Thursday, November 3, 2016

Holiday Favorites

We all have recipes that have become holiday favorites.  So many things that we love at the holiday time, I just don't fix any other time of the year.  Crazy, isn't it?  I guess that is what makes those items so special.

We do have some family favorites that do get made a few other times during the year.  These are always requested when there is a family get-together as well.

Here are a couple of goodies:

(This is one of our favorite ways to eat potatoes!)

1 - (32 oz.) pkg. frozen hash browns potatoes, thawed
1 (10 3/4 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
1 C sour cream
1 C shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 C butter - melted
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 medium onion, diced

2 C corn flakes
1/4 C margarine or butter, melted

Grease a 13x 9 baking pan.  preheat oven 350*.  In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the topping.  Spoon into baking dish.  In a small bowl, combine topping ingredients.  Sprinkle over potatoes.  Bake for 45 minutes.  Makes 12 servings.
These are so good.  People will always ask for the recipe!!!!!!

(this is how I learned.  Everyone has their own way)

6 C all purpose flour
12 large eggs - room temperature
2 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. baking powder

Mix all the dry ingredients well.  Beat the eggs together .
Make a small 'well' in the flour mixture and pour in the eggs.  Mix until all is well blended.  Needs to be about pie dough consistency.
Make several balls of dough (about 4" across) and wrap in saran wrap.  Let these balls rest for approx. 20 minutes.

Flour your board or counter well.  Roll out to approx. 1/8" thick. (thicker if you like thicker noodles).  I move these circles to another lightly floured surface, while rolling out all the remainder balls.  (Fold over and gently move to another table. Lay circle out flat again after moving)

Dry dough for approx. 1/2 hour - 1 hour.  You can tell if it feels like it has dried some.
Cut your noodles into strips.  Let them dry again for 1/2 - 1 hour.

Your noodles are read to cook or place in freezer.
I like to use gallon bags, that way the noodles are in the bag loosely and will not be crushed.  This makes a lot of noodles.  We get several meals from each recipe. (When cooking for 2)

Lay your bags as flatly as possible in an area of the freezer where they will not be mashed.
Your noodles are ready to cook at a moments notice!
To cook - place noodles into boiling broth and cook to desired consistency.

I used to get together with a couple friends and we would all bring flour and eggs - and we would have a noodle making party.  At the end we divided up everything into thirds.  It was a fun way to spend the day - we'd have lunch and talk and catch up on gossip!

I hope you enjoy the recipes.
I will be sharing some more of our family favorites as the month goes on.



  1. I think that is the recipe my daughter uses to make potatoes a lot for gatherings. I make noodles sometimes but a much smaller batch! Nancy

    1. Nancy,
      I have heard a lot of people make the potatoes. They are good.
      I like making a big batch, so I don't have to do it often.
      Have a good day.

  2. I love that potato casserole dish and it is one of our favorites too. :) I rarely make it though because Jeff and I have to watch what we eat, especially now. Thank you for the recipe and the directions on how you make your noodles. I have been wanting to try making our own. I think I am going to cut your's in half and try them. :)

    1. Debbie, we love them too. I generally only make about 3 times a year - if that.

      Noodles aren't hard - just time consuming.
      Have a great one!

  3. The Harvest Potato recipe takes too many ingredients that are already prepared. It's probably good, but expensive, and not too healthy. The homemade noodles recipe is more to my liking. IMHO.

    1. Carole,
      Hi there. I usually have most of the ingredients on hand for the potatoes - except the actual hash browns. They are usually on sale at the holidays. NO, it's probably not too healthy - but it sure is tasty!!!!
      Of course cookies and candy aren't healthy either and we eat those at the holidays. We splurge every so often.

      Hope you can use the noodle recipe.
      You could also modify the potato recipe using fresh potatoes, and maybe Bread or cracker crumbs on top. I modify recipes a lot to use what I have.
      Have a super day.

  4. the tips you gave on making the noodles are ones that I really needed, thanks Cheryl! my noodles will be better now!

    1. You are so welcome. I hope it helps.
      have a great day!

  5. Thanks for posting the noodle recipe. I have never made noodles before but this will be something that I am going to try!

    1. You are very welcome Laurie. I hope you enjoy!

      I didn't make for years either - then my friend taught me.
      Mom always made noodles, I just didn't bother to learn back then.
      Have a great day.