Hash Brown Casserole

This is one of those recipes that you can really add in whatever you want. Next time, Bill wants me to add some crumbled bacon. However, my original recipe for this calls for chopped green pepper, chopped green onions, and chopped pimiento. I didn’t have any of those ingredients, so I made it with what I had, and it was excellent!

Hash Brown Casserole
  • 1 package frozen hash browns (28 oz)
  • 8 oz cubed ham
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can of condensed cream of celery soup
  • ½ cup sour cream
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine hash browns, ham, 1½ cups of cheddar cheese, soup, and sour cream. Spoon this mixture into your dish, and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  3. Bake 60-75 minutes or until it bubbles around the edges.


Party With Hormel

Hormel is a brand that I always have in my house. They have so many things I use on a regular basis like their pepperoni, their bacon, their pork sausage, and even their chili. However, when it comes time to have a party, Hormel is a must have.

We recently were invited to have a party using Hormel products, so I want to pass along what you need for the ultimate football party. (I had a few more pictures, but I’m having problems with my camera phone. Sprint and I are having it out as we speak as I try to get the remaining pictures off. However, I’m hoping you can make due with these).

A must have at any football party is dip. Now there are several kinds of dip you can serve, but these are two of my favorites.

First, you have the Warm and Cheesy Bacon Dip. This is thick, yummy, and warm. Definitely a great choice if its cold outside! (Below are the before and after pics)

I like to show both pictures since the first time I made it I wasn’t sure if I did it correctly. However, this bacon dip is super easy:

2 cups sour cream
2 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup green onion (I don’t use this for mine because nobody here likes green onions)
1 4.3 oz package of Hormel Premium Real Crumbled Bacon
1 8oz package of cream cheese

Heat over to 400 degrees. In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients and then place in a 1 qt baking dish. Cover and heat for 30 minutes or until hot. You can serve this with vegetables, chips, or even crackers. I even tried cutting up some bread and it was great on that too!

Another dip I have to recommend is chili cheese dip.  This is the favorite in my house.

1 lb Velveeta cheese
1 can (15 oz) Hormel Chili

Cube cheese product (The smaller the cubes, the faster it will melt). Add cheese and chili into a dish and place in microwave for 4 minutes. Stir and cook in microwave until cheese is melted.

We tend to eat this with chips, but you can use veggies, bread, crackers, etc for it.

Now, dips will only get you so far.  You definitely need to have something that will fill everybody up.  We like to make homemade pizzas.

The great thing is that you can have everybody make their own personal pizza, and they can put on whatever they like.  My kids absolutely love the mini Hormel pepperoni.  They think that they are “kid sized” for them.  :)  However, I do think they eat just as many of them as what ends up on their pizza.  I’m a fan of the Hormel Original Pepperoni myself.  The above ingredients (crust, pizza sauce, Hormel pepperoni products, cheese, Italian sausage, etc) are what the kids and I use.  Bill, on the other hand, has a whole lot more he puts on.  Like I said, that’s the beauty of it.  Everybody gets what they want, and everybody will leave your house full!  Everybody can create whatever size pizza they want, use whatever kind of crust they want (I had both regular and thin crust available), and these pizzas are done in less than 20 minutes!

Hormel has a great line of products that work great for parties.  Here are just a few of them:

Hormel® Natural Choice® Meats
Hormel® pepperoni
Hormel® Always Tender® Pork
Hormel® Fresh Pantry Meats
Hormel® Black Label® Bacon
Hormel® Little Sizzlers® Pork Sausage
Hormel® Cure 81® Ham
Hormel® chili
Hormel® Bacon bits
Hormel® Mary Kitchen® Hash

You really can’t go wrong with these products whether you are using them for a party or for your at home use.  What Hormel products do you use at your house?