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Short Order: Once-In-A-Lifetime Potatoes

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: Once-In-A-Lifetime PotatoesPhoto by Miriam Bowers Abbott
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We’re now knee-deep in the heart of Fish Fry season. Its annual appearance always comes immediately before another important culinary event: Hash Brown Casserole Day. While it lasts only a brief period, Hash Brown Casserole Day is widely celebrated. In the Midwest, the dish is practically a requirement for the Easter dinner table. 

You may think your family has the best hash brown casserole recipe. Given a quick internet search, lots of folks seem to believe that’s the case…but that’s only if you haven’t tried Weiland’s Once-In-A-Lifetime Potatoes.

Once-In-A-Lifetime isn’t a superlative. It’s an actual statement of fact about its house potato casserole. When you find the potatoes in the deli case, the version being sold won’t be replicated, ever. And it’s not even a matter of “won’t,” it’s a matter of “can’t.” The concoction can’t be replicated because the house kitchen uses scraps from Weiland’s fancy cheeses over in the cheese case. It’s never the same cheeses twice. 

Honestly, if you had to buy the cheese used in this casserole, you’d go broke making it. 

Of course, fancy cheeses could have a limited appeal. They can be weirdly strong; they can be pungent. Trust that they come together in an uncommonly cheesy, uncommonly good way. Through the glass case of the deli, the baked top of the casserole glistens with its caramelized, crisped lid of baked-on cheese. The lid gives way to wave upon wave of shredded potatoes, all bathed in richness. The casserole is cut into giant squares in the deli case and sold by the pound. One square should probably feed more than one person…but that’s if you like to share. 

If potatoes aren’t your thing, the same Once-In-A-Lifetime approach has been applied to the house macaroni and cheese as well. It’s just as special, and has the same appeal. Check ahead for availability.

You’ll find Weiland’s and its cheesy goodness at 3600 Indianola Ave. in Clintonville.

For more information, visit weilandsmarket.com.

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