Heavenly Hashbrown Casserole

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)...

anyway...

one day this summer Daddy P got to talking about his favorite thing in the whole wide world...

FOOD...


he was having a craving for that Mac & Cheese dish...tisk...


No, sirree...

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

and

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!!


Happy Sunday!