Holy junk food Batman! This recipe (along with next weeks) led to the most cringe-inducing grocery shopping trip I have ever been a part of. In my cart: Cake mix, marshmallows, Jell-o, cream of mushroom soup, corn flakes, Cool Whip, and frozen hash browns. I was forced to go through the self-check out because I was too ashamed for anyone to see my stealth junk-food shopping experience. The checker would either be horrified or curious, and of course start asking questions about my diet and I just wasn’t up for it. I swiped my stash and slunk out of there before I ran into some neighbors.
It was the 50’s…or maybe the 60’s…convenience foods were all the rage. Nana was busy running Camp Fire Girls and SIGHT (a vision care organization for low-income children and adults), organizing fund raisers for local politicians, playing bridge and generally being awesome, so we can excuse her for an occasional short cut recipe. I have to admit, though, I was a little scared to try this.
But is was surprisingly quite good. Like, really good. And why not, it’s approximately 75% fat, 20% starch and 5% crunchy things. That equals 100% satisfying.
Nana wrote that you could also make this using tater tots, and you could top with either buttered breadcrumbs OR buttered cornflakes. I went with the plain hash browns and cornflakes. I think the tot version is worth a go, though.
I will admit to adding and changing a couple of things–I sauteed the onion first, and figured while I was there, I added a minced jalapeno and some red bell pepper. You can do it my way or Nana’s, whatever floats your boat.