I Say “Merry Christmas”
Last night my husband and I went to our church Christmas party. I had signed up to take a potato dish that is a church favorite. I always like going to the Christmas party because there are a lot of people in attendance, grown ups and children alike. Last night was no different, the cultural hall was packed with people. Everyone was visiting with each other and there was plenty of food. After we ate dinner, everyone helped clean and put away the tables. All the chairs were lined up in front of the stage for the Christmas play. It was a typical play, telling the story of Christmas. The young children from primary sang several songs and then there was the church choir and assorted groupings of people who also sang. One of the young men did a rap version of “The Night Before Christmas” and then Santa showed up to talk to the children. I am glad we went because it reminded me of why we are having Christmas. For those that believe in Jesus Christ, Christmas is the reason for the season. For those that don’t then “Happy Holidays”. As for me, I say Merry Christmas…..
Here’s the recipe for the potato dish:
1 24 oz. bag frozen shredded (not diced) hash brown potatoes, thawed
2 cans – cream of chicken soup
2 cups – sour cream*
1 cup – grated cheddar cheese*
2 cups – plus 2 Tbl.. Melted butter*
1/3 cup – chopped onion
2 cups – crushed corn flakes
Combine 2 Tbl. Melted butter and conflakes. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Blend well. Pour potato mixture in a large oblong pan. (I just use a 9 x 13” pan.) Sprinkle crushed cornflake mixture on top and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve hot.
*Do not use low-fat versions of these ingredients. Low-fat sour cream and cheddar will not melt, and margarine has water in it.
This recipe has been called: Funeral Potatoes because it was used many times for the receptions after funerals.
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