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Old 01-03-2011, 04:45 PM   #1
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Unhappy My potatoes didn't cook through :( (pics)

I tried to replicate a Stouffer's tv dinner that I really like. It's a cheesy potato bake with barbeque chicken tenderloins.

I used and 8x8 disposable pan coated with nonstick spray. I put in a layer of coarsely dices potatoes, some shavings of margerine and salt and pepper, then poured in some fresh milk and topped with Velveeta singles. I repeated this step and then put some chopped raw bacon and bread crumbs on top. I set my roaster oven at 350. The milk soon boiled over and the bread crumbs were soggy, so now I know not to put so much milk in next time. But the potatoes were mostly still rock hard. Don't get me wrong, I ate it because cheese and potatoes are still tasty, but I was rather disappointed. It was in for about an hour. I took it out because the top was done and about to burn. My cousin suggested I boil the potatoes first. What else can I do to make it right next time?


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Old 01-03-2011, 04:48 PM   #2
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Of course, you can't do it in an aluminum foil pan, but when I do casseroles, most of the time I start them in the microwave for about 6 or 7 minutes (while the oven is preheating). It gives them a really nice head start and it helps the veggies to begin cooking before browning.
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:50 PM   #3
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What is a "roaster oven", like a toaster oven?
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:53 PM   #4
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Of course, you can't do it in an aluminum foil pan, but when I do casseroles, most of the time I start them in the microwave for about 6 or 7 minutes (while the oven is preheating). It gives them a really nice head start and it helps the veggies to begin cooking before browning.
Ok, you think I should get a glass one or a hard metal one?
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Typically when you make a casserole like this, all the ingredients are already cooked and you just put it in the oven to heat it through and crisp/brown the top.

I see no problem with using a disposable aluminum pan, just don't fill it so full.
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What is a "roaster oven", like a toaster oven?
Not at all. It's basically a huge crock pot but it has vents in the top, except you can set it to dif temps from 150-400. So technically you can slow cook in it. It has a removable rack also to raise pans/roasts off the bottom surface if need be. But it's liner is reoveable just like any slow cooker.
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Having had this problem before, I just pre-cook my potatoes or use canned sliced ones.

I like to use my glass pan, but be sure to spray it with cooking oil first or you'll have a terrible time scrubbing, especially with cheese.
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Typically when you make a casserole like this, all the ingredients are already cooked and you just put it in the oven to heat it through and crisp/brown the top.

I see no problem with using a disposable aluminum pan, just don't fill it so full.
Okay thanks :)
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Having had this problem before, I just pre-cook my potatoes or use canned sliced ones.

I like to use my glass pan, but be sure to spray it with cooking oil first or you'll have a terrible time scrubbing, especially with cheese.
Thanks :)
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Not at all. It's basically a huge crock pot but it has vents in the top, except you can set it to dif temps from 150-400. So technically you can slow cook in it. It has a removable rack also to raise pans/roasts off the bottom surface if need be. But it's liner is reoveable just like any slow cooker.
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah... I've seen those. I don't have one and was having a senior moment . I know that most toaster ovens put the food too close to the heating elements and can cause your condition for longer cooks. Nice picture though. It looks good
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My potatoes didn't cook through :( (pics) I tried to replicate a Stouffer's tv dinner that I really like. It's a cheesy potato bake with barbeque chicken tenderloins. I used and 8x8 disposable pan coated with nonstick spray. I put in a layer of coarsely dices potatoes, some shavings of margerine and salt and pepper, then poured in some fresh milk and topped with Velveeta singles. I repeated this step and then put some chopped raw bacon and bread crumbs on top. I set my roaster oven at 350. The milk soon boiled over and the bread crumbs were soggy, so now I know not to put so much milk in next time. But the potatoes were mostly still rock hard. Don't get me wrong, I ate it because cheese and potatoes are still tasty, but I was rather disappointed. It was in for about an hour. I took it out because the top was done and about to burn. My cousin suggested I boil the potatoes first. What else can I do to make it right next time? [IMG]http://i52.tinypic.com/2primpt.jpg[/IMG] 3 stars 1 reviews
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