Breakfast at Key's Cafe? Bring Home the Hash Browns!

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I usually keep most of my posts to real estate and buying homes in the north and east Minneapolis/St Paul metro but I came across a photo of  potato soup made in a crock pot a few weeks ago that looked oh so good that I thought I might give it a try. The main ingredient was frozen hash browns…not a staple in our house. I love well made hash browns from restaurants but the ones from home are usually less than edible. So I kind of stored away the idea in my computer…because well, at this time of year the back of my head gets a bit full.

So a week or so ago we were having breakfast at Keys Cafe in Forest Lake. If you have ever ordered a Keys breakfast whether at the original restaurant in St Paul or one of the 8 other locations across the Twin Cities, you know you’d better be hungry. Their servings of hash browns are enough to feed most families for a week. Unfortunately, we are never THAT hungry and we usually just have to throw the leftovers out. (Reheated breakfast food falls in the inedible category too.)

This time we boxed the potatoes up, took them home and I found that online recipe. After reading the comments, I made a few changes to make sure there was sufficient flavor. We don’t like celery flavoring so switched it up with broccoli. It turned out fantastic! So give Keys a try…and bring home those hash browns as the secret ingredient for dinner tomorrow!


Cheesy Potato Crockpot Soup by Teri Eckholm REALTOR


Cheesy Potato Broccoli Crockpot Soup Recipe


1 -32 oz package of frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed or frozen (add any leftovers from breakfast too)
1/2 cup fresh chopped onion
1 cup frozen broccoli
1-32oz carton chicken broth
1 cup water
3 tablespoons Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 -8oz pkg shredded three cheddar blend with Philadelphia Cream Cheese flavoring (or any Cheddar blend)
1/4 cup real bacon pieces (from jar or homemade)
1/4 cup chopped green onions



1. In 3-4 quart crockpot or slow cooker, mix potatoes, onion, broccoli, broth and water.

2. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 4 to 5 hours.

3. In small bowl, mix flour into milk; stir into potato mixture. Increase heat setting to High. Cover; cook 20 minutes or until mixture thickens. Stir in cheese until melted. Garnish with shredded cheddar, bacon pieces,green onions and pepper.

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Teri Eckholm. REALTOR with Boardman Realty, is a native Minnesotan who has lived and worked in the Minneapolis St Paul metro all of her life. She specializes in lakeshore homes, acreage properties and first time home buyers but assists anyone making a move in the north and east Twin Cities metro.

If you are buying, selling or relocating to Minnesota and need help from a professional REALTOR®, give Teri , a call or visit her website for a FREE Home Buyer Success Guide or FREE Home Value Report She specialize in acreage and lakeshore properties in the north and east Twin Cities metro area including Ham Lake, Lino Lakes and all communities in the Forest Lake School District! Serving Anoka, Chisago, Ramsey and Washington Counties in Minnesota.

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Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

Sounds like a perfect winter meal!

Dec 03, 2012 12:59 AM #1
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Teri, If I ever find myself in Forest Lake I'll be sure to visit Keys Cafe and you recipe of the "Cheesy Potato Broccoli Crock-pot Soup" can't wait to try it.

Great Stuff, best wishes Bob

Dec 03, 2012 01:00 AM #2
Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Teri this looks like the perfect soup for a cold Minnesota (or Arizona night).  I must try it!!

Dec 03, 2012 10:56 AM #3
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Teri...this is a great place to eat.  We were just introduced to this place this fall and have been back several times.

Dec 03, 2012 11:47 AM #4
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