Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hashbrown Casserole

Before I started this blog, I didn't cook much.  One thing I did make was a hashbrown casserole with ham.  My casserole contained a couple of cans of cream of mushroom soup, large amounts of sour cream, butter and a ton of cheese.  Very tasty but incredibly high calorie and not healthy at all.

I was pleased when I saw this hashbrown casserole recipe. It reminded me much of my former casserole, but a much healthier version.  Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't exactly call this health food but in comparison, it is much better. 

A healthier, homemade version with out sacrificing taste at all. It was delicious.

The original recipe did not call for ham. I had made a ham for the family a couple of days earlier and this was the perfect way to use the leftovers and make it more of a meal.  The whole family loved it.

Hashbrown Casserole Recipe
Adapted from Under the Big Oak Tree

26 oz. bag of hashbrowns
2 cups colby jack cheese, shredded (8 oz)
10 oz. ham, cut into chunks
1/4 cup onion, minced
1 cup milk
1/2 cup beef stock or broth
2 tbsp. butter, melted
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Preheat oven to 425.  In a large bowl, combine hashbrowns, cheese and onions.  Combine, in a separate bowl, the milk, broth, 1/2 of the butter, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix well, then pour over the hashbrown/cheese mixture and mix well.  Heat the remaining butter in a pan.  Cook potato mixture, stirring occasionally, until heated through and all the cheese is melted, about 7 - 8 minutes.  Transfer to a baking dish and put in the oven to bake for 45 minutes to an hour. 

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  1. that looks so wonderful, I can taste it.

  2. I make the artery-clogging version you mentioned (we call it funeral potatoes because it's the kind of thing you'd bring to a potluck, church supper, or home of someone who's grieving and must feed a crowd). I'm pinning your more healthy version to try (but not now since I'm trying to take off holiday pounds, lol).

  3. I had something like this before at a potluck brunch and really liked it. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Perfect comfort food!

    I bet if you make my sweet potato hash, you'll add lots of onions! :D

  5. YUUUUUUUUM I love hashbrown casserole and I love that the ingredients in this include nothing canned!

  6. Debbie, I wish I had seen this earlier. I decided, I wanted something with potatoes for dinner and already have made potato soup but this sounds fantastic. For another time. I am printing it up.

  7. Debbie, this works for me! It sure beats the 2 or 3 cans of soup usually with it. Bookmarked! And here's wishing you and family the best in 2012!

  8. Wow, I've never made this without using a cream soup. I'll have to try it with just broth. Really will cut down on the fat and calories. I've always used only some of the butter and a little less cheese, but now I'm excited to try it with broth.

  9. Funny my boss made this for lunch today! Delicious! Glad you put the recipe here for me! Thank you!!

  10. I think if we never indulged in comfort foods like these we'd go crazy (at least I would) so it's all about making them BETTER instead of avoiding them altogether, in my opinion. Sounds delicious to me!

  11. New follower from "It's a Keeper" :) Looks delish!

  12. Oh that sounds so yummy! I make a Hungarian potato casserole called "layered potatoes" in English. This makes me want to use hash browns for it!

  13. What a fabulous idea! I'll have to give it a try with the leftover Easter ham....I don't think we'll be having ham again until then! :)

    I'm so glad your family liked this! We really enjoy it!

  14. Hi Debbi,
    I just love this recipe, I really like that you used the Jack Cheese, this will have a great flavor. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen