Everyday Mom's Meals: Slow Cooker Side Dish

Monday, July 15, 2013

Slow Cooker Side Dish

Potatoes. Cheese. Bacon. Do I have you drooling yet? Let's face it, just the sound of those 3 words can get most of our taste buds working over time. Now imagine all three in a fabulous new side dish perfect for breakfast, brunch or supper. Now take that and add in the fact it cooked in the Crock Pot, and you should be super excited!

Hasbrown casserole is one of those things I think everyone has a recipe for. I have a fantastic one that I blogged a while ago that's cooked in the oven. (If you would like to see it, click here.) But it uses the frozen diced potatoes, and this time I wanted to use the more traditional shredded variety. Why? Because one of my favorite versions of this dish comes from Cracker Barrel and that's what they use.

I will be perfectly honest with you, this recipe didn't start out containing bacon. But there I was, looking in the fridge when I found a rogue bag of bacon bits I forget was in there and somehow, they found their way over to the counter and jumped into the Crock Pot. Ha! Come on....if you find bacon you have to use it. Especially when what's cooking contains some its best friends, potatoes and cheese! They are kind of like the Three Musketeers!

If you are looking for a new side dish for dinner that can be waiting on you after a hot day (I hear those moans about turning on the oven!) or are hosting a fun summer time brunch, you will be so happy you logged on today! Just be sure you have sneaky bacon in your house too...it will find its way into the pot, I guarantee!

Crock Pot Hashbrown Casserole
32 oz. frozen shredded potatoes, thawed
1 (10 3/4 oz.) can cream of celery soup
1 (10 3/4 oz.) can fiesta nacho cheese soup
8 oz. sour cream
6 TBS melted butter
1/4 c. dried onions
1/4 c. real bacon bits
Salt and pepper to taste
Shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese, if desired

Grease inside of Crock Pot. Place all ingredients inside and mix well. Cook on LOW 5-6 hours. Garnish with shredded cheese, if desired.

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