3 cups shredded potatoes, drained and pressed
1/4 cup butter, melted
12 ounces mild Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup onion, shredded
1 (16 ounce) container cottage cheese
6 Large eggs
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×13 inch square baking dish.
Place sausage in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat, and add seasonings (6 following the sausage in ingredients list) until evenly brown. Drain, crumble, and set aside.
In the prepared baking dish, stir together the shredded potatoes and butter. Line the bottom and sides of the baking dish with the mixture. In a bowl, mix the sausage, Cheddar cheese, onion, cottage cheese, and eggs. Pour over the potato mixture.
Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into center of the casserole comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Optional – Extra pecans for decorating Instructions
Soak the raisins in 1 cup whiskey in a bowl.
Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the raisin mixture. Mix the flour, baking powder and pecans in a bowl. Fold into the butter mixture.
Beat the egg whites in a mixing bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold into the batter until no white streaks remain. Pour into a well-greased tube pan.
Bake at 300 degrees for 2 1/2 hours or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Dampen a piece of cheesecloth with additional whisky and wrap around the cake. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 1 day before slicing.
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 tsp. vanilla
3 1/2 cup flour
4 tsp. baking powder
Sift dry ingredients. Cream butter and sugar, beat in eggs; add vanilla and dry ingredients.
Knead and add flour as needed to keep dough from sticking to hands. Pinch off dough, roll in your hands to form a log and then twirl into shape. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.
2 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
6 tsp. water
Stir until creamy
Dip cookies into icing and sprinkle with trim. Place on wire rack with wax paper on counter to collect the dripping icing and sprinkles.