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Review: Crack Potatoes

Posted 06-19-2013 at 11:48 AM by medic2midwife
Updated 06-24-2013 at 11:10 AM by medic2midwife

Alright, this little bitty isn't exactly frugal...but it was so, so good I wanted to share. Sometimes we're looking for something different to shake things up, a splurge item on that menu perhaps? This is your guy! I made this while visiting my sister-in-law and she and her husband almost devoured the entire pan between the two of them.

When I got home, I despaired at the high fat and calorie content.. trust me, this is not a dish for those on a diet! So I decided I would be the brilliant genius who would make this lower cal. I swapped the sour cream for fat free and swapped the cheese for the 2% and it was a huge disaster!! The dish didn't even cook up the same way and the flavor was way, way off. This is one of those recipes were you'll just have to take the hit for that day, trust me.. its worth it!


This recipe calls for 2 3oz bags of real bacon bits. I priced them at $3 per bag for a total of $6 for only 6 oz! If you have bacon on hand, I highly advise you make your own! 16 ounces of decent quality bacon is roughly the same price! You'd only need to cook a few slices.

I'm very brand loyal. I know there is little room for that in couponing but I have a very strong sense of smell and taste and like to stick to what I know works. I used Tilamook cheese which is a local Oregon dairy but I've heard of it being found as far as WI! It is my favorite cheese in the whole wide world, and while you can use your favorite cheese I recommend against using Kraft. I just loathe kraft cheese for all of its flavorless expense and total lack of cohesive melting qualities.

Now I'll step off my brand high horse and continue with this recipe.

2 16oz. containers of sour cream
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (buy the brick, shred yourself and save big!)
2 3oz. bags of real bacon bits (please people, for the love of any and all gods.. make your own bacon bits, save that money!)
2 packages of Ranch Dip Mix (not the dressing mix, pay close attention to the labels)
1 large bag of frozen hash browns (I used Mr. Dells but I'm sure any brand would work) Edited to mention, you can get frozen hashbrowns at the DOLLAR TREE!

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, then mix in the hash browns. Spread into a 9x13 pan and bake at 400 for 45-60 minutes.

Serve... that simple!! This dish is very hearty and filling, I served beside naked turkey burgers.. recipe to follow and got rave reviews from the family. I hope you'll enjoy this one! The ranch dip mix can be expensive and I have no experience recreating this with a diy version yet, but let me know how you make this dish more cost effective!
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    nowpoints's Avatar
    We love potatoes, some similar ingredients used in our recent bulk cooking batch of 60 lbs of twice baked potatoes.

    But I've never heard of using Ranch Dip Mix,,I'll have to search for this. Who knew about getting frozen Hash Browns from the Dollar Tree? Good tips. Will try this!
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