Friday, August 25, 2006
Five Ingredients Friday (Cheesy Hash Browns)

It's Friday again! This week just flew by for me, thank goodness!

Before I get started with my Five Ingredients Friday recipe exchange I have a couple of posts to point out. Please stop by and visit my Blog of the Week post and then go on and read the excellent comments that I've received thus far in response to my How do you cope when your child goes down the wrong path? post. My readers never cease to amaze me with their encouragement and support. Thanks to all of you!

Oh, and I have a quick question, do any of you have a simple and yet sophisticated salad recipe (the kind with lettuce) that you can share with me? We've been instructed to bring salad to a nice dinner party this Sunday and I have no idea what to make! It'd be nice to have a recipe that's tried and true. It doesn't have to be your Five Ingredient Friday recipe. If it's more than 5 ingredients, please just leave it in my comments or link it anyway! Thanks!

Okay, finally my Five Ingredients Friday recipe for this week is a quick and easy potato recipe made for grilling!

Cheesy Hash Browns
  1. 1 large potato (serves about 2 people)
  2. grated cheese (whatever kind you like)
  3. coarse garlic salt
  4. several dabs of butter
  5. pepper to taste

  1. Peel potato skins off the potato.
  2. Grate the potatoes into hash browns & place them on tin foil.
  3. Sprinkle hash browns with coarse garlic salt & pepper.
  4. Add shredded cheese and dabs of butter.
  5. Wrap the hash browns securely in the tin foil and cook on top rack of your grill for about 15-20 minutes.
I look forward to seeing your Five Ingredients Friday recipe! Don't forget to link your blog on this post so I can see what's cooking at your house! Oh, and be sure to put in parenthesis your recipe title! It makes it so much quicker for me to go back and search for recipes as I build my weekly menu.

P.S. Anything that you list as optional doesn't really count toward your 5 ingredient maximum, just so you know. :)

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5:45 AM

At 7:25 AM, Blogger Barb said...

Good Morning! Here's my contribution today. And yours sounds really wonderful. Sounds like something my hubby would really like.

I DO have a great green salad recipe for you but I also have a little baby climbing all over me right now so I'll come back when he goes down for his nap (hope, hope) and give it to you. I make it all the time and it's a big favorite around here. Hope it's OK to post it in your comments.

At 8:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does it have to be lettuce? Will spinach do? If so, I think little beats the traditional spinach salad with fresh mushrooms, bacon bits, red onion, and warm dressing. I buy the Marie's version in the produce section. Another salad I've had that's great was a variation using spinach, fresh strawberries, carmelized pecans with a poppy seed or raspberry vinaigrette.

If you prefer lettuce, I'd use Bibb or a mixed green variety. I don't have a specific recipe in mind, but With Bibb, I'd do a take off of the old fashioned iceberg wedge salad. Maybe some baby shrimp and thousand island dressing. In fact, wedge salads are gaining popularity again. With mixed greens, add some fresh tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, red onions, and top with a warm round of goat cheese. Serve with a balsamic or white wine vinaigrette.

Magi (

At 9:36 AM, Blogger on the Rock said...

Mmmmmmm. What can be better than potato and cheese!

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Barb said...

Here's the green salad recipe I promised you OW. It's not really a recipe but these are the things I combine:

A mixture of lettuces. I use romaine, red leaf, green leaf and baby spinach. I do NOT use iceberg.

I add sprouts, salted sunflower seeds, diced avocados and sometimes black olives, halved.

I make homemade croutons by cubing French bread and stir frying it in very hot butter. You need to drain those on brown and let them cool.

Just before I serve this salad I toss it lightly with ranch dressing.

The trick here is the combination of flavors that work well together and the lack of what you normally find in an everyday salad like tomatoes and cucmbers.

I learned how to make this salad from a girlfriend who grew up in Santa Barbara. Very California-type salad. But every single time I'm doing a big family dinner at my house, my family begs me to make "your special salad, Mom."

I promise you people will ask you for the recipe if you take this to your dinner party.

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Barb said...

Meant to say drain them on brown paper of course. I'm getting to rushed here. Paper towels work, too.

At 10:02 AM, Blogger Eagles Wings said...

Yummy that sounds good...I'll have to try it next time we grill....
Thanks for linking me up this morning.

At 10:28 AM, Blogger Miranda said...

SOunds quick and easy....yummy too.

At 10:42 AM, Blogger Jessica said...

Yummy, I think I'm going to have to cook some hash browns this weekend :)

At 11:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is an amazing salad recipe:
Romaine, butter, redleaf lettuce, baby spinach
sweet grape tomatoes
red onion, finely sliced
honey roasted almond slices
provel cheese (it's a very flavorful white stringy cheese - not to be confused with provelone. If you cannot find provel in your area, go with feta)
Good Seasonings Italian dressing (the kind you mix yourself in a little glass carafe - which is nice because you can mix it at home and then bring it with you to apply just before serving).

Have fun, and enjoy!

At 12:35 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

This sounds so yummy! We like potatoes around this house - am saving this recipe!

At 2:02 PM, Blogger Blessed Beyond Measure said...

This sounds easy and yummy. I hope to join all of you in a week or two. I have a blackberry cobbler recipe that is yummy!

At 2:18 PM, Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

I have had a variation of these. Garlic sounds awesome! I love garlic. Thank you!

At 2:42 PM, Blogger Tammy and Parker said...

Oh! I think I will try these out with dinner tonight! Yum!

At 3:19 PM, Blogger Pamela said...

OW, Gee, I had my recipe ready but couldn't find your FF recipe exchange post for the week so I missed out. I love these potatoes, we call them HoBo potatoes. Thanks, I'm going to make them this weekend. :)

At 3:41 PM, Anonymous Kim said...

Great Blog, by the way....

Here's a wonderful "upscale" salad that I've used many times. It works great since you dress it beforehand - that way, you can pass the salad bowl and not have to worry about the dressing.

1/2 C. Sliced almonds
3T sugar
1/2 head iceberg lettuce
1/2 head red romain lettuce
1 C chopped celery
2 whole green onion chopped (optional)
11 oz can mandarian oranges

Coat almonds with sugar and a few drops of water over medium heat, then cool.

1/2 t salt
dash pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
1 T chopped parsley (fresh)
2 T sugar
2 T vinegar (I use white wine vinegar)

Make the dressing a few hours before (or the day before) as it's better as it sits.

About 15-20 minutes before eating, pour dressing over lettuce, celery, onion & oranges. sprinkle almonds over the top. The sweet dressing makes the lettuce & celery just a wonderful mixture (then the crunchy almonds and oranges).

Good Luck!

At 5:18 PM, Blogger Magi said...

Be sure to let us know what you end up bringing. I think we're all invested in your salad now. LOL

At 7:07 PM, Anonymous 3catsmeow4me said...

I love anything with potatoes!

At 10:58 PM, Blogger MugwumpMom said...

Looks usual!
I caught up on your blog. Great usual!
I visit in the Midst of It periodically and agree, her story is inspiring, her strength is a great model.
Hope you have a good week. I'm going camping and won't be around for awhile. Take care and see you when I get back.

At 5:20 AM, Blogger Trisha said...

Potatoes and cheese! Yum! Nothing better!!

At 8:51 PM, Blogger Overwhelmed! said...

Okay, Ladies, I wanted to get back with you and let you know that I made Barb's salad for our dinner party tonight. The salad was a big hit, as she predicted it would be.

It was tough choosing which salad to make, because many of you shared other delicious ones! I finally had to tell Oronzo to pick!

I've printed out the other suggestions and will be making them in the future. Thanks so much for your contributions!

At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Stephanie said...

Oh yum, that sounds really really good.

I missed posting on Friday. Sorry.


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