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One of my favorite side dishes of all time is what we call Cheesy Potato Casserole – it has another more popular name too, but it’s a bit morbid so we’ll stick with cheesy potato casserole. This cheesy potato casserole dish is often the first dish everyone thinks of providing for families when they attend potluck meals, church gatherings, parties, or when we take in meals to a family who just had a brand new baby!
“Congratulations on the adorable baby! Have a hearty and heartwarming Cheesy potato casserole!”
It is easy to make in big batches or small, and meets the comfort food needs for any occasion.
Besides it is such a great dish for a cold winter night! It just screams “comfort and warmth”.
But now we can’t be forgetting the kids! We always want to keep the kids in the mix when it comes to dishes we prepare in our house. I always take into consideration if it will be something they will enjoy or even try. So to make our cheesy potato casserole even more appealing to the kids, I thought to switch up the topping just a bit.
My kids are absolutely crazy in love with Goldfish crackers. We buy it in the big 30 oz cartons because Miss Jade goes through them so quickly. It’s a texture thing for her Sensory Processing Disorder and she craves the Goldfish crackers. I say go for it, since it helps her manage her sensory issues.
And at present Goldfish crackers are one of the few things Miss Jade will eat. But I want her to come back to eating regular family meals with the rest of us. So lets be sneaky and convince my little kiddos that regular dinner food is good again. By incorporating Goldfish crackers into a favorite dish, our Cheesy Potato Casserole.
Cheesy Potato Casserole Recipe
So to start my mission, I stopped at Walmart, where they always have the best roll back prices on the large Goldfish crackers Cartons. Right now for a limited time they have a big display flat in the middle of the isles where they are promoting a special discount price starting 1/22.
Then I set to work making our Cheesy Potato Casserole with Goldfish crackers.
The first step is to place 32 oz of frozen shredded potatoes in a baking dish.
Then combine the sour cream, soup, butter, cheese, onion, garlic pepper and salt in a bowl and mix until well blended
Toss it onto of the shredded potatoes and then gently fold it into the potatoes until they are well blended.
Then if you want you can add another scattering of shredded cheese on top of that. It isn’t required for the recipe, but frankly I just love it cheesy. So I always add more shredded cheese on top.
Now you will chop up about 2 cups of the Goldfish crackers. You can really use any flavor you want, but I thought this recipe called for the flavor blasted for the extra cheesy flavor.
Mix the chopped Goldfish crackers with the 2 Tablespoons of melted butter and then sprinkle on top of the potatoes in the baking dish.
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes if you are using a shallow baking dish. If you have a deep one like mine, you will need to cook about twice as long.
At the end I also added whole Goldfish crackers across the top. I wanted my kids to see the Goldfish crackers and recognize them to help encourage them to try out the dish. I mean if it’s got Goldfish crackers they are all for trying something new!
When you are done you are left with a soul warming mix of the most indulging comfort food! And you will love it to the very last bite.
Another fun twist would be to add Shredded Italian Baked Chicken into the potatoes and then mix in the creamy sauce and bake as normal.
More great ideas for including Goldfish crackers in your meal to keep the kids interested:
- Sprinkle in Tomato soup instead of other crackers
- Sprinkle in salads in place of Croutons
- Sprinkle in pasta salads
- Sprinkle in your favorite Cottage cheese Recipes
- Crumble up and use for breading on your favorite Chicken or fish recipe Just image a Golfish cracker crusted Chicken Tenders! Yum!
- Crumble up and dust the pizza pan before adding the pizza crust – the result is a crisper and more flavorful Pizza Crust!
Goldfish crackers are great for parties too! Check out these rockin’ party ideas and how they use Goldfish crackers!
Retro Party from Bubbly Nature Creations
Rainbow Paint Party from A Million Moments
Movie party night with color theme From Tonya Staab
Like I said this is a side dish recipe. And it pairs especially well with Turkey, Chicken and Ham. But for my kids…we went with hamburgers. Silly kids. But hey, anything to get them to eat what I cook right?
- 1 bag shredded hash browns
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 2 cups sour cream
- 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese (or your favorite cheese blend)
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 teaspoons Garlic Pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups crushed Goldfish crackers
- 2 Tablespoons melted butter
- Place hash browns into a baking dish
- Combine soup, sour cream, cheese, onion, garlic pepper and melted butter in a bowl.
- Gently fold into the hash browns
- Combine crushed Goldfish crackers with 2 tablespoons melted butter
- Sprinkle on top
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
- Remove and strategically place whole Goldfish crackers across the top for looks.
What do you do to help keep the kids in the mix in your house?
How do you love to enjoy Goldfish crackers? Which flavor is your favorite?
What would you pair with our Cheesy Potato Casserole recipe?
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