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Countryside Potatoes

When I first got a microwave oven (a very long time ago)...I took a microwave cooking class.  This was one of the dishes that we prepared in that class...and has remained a favorite throughout the years.  It's a great side-dish in the summertime, when we prefer not to heat up the oven.  But I make it any time of the year...a creamy, potato dish that goes perfectly with grilled meats and a salad.

  • 1 package (24 oz. / 680 grams) frozen hash browns
  • 1 cup half and half cream (10% MF)
  • 1 teaspoon teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon chives, chopped (or other fresh garden herbs of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • paprika
  1. Microwave hash browns in covered casserole for 9 minutes on high.
  2. Add cream, salt and chives.  Mix with a fork.  
  3. Cut butter into pieces and place on potatoes.
  4. Microwave uncovered for 6 minutes, or until boiling.
  5. Stir mixture and spread evenly in baking dish.
  6. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and paprika.
  7. Microwave with 1/2 power, uncovered for about 9 minutes, or until tender.
6-8 servings.

*Either cubed or shredded hashbrowns can be used, but we prefer them shredded for this dish.


  1. how great to have a no-oven dish for all those grandkids visiting!and one that will fill them up! thank you for the recipe.

  2. That does look yummy, but very rich for my poor tummy condition!

  3. And it is gluten free! Just make sure the shredded potatoes you buy have no wheat or make your own!

  4. This really looks good and easy!

  5. Did we attend the same microwave class Judy? I make these often myself. Unlike you though, I usually use the cubed hash browns. For Karin - I have substituted 2% milk instead. It's not as rich but still good. Or you can use some low fat sour cream with the milk.

  6. This could probably be done in a conventional oven as well

  7. I might be inclined to pop this into the BBQ while the beef is cook'n.

  8. Karin, substitute milk for the cream and cut back on the butter...if this recipe looks a little rich for your taste.

    And I like the suggestion of cooking this dish on the grill alongside the meat. Put the potatoes in a foil plate...and pop them in the BBQ.

  9. While I'd prefer not to have a microwave in the house, and wouldn't if my mom didn't live with us, those look yummy! Will make them in the oven. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. How would you make this using fresh potatoes?

  11. What a delicious, simple dish to serve my family! Thank you for sharing this! :)


  12. I'm also interested in measurements/adjustments to this recipe if fresh potatoes are used. Has anyone done this, and would you share, please? Thanks!


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