite cools down.

One easy-to-make comfort food that will satisfy taste buds year-round is cheesy potato bake.

This simple recipe takes less than 15 minutes to prepare, cooks for about an hour and is ready to serve fresh from the oven.

It pairs well with anything from honey-glazed ham to hamburgers.

This side dish is sure to be a hit with your friends and family at any potluck or casual dinner gathering.

To make cheesy potato bake for four to six people, begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees.

Completely melt one stick of margarine in a small, microwave-safe dish.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine one can of cream of chicken soup and one pint of sour cream. Mix until they’ve reached a completely blended, smooth consistency.

In a separate, large mixing bowl, combine 2 pounds of hash browns, 8 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese and 1 cup of finely chopped onion. Mix ingredients together until thoroughly combined.

Pour the melted margarine over the cheesy hash brown mixture.

Lastly, combine the cream of chicken and sour cream mixture with the cheesy hash brown mixture.

Stir thoroughly, until the cream of chicken and sour cream are evenly combined with cheesy hash brown mixture.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Place the prepared casserole ingredients in a glass 9 x 13 baking pan and bake for one hour at 375 degrees.

After the cheesy potato bake is finished cooking, remove it from the oven and either serve upon cooling or transfer to a crock pot, place on low heat and enjoy throughout the day.

If you are trying to conserve time, you can also prepare this dish in advance. Simply follow the mixing instructions and freeze before baking.

When you are ready to serve the dish, remove it from the freezer, allow it to thaw for several hours and bake according to the instructions.