A couple of years ago I started making this divine macaroni & cheese dish for our Thanksgiving dinner. It is the famous Ronda Rich and Aunt Ozelle's Glorious Macaroni and Cheese recipe...
it is flat out DIVINE, absolute heaven on a fork!
it's a pretty heavy dish...so, I only make it at Thanksgiving...my family has ALL year long to have their mouth watering for it's heavenly goodness! ;)
I read about it in one of my favorite newspaper columns, The Dixie Divas by Ronda Rich.
Ms. Ronda has written several books that I have enjoyed, but most of all I LOVE my weekly taste of southern sass every Saturday in the newspaper (which did not find its way into my mailbox this weekend, I was NOT happy)...
one day this summer Daddy P got to talking about his favorite thing in the whole wide world...
he was having a craving for that Mac & Cheese dish...tisk...
I am not making that, I told him...it's for Thanksgiving ONLY!
He pouted & sulked over it...so, I figured out a way to get that heavenly taste WITHOUT the heavy noodle part....
Ah, yes...Simply Potatoes...
and the heavenly hashbrown dish was born! ;)
I believe I have only made this dish ten times this summer...every time we have a get together it's been requested...I will be honest, I'm a terrible cook...so, you better bet I'm excited that someone actually LIKED something I fixed!! Ha!
You will need:
1 bag shredded potatoes (two if you are feeding a big crowd)
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 container of diced pimentos (and 3 tablespoons diced onion, optional)
1/2 cup of DUKE'S Mayonnaise (NO SUBSTITUTIONS)
1 tablespoon of butter
1 small bag of shredded cheese (my peeps like colby jack, but cheddar is also yummy)
in a sauce pan, melt your butter & saute the pimentos and onions (my daddy doesn't like onions, so I leave them out if he's coming out to eat). Cook these for about 3-4 minutes.
In a large bowl combine hashbrowns, mayo, soup, & half the bag of cheese. Add your sauteed pimentos/onions & mix well,
Spray a 9x13 dish and spread this mixture in the bottom. Top with the rest of your cheese. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes at 350 degrees (or until the cheese is nice & bubbly on top).
Did I mention NO SUBSTITUTIONS about the mayo?
DUKE'S, people...the one, the only! ;)
Well...Daddy P has me making a dish of it for our "fancy Sunday night in the dining room on the fine china family dinner" right now...I've got to hop up & go check on it.
Just wanted to share it with you, it's SO very good!!