I thought this was a great idea to give as a Christmas gift without overloading anyone on more SWEETS!
Here are the ingredients:
2 cups potato flakes
2 cups coffee creamer
3/4 cup powdered cheese
1/2 cup imitation bacon bits
1 tsp Mrs. Dash
2 Tbsp. dried parsely
1 tsp dried minced onion
1/2 tsp. pepper
Add all ingredients to 6 cups boiling water. Mix well and let stand 5 minutes before serving. Depending on the potato flakes you use, you may have to use more water. My MIL uses the potato pearls from the church and it uses more like 8 cups water. I would start with 6 and see how its thickening up.
Here's a couple tips:
1. If you are making this as a gift, be sure to use IMITATION bacon bits so that whoever you give this to can put it on their shelf until they want to use it, instead of in their refrigerator.
2. The only thing I had a hard time finding was the powdered cheese. If you live where you have access to a WinCo, my MIL says that they sell it in bulk there. I couldn't find anywhere that sold it, so I had to order a #10 can of it off a website I found.
3. Also, if you are making this, use the wide mouthed quart jars and use a little less than 2 cups of the potato flakes and creamer. Be sure to jam your hand down in it and compress the flakes as much as possible in order to fit everything. I pushed and pushed and pushed in order to make everything fit.
I have this in my crockpot right now for a luncheon I'm going to today and I cannot wait to have it again (especially since I'm lactose intolerant.... and the coffee creamer is lactose free!!)