Cheesy Potatoes without "cream of" soup
My mother in law requested that we bring a cheesy potato casserole tomorrow. You know the one, it has cornflakes on top and lots of cheesy and potato-ey goodness inside? Well, my mom never made it, and I never learned how. I'd also hate to call my MIL, who probably thinks I starve my husband with my "hippy" food, and confess that I don't know how to make a staple of the midwestern diet! :-)
I googled and checked out all recipes. All of the recipes involve "cream of _____" soup and "processed cheese food". I'm trying to avoid both. Do any of you guys have recipes that involve neither.
I'm willing to make it with Velveeta or whatever if all the recipes contain it. I just see no reason to add extra condensed soup to my diet. Yuck.
*By hippy food, I mean I feed him lots of fresh food and I use actual spices and I made him try cous cous once. ;-)
Thanks a bunch!
Thanks for all the suggestions! I combined a few and came up with something I hope works. Here's what i did:
Keep in mind that this is for like 8 people, so it's a bunch
I used the "white sauce" base (I think it's a roux?)
1 Cup Milk
Melted butter, "fried" the flour in the butter. Added the milk a little at a time. I actually added a little extra milk to thin it a bit.
Then I added 8oz of Medium Cheddar; 4oz of Sharp Cheddar, and 4oz of Monteray Jack. Then I added some crushed pepper, parsley, and a pinch of red pepper flakes.
I diced and cooked about 3 pounds of potatoes, put them in a casserole dish, and added the cheese mix. It went into the fridge tonight.
Tomorrow I intend to cook it at 350 for ten minutes, mix it, then top with some shredded cheese and crushed Corn Flakes, and put it back in the oven for 5 or so more minutes.
I'll let you all know how it turned out!