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Cheesy Ham Hash Brown Casserole

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It always makes me so happy when I discover a recipe that not only tastes AMAZING, but is also so easy to pull together. This cheesy ham (I use Castle Wood Reserve® ham) hash brown casserole is one of those dishes! The hash browns are smothered in a creamy sauce with cheese and the flavor from the marinated Castle Wood Reserve® ham and the onions make this dish a huge hit!

All of the ingredients get tossed together at once and then it gets baked in a casserole dish topped with more cheese! It’s perfect for feeding a crowd and it will definitely be on my Easter lunch table!#BeyondTheSandwich, Castle Wood Reserve, Cheesy, ham, hashbrown casserole, side dish, easter, casserole, easy, ham and cheese, cheese, ham, potatoes, potato, creamy,

A couple more reasons why this recipe is great are that it uses sliced ham and I ALWAYS have left-over lunch meat ham that I’m trying to use up and I also discovered Castle Wood Reserve® ham! It’s deli style sliced ham but it’s better! And this ham definitely goes #BeyondTheSandwich! It’s uncured, marinated, and a lot less expensive than buying from behind the deli counter. I also found it at Walmart so I know you’ll be able to find it too! It’s next to the deli department (not by the packaged ham) if you’re on the search.

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Cheesy Ham Hash Brown Casserole
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs
Total Time
1 hrs 10 mins
 

Hashbrowns, ham, and cheese combined with a creamy sauce, topped with cheese, and baked to perfection! 

Servings: 10 people
Author: Coco and Ash
Ingredients
  • 30 ounce bag of frozen hash browns
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup finely diced onion
  • 16 ounces sliced deli-style ham (I use Castle Wood Reserve® lunch meat)
  • 1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese (divided)
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese (divided)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Dice your onion and chop the ham into small pieces. (I use Castle Wood Reserve®)

  3. Mix together the cheddar cheese and the parmesan cheese and then save 1 cup of that mixture for topping the casserole. 

  4. Get out your largest bowl and add in all of the ingredients (except for 1 cup of the cheese mixture) and mix together. It will seem dry but it's just because the frozen hashbrowns make the sauce thicken up. 

  5. Grease a 9x13 casserole dish and add the hashbrown mixture. 

  6. Top with remaining cheese.

  7. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. 

 

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Appetizers and Sides/ Recipes

Bacon and Brown Sugar Green Beans

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These bacon brown sugar green beans are pretty much the best green beans I’ve ever had. I made them a while back for the first time and I was in love.

I was actually under the impression that I hated green beans when I was a kid. Someone (who shall remain nameless) only ever served me green beans from a can. Sooooo when I had fresh green beans, I couldn’t get enough of them. THEN when I tried fresh green beans with bacon and brown sugar…game changer! This definitely isn’t your every day “figure-friendly” green bean recipe but it’s still a veggie and that counts for something right?!

These green beans are insanely good! They are smothered with savory bacon and sweet brown sugar and seasoned to perfection. They will definitely be a hit with your family as much as they are with mine!

 (See video below for step by step instructions!!)

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Bacon & Brown Sugar Green Beans
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Author: Coco and Ash
Ingredients
  • 1 lb fresh green beans (ends trimmed)
  • 6 slices of bacon (cut into small pieces)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp each: salt, pepper, garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of water to boil and boil your green beans for 5-8 minutes. (5 if you like them very crisp)

  2. Remove the green beans from the boiling water and set aside to drain on a paper towel. (You don't want them to be too wet or it will splatter like crazy when you add it to the bacon mixture)

  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook your bacon pieces until they are slightly underdone then drain off the bacon grease. 

  4. Bring the skillet with the bacon back to the heat and add your butter, brown sugar, and seasonings and stir until everything is melted together. (Just about 2 minutes)

  5. Add your green beans to the skillet and toss to coat with the bacon mixture. 

  6. Enjoy!! 

Recipe Notes

(Original recipe adapted from Six Sisters Stuff)

Bacon brown sugar green beans recipe side dish easter Christmas thanksgiving recipes

Bacon brown sugar green beans recipe side dish easter Christmas thanksgiving recipes

Appetizers and Sides/ Cuban Food/ Main Course/ Recipes

Cuban Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Cuban Style Chicken Noodle Soup

You know when you have a cold or it’s chilly out and chicken noodle soup just warms you from the inside out!? This Cuban style chicken noodle soup accomplishes all of that but it’s BETTER than any other chicken soup with more flavor and more substance!

My little ones Coco and Ash were both sick with bad colds this past week (it’s that time of year) so Cuban style chicken noodle soup is what was on the menu in our house. Growing up in a Cuban family, this soup is one of those dishes that brings me back to my childhood. The flavors of chicken, lemon, tomato and the heartiness that the potatoes add will have you making this soup over and over again!
Cuban Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Right off the bat I need to tell you that this recipe has Sazon in it. Don’t panic if you don’t know that that is or can’t find it. It has just a teensy bit of flavor but it gives your food that gorgeous golden color. The soup will still taste amazing without it so no need to worry or set out on a sazon hunt if your store doesn’t carry it  🙂 ok…now we can move on!Cuban Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Go ahead and chop your veggies before you get started. I have this little scraper thing and if you don’t have one, you NEED to get one! You can find it here. I don’t keep things around that I don’t need and I use this scraper all the time. You can smash garlic with it, and when you have to transfer a bunch of little things (like wet herbs) from your cutting board, this gets every last piece with no mess! Ok…moving on again. (I feel like I’m extra wordy on this post!) Maybe I’m just super excited about it!!Cuban Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Into your pot go the chicken thighs, sazon, salt, onion, potatoes, carrots, tomato sauce, chicken broth, and water. Stir this all together, cover and bring to a full boil.Cuban Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Once it has come to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 45 minutes. After the 45 minutes, remove the chicken (using tongs is easiest) and peel off the skin and throw that away. Pull the meat off the chicken and add that back into the pot. You can throw away the bones too. Cuban Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Once you add your chicken back in, you can then also add in the oregano, lemon juice, and spaghetti noodles. I like to break my noodles up quite a bit so it’s easier to eat. Cuban Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Bring back up to a full boil and then cook for another 10 minutes or until the noodles are soft.

I like to serve mine with cilantro and an extra lemon wedge but you can eat it as is and it’s still perfect!! Cuban Style Chicken Noodle Soup

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Cuban Style Chicken Noodle Soup
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hrs
 

Chicken noodle soup flavored with tomato and fresh lemon juice. Taste just like Abuela used to make!

Servings: 8 people
Author: www.cocoandash.com
Ingredients
  • 8 chicken thighs (with bone and skin on)
  • 2 cans of plain tomato sauce (8 ounce cans)
  • 2 packets sazon goya (This is a seasoning packet that mainly adds color and a tiny bit of flavor boost. If you can't find it, just skip it)
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 large carrots (chopped)
  • 1 large potato (cut into 1" squares)
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • Juice from 1/2 large lemon (about 2 tbsp)
  • 8 ounces dried spaghetti noodles (half a box)
  • Fresh chopped cilantro for ganish (totally optional!)
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, add your chicken, onion, potato, carrots, tomato sauce, salt, and sazon packets, chicken broth, and water.

  2. Stir everything together, cover your pot, and bring to a heavy boil.

  3. After you get to a full boil, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 45 minutes (covered).

  4. After the 45 minutes, use tongs and remove the chicken from the pot. Throw away the skin (I can't think of any good use for it...sorry!) and using 2 forks, pull all the meat off of the bones and add the meat back to the pot. 

  5. Squeeze in your lemon juice and add in the oregano. 

  6. Break the spaghetti into small pieces and add to the pot.

  7. Bring everything back to a boil (medium-high heat) and cook for another 10 minutes or until the spaghetti is tender. 

  8. Garnish with cilantro and serve with an extra lemon wedge for a little extra flavor...not that it needs any more!! 🙂

Cuban Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Cuban Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Appetizers and Sides/ Recipes

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip

This Greek yogurt ranch dip is one of those things that is a staple in our house. Everyone in my family loves ranch dressing but it’s not always the healthiest thing to be pouring over your food. This Greek yogurt ranch dip is the perfect substitute for that! It has that tangy greek yogurt kick but with that ranch flavor that we all love! And since it’s made with Greek yogurt, you can eat it without feeling like you ruined those veggies with extra fat! I hesitate to even call it a “recipe” because it’s only 2 ingredients but I think  you’ll definitely keep this one around!!

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Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip
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Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip
Ingredients
  • 1 plain greek yogurt (a 5.5 ounce container)
  • 1 tbsp ranch mix powder
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the greek yogurt and the ranch dip together. 

  2. Store in the fridge.

 

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip

Appetizers and Sides/ Recipes

Cream Cheese Garlic Butter

Cream Cheese Garlic Butter

Is there anything better than cream cheese?! I would normally say no but I found something better! This cream cheese garlic butter is perfection! It’s so creamy and full of flavor and it tastes amazing on so many things. It’s easy to pull together and I love to serve it instead of plain old butter when I have guests for dinner…plus then I have some left over for morning bagels or to spread on sandwiches. 🙂 Next time you serve some bread with dinner, whip this cream cheese garlic butter spread up and you’ll never go back to plain butter again!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1/2 stick of softened butter (1/4 cup)
  • 4 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • 1 large clove of garlic minced finely
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

Here’s the extent of the instructions:

Add everything to a bowl and mix together. DONE! I like to serve it at room temp so it’s nice and fluffy. Just store it in the fridge when you’re done 🙂 Cream Cheese Garlic Butter

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Cream Cheese Garlic Butter
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup stick of softened butter 1/4
  • 4 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • 1 clove large of garlic minced finely
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together and serve at room temp. That's it!!
  2. Store in the fridge.

Cream Cheese Garlic Butter