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Old 04-12-2020, 04:18 AM
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I am making half my usual recipe for cheesy potatoes (shredded potatoes, soup, sour cream, cheese) & do not know if I should keep the cooking time the same or cut it in half also. I can follow a recipe but cooking is not my strong suit. Help!

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Old 04-12-2020, 04:28 AM
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OVEN: Use a different dish that will end up having about the same depth of food. So, instead of putting a half recipe in a 9 X 13, put the reduced recipe in a 9 X 9. Check it at about 80% of cooking time.

PRESSURE COOKER: Read your manual (it's online if you lost the paper copy) about the minimum amounts of liquid. Also, it should be the same cooking time.

SLOW COOKER: Again, check about minimums and maximums (usually 1/2 to 3/4 full is recommended) for your cooker and choose a smaller slow cooker if you have one, or cook something in the oven or even toaster oven set at 275 or so.

STOVETOP: Same cooking time, but use smaller pot.

For cheesy potatoes, I would think about the same time... BUT, I think I would just make the entire recipe and enjoy leftovers!
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I made the whole recipe
Old 04-12-2020, 04:44 AM
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Leftovers -
And they freeze!

Otherwise I agree, use a smaller but same depth pan.
You'll need to cook a little less but not much. Just watch them. You know what they look like when they're done..check middle.
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Old 04-12-2020, 05:13 AM
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I found a recipe on Pinterest using an 8 by 8 pan. Perfect size for us. There will be leftovers!!
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Old 04-12-2020, 05:27 AM
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I guess I neglected to say I would be using my oven. This recipe usually makes 2 pans & I'm only making one so I don't really have a different pan to put it in. You are right that I know what it looks like when done. I just want to make sure it is cooked in the middle.

And yes, even with 1 pan we will have leftovers. Which I love!

Funny story ~ I sent DH to the store to get the ingredients. I wanted 32 oz of potatoes. He read the bag as having 4 oz & bought 8 bags of potatoes. Each bag actually has 1 LB, 4 OZ! So we have plenty of extra potatoes to make more in the future! If I had enough of the other ingredients needed, I would have just made the whole recipe.

Thanks for the advice. I hope everyone has a lovely day & Happy Easter, if you are celebrating!


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Old 04-12-2020, 07:05 AM
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Your cooking time should be the same regardless if its 1 pan or 2 as long as you are using the same size pan and filling it as much as you normally would.

Enjoy your dinner!
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