Some recipes go into the meal rotation immediately when I try them and this is one of those. It uses common ingredients, is hearty and tasty, and take only a few minutes to put together. I make it frequently when we have company for brunch, but also often for dinner when I'm out of ideas and short on time.
I made hash brown casserole for my parents when they visited a few months ago, and of all the dishes I made during their trip, this was the one my mother loved the most. The casserole holds well in the fridge and can be cut into rectangles and warmed in the microwave- making it a good meal prep breakfast.
I've standardized the recipe for the 9x13 rectangular baking dish. It fits 7 patties perfectly. Hash brown patties are sold in packs of 10 in the frozen section of the grocery store (the potatoes section). I often buy them in packs of 20 from Aldi but they are sold in many stores. The other perfect use for these hash brown patties is for aloo tikki chana chaat. Most of my cooking is from scratch, but these patties are one convenience product that I am happy to buy.
In the recipe below, I do steps 1-4 and let the frozen hash browns thaw out as the oven preheats.
Hash Brown Casserole
Makes 8 hearty servings
- 7 frozen hash brown patties
- 1 cup loosely packed shredded cheese (Cheddar, pepper jack, mozzarella or a mix)
- 8 large eggs, room temp
- Splash of cream
- Salt and pepper
- Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish. Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Beat together eggs with cream, salt and pepper and set aside.
- Scatter 1/2 cup of shredded cheese in the greased baking dish.
- Arrange 7 frozen hash brown patties in a single layer- 4 vertically and 3 horizontally
- Pour the egg mixture evenly on the patties.
- Add the remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
- Bake for 30 minutes or so, until the eggs are cooked and the cheese is golden.
|Patties in a 9x13 dish|
That's the most basic recipe, and here are some variations:
1. Indian omelet style: Scatter minced onion, cilantro and green chillies on the patties before pouring on the egg mixture.
2. Creamy: Instead or in addition to the cheese on top, add dollops of cream cheese.
3. Pesto it up: Use mozzarella and parmesan cheese and add dollops of pesto on the patties before pouring on the egg mixture.
4. Add vegetables- singly or any combination- on the patties before pouring on the egg mixture. I frequently use leftover veggies from other dishes. Some ideas- chopped steamed broccoli, frozen chopped spinach (thaw it and press out excess water first), sautéed mushrooms, onions, peppers.
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