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When I sat down to write this Meal Monday post, I completely intended on throwing my hat into the holiday recipe ring and contributing my family's long-held latke recipe. They're delicious if made correctly, which requires having some time to make sure all the ingredients are prepared right.
Then something happened, the same that happened when I sat down to make latkes the first night of Channukah. The holiday-season crazies caught up with me and I just didn't have the energy to do it.
Of course, in our house, the kids don't really like latkes very much anyway, so I'd just be making them for my husband and myself, so I had to wonder if it was worth the fuss. It wasn't, so I took those potatoes and made a very simple Cheese Potato Pie instead. It was deceptively delicious and I didn't feel a bit guilty about letting go of the latke tradition in favor of a different potato dish. Not to mention, the kids ate it too.
So, to combat your holiday stress, I give you this recipe and the absolution of one night of not having to worry about fixing a complicated meal.
- 4 medium potatoes (or 4 servings of instant mashed potatoes!)
- 2 TB butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup warmed milk
- 1 egg
- salt & pepper
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
Note: If you will be using instant mashed potatoes you can skip steps 1 and 2.
- Peel the potatoes, place them in a heavy-duty pot and add enough water to cover them. Boil until the potatoes are soft, but not flaky.
- Mash the cooked potatoes with 1/2 cup of hot milk and 2 TB of butter.
- Add one egg, stir until mixed and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Spray a 10 inch pie plate with cooking spray and sprinkle 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs on the sides and bottom of the plate. Basically, the plate should be coated with a thin layer of breadcrumbs.
- Spread 1/2 of the mashed potato mixture in the the pie plate, layer with half of the mozzarella cheese.
- Repeat and sprinkle 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese over the top.
Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until the top layer of cheese is browning and bubbly.