Friday, February 17, 2012

Three Cheesy Side Dishes

My kids aren’t too picky when it comes to food, but if there is one way to guarantee that they’ll eat a dish it’s to put cheese on top! This pregnant mama and her cravings don’t mind it either.

Here are a few cheesy dishes that will add a touch of comfort food to any plate!

Carroty Mac and Cheese

If your family likes macaroni and cheese then give this sneaky recipe a try!

(photo by: Color photography by Andrew Scrivani)


2 cups whole wheat macaroni
2 1/2 cups coarsely grated carrot (about 8 small)
3 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup whole milk

2 large eggs
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 400° F and grease an 8-inch square baking pan. Arrange a rack in the top third of the oven.

Cook macaroni according to package instructions in a large pot of salted boiling water; add carrot 3 minutes before pasta is finished cooking; drain well.

While pasta is hot, stir in all but 1/2 cup of the cheddar and the butter. In a bowl, whisk together the sour cream, milk, eggs, salt, mustard powder, and pepper. Fold mixture into the pasta.

Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar and the Parmesan over the top. Bake until the casserole is firm to the touch and golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Cheesy Slow Cooker Potatoes

This is delicious with ham and makes a great potluck dish!


10 oz. can condensed cream of mushroom soup

8 oz. container sour cream

1-1/2 cups shredded Colby jack cheese

32 oz. pkg. frozen hash brown potatoes


Spray 4-6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Combine soup, sour cream and cheese in medium bowl and mix well. Pour half of potatoes into prepared slow cooker. Top with half of sour cream mixture. Top with rest of potatoes, then remaining sour cream mixture, spreading evenly. Cover and cook on high for 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours, check at 3 hours to see if the potatoes are tender.

Broccoli Au Gratin

I love to make this and put it over a baked potato for a meal in itself, also an indulgent way to enjoy broccoli as a side dish!


3 c water
2 c baby carrots, cut in half
4 c broccoli florets (very small pieces)
10 whole wheat Ritz crackers, crushed
3 T grated parmesan cheese
1 T butter, melted
4 oz. light Velveeta, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 oz. light cream cheese


Preheat broiler. Boil water and add carrots. Simmer for 8 minutes then add broccoli and simmer another 3 minutes. Drain and place in a bowl.

Microwave Velveeta and cream cheese on high 1 minute then stir and cook another 30 seconds or until completely melted. Pour on top of veggies. Mix crackers, parmesan, and butter and sprinkle on top of the veggies and cheese and place under broiler for 2-3 minutes to brown the crumbs.

Written by Happily Domestic Contributor - Jodi Faye

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1 comment:

mail4rosey said...

Yum, they all sound really good.

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