Grateful Rosemary Potatoes Romanoff

Rosemary Potatoes Romanoff ©Rhonda Adkins Photography 2013 /I see on Facebook many of my friends are listing something they are grateful for, some of it is important and some is silly like “I’m grateful for cornflakes” but the sentiment is what’s important. Maybe saying you’re grateful for cornflakes sounds silly, but shouldn’t we always be grateful to have food to feed us? Shouldn’t we be grateful that we didn’t have to go out and milk the cow first? Shouldn’t we always be grateful that we have so much in life? Obviously it’s not as easy as it sounds; let’s face it, we all take things for granted never thinking twice about how that very thing could be snatched away in a moment.

Recently there was a major event in my life, something so scary that it makes you take a step back and realize there is so much you have to be grateful for. Last Thursday my baby boy was in a car accident. He fell asleep at the wheel on his way to an appointment in Bozeman, MT (about 3 hours away). He had just passed through the town of Townsend when he nodded off, he drifted off the road, woke up over corrected and crossed the traffic lane to the other side where the Jeep bounded through the rough ground and the front end smacked into a culvert which catapulted the vehicle up in the air and flipped four times before landing rubber side down. All this was reported by the witness that was right behind him, a stunning scene, more like a Hollywood movie trick than real life.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Nov 14, 2013      Jeep Grand Cherokee Nov 14, 2013

It wasn’t even 9 a.m. and the world, our world changed. We are truly grateful because our baby, he survived without a scratch. My last words before he left was “be careful”, he wore his seatbelt. The seatbelt saved his life. And we are grateful. If he didn’t wear his seatbelt, if he wasn’t in the ‘flatter’ part between here and there, if there was oncoming traffic, if he didn’t land rubber side down, if he was conscious, if he was speeding, if, if…. And yet he made it through with only a concussion and very sore. My Jeep is totaled, but I had full coverage insurance and I’m grateful for that, but nothing matches how grateful that we still have our Baby boy in one piece!

The baby boy has been drugged up pretty well the last couple days, he hasn’t had much of an appetite until today, and I’m grateful for that also. So I’m making one of his favorite, pork chops and my Secret Recipe Club assignment Christine’s Kitchen Chronicles Strip House Potatoes Romanoff. I am grateful that I woke up at 3:00 am and suddenly remembered that the day I planned to make these was the day of the accident. I thankfully had time to make them today and they would make a perfect accompaniment to pork chops.

Rosemary Potatoes Romanoff ©Rhonda Adkins Photography 2013 Originally I chose this recipe searching for a new potato side for Thanksgiving. With potatoes, sour cream and cheese, you just can’t go wrong (although I was heavily tempted by her caramelized onion mashed potatoes). The original recipe calls for baking the potatoes the night before and letting them cool then shredding them. I simplified this dish by substituting grated frozen hash browns. Using the frozen hash browns meant no more than a 15 minute prep time and a quick bake of 30 minutes in the oven. Christine said she and her husband nearly scarfed the whole thing down by themselves in one sitting and I can tell why!

I added a little fresh rosemary, mainly because I have a trooper of a rosemary plant (it’s called barbeque rosemary) although a zone 8-11 plant it seems to be fine in its pot nestled near the house. As it gets colder it’ll find a home inside. I also thought the rosemary would be a nice match with pork and add some freshness to the rich potato dish. Right on each account.

Christine comes from a family of Chinese immigrant restaurant entrepreneurs, but she didn’t have any interest in cooking. Christine is an engineer, but she would have been a starving engineer if she didn’t learn how to cook…thus the chronicles of Christine’s Kitchen. Christine has a new baby for which I know she is grateful for, more than many people; please go to Christine’s About Me page to find out why she is so grateful to have Alexander. Rosemary Potatoes Romanoff ©Rhonda Adkins Photography 2013

This Thanksgiving when I serve this Grateful Rosemary Potatoes Romanoff dish, we will have more than these potatoes to be grateful for.


Grateful Rosemary Potatoes Romanoff
Yields 8
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 1 bag (1 lb. 14 oz) frozen shredded hashbrowns
  2. 1/2 cup minced shallots
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  5. 2 1/2 cups shredded cheese
  6. 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  7. Fresh ground black pepper
  8. 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place frozen hash browns in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 5 minutes or until potatoes are mostly defrosted. Add shallots, garlic, rosemary, 1 1/2 cups of cheese, salt and pepper. Gently mix. Fold in sour cream until evenly combined.
  3. Lightly grease a 2 quart gratin dish, add potato mixture. Spread evenly across the dish but do not compress. Top with remaining grated cheese.
  4. Bake on the middle rack for 30 minutes or until the cheese is hot and bubbly and edges begin to brown.
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34 Responses to Grateful Rosemary Potatoes Romanoff

  1. Chris November 18, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    Oh my goodness! I am glad you boy is okay. How scary! I can’t imagine. He is sure to enjoy this dish.

    Best wishes to you and your family!

    • Giggles November 18, 2013 at 9:05 am #

      Thank you Chris, he did enjoy the dish, it makes a great breakfast side also!

  2. Karen November 18, 2013 at 2:13 am #

    Oh NO! How frightening for you all and how wonderful that he survived without a scratch too……SO pleased!
    Onto the DELISH recipe you have made for SRC – it looks amazing!
    Happy Reveal Day – Karen from group C

    • Giggles November 18, 2013 at 9:07 am #

      Karen, frightening indeed, even though he’s okay I can’t stop thinking what if…enter paranoid mom now. I don’t think I can relax when he leaves the house. The dish was DELISH, even after dinner we found ourselves picking at until I finally put it away.

  3. kita November 18, 2013 at 6:43 am #

    That is horrifyling. I am so glad that everyone was ok. That is all that matters. I would say this dish looks awesome, and it does, but it seems a loss compared to your recent events. 🙁

    • Giggles November 18, 2013 at 9:08 am #

      Kita, thanks, it’s amazing that he was okay. After something scary you become hypersensitive…a least the dish was comforting.

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  5. A Couple in the Kitchen November 18, 2013 at 7:09 am #

    Sorry to hear about the accident, but glad everyone is ok. And that dish is so full of cheesy yumminess, it seems like a good, comforting choice.

    • Giggles November 18, 2013 at 9:09 am #

      Nothing is more important than everyone being okay. With all that cheese the potatoes were more than okay, they were amazing.

  6. nusrat2010 November 18, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    Thank God your son is ok. How is he holding up now? So sorry to hear about the horrific incident.

    Cheese and potato sonata looks and sounds terrific! A must try 🙂

    I learn a lot from your neat and clean food styling and photography. I browse your other website pretty often…to get ideas 🙂

    Love and hugs and wishing your son the best of life.

    • Giggles November 18, 2013 at 9:11 am #

      Nursat, you always have the kindest words. He is 19 so he is rebounding pretty quickly, last night he went bowling with his friends after dinner, amazing. Your photography needs no inspiration, it’s stunning!

    • Giggles November 19, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

      Nusrat, you have the kindest words. I think your photography is beautiful and inspiring!

  7. Our Eating Habits November 18, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    Yummy! Looks like a fabulous addition for the Thanksgiving table!

    • Giggles November 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

      I think we’ll be having this and mashed potatoes, the family is just not going to let me get off the hook on those mashed potatoes.

  8. chelsy November 18, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Rhonda, I love the new site it looks amazing! Oh, and of course, your pick look absolutely delicious and gorgeous pics!

    • Giggles November 18, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

      Thanks Chelsy, it’s a refreshing change. I know how cheese is to you, you’d love this dish.

  9. Karen - Cinnamon Freud November 18, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    So glad your son is okay! This casserole sounds delicious

    • Giggles November 19, 2013 at 9:05 am #

      Thank Karen, we are too. It’s such a simple and wonderful casserole, love it.

  10. Debra November 18, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    What a story! I am so happy your son is OK. Truly. How scary. It sounds like I need to send you a margarita, girl.

    • Giggles November 19, 2013 at 9:31 am #

      Send me a margarita, hell ya! Especially one made by you!

  11. Amy CookingAdventures November 18, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    These look so good! I could go for a big ol serving of these!

    • Giggles November 19, 2013 at 9:31 am #

      Amy, the leftovers were great with eggs in the morning also!

  12. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} November 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    Looks and sounds incredibly tasty! Glad to be part of SRC group C with you! (just got home from work and now I am even MORE hungry)

    • Giggles November 19, 2013 at 9:32 am #

      I love that you are in Group C, one of these days they’ll assign me to you, can’t wait.

  13. sara November 19, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    So scary, glad everything turned out ok! These potatoes look AMAZING – I’m in love! Visiting from Group A! 🙂

    • Giggles November 19, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

      Sara, thanks for visiting from group A, it’s so fun to visit other groups! I hope you get a chance to make these.

  14. Melissa November 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    Oh my goodness! Thank god he is ok and nobody was seriously hurt. That’s terrifying and certainly reinforces the many things we all have to be grateful for!

    And the potatoes look deelish!

    • Giggles November 19, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

      Melissa, we are eternally grateful for him being okay. It was certainly terrifying! The potatoes are really deelish and make great breakfast leftovers. And thank you so much for turning my site into my dream, you are truly talented!

  15. Christine @ Christine's Kitchen Chronicles November 19, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    Hi Rhonda! That is so very scary about your son and I am glad to hear that he is okay. I guess no matter what age they are always your baby! Glad this comforting side was well received and thank you for the shout out to my little baby Alex. He’s my absolute pride and joy :).

    • Giggles November 19, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

      Christine, I was so touched by your story. My stepdaughter had a miscarriage and I understand the devastation. She is happily carrying our next grandson, after the miscarriage it makes this child all the more joyful!

      • Christine @ Christine's Kitchen Chronicles November 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

        Yes it is a pain that no one should have to know. For better or for worse, there’s comfort in numbers though. They call it a “rainbow baby” for a reason. Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your new grandson!

  16. Karen November 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    Hope Ryan’s back to normal now. I’m sure he enjoyed these potatoes with his chops!

  17. Margaret November 22, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    It is scary how much life can change in seconds. Seconds!!! Glad he is okay. Blessed!!

    Potatoes look great. Gonna add these to my list.


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