Hash Brown Casserole is a suitable choice for gatherings or a great breakfast when family members are around for a special occasion. It is a quick and satisfying breakfast to start your day.
Most recipes suggest using shredded Hash Browns, but you can also use roasted potatoes or even leftover home fries. Generally, Hash Brown Casserole goes well with any leftover meats, veggies, and cheese. You can make it based on your taste!
Hash Brown Casserole is a quick and versatile meal, you can prepare it the same morning or the night before, and you can serve it for breakfast, brunch, or dinner!
This affordable and easy recipe has no flour, so it is a great gluten-free breakfast for anyone with gluten sensitivity. Everyone loves this Hash Brown Casserole recipe with just a handful of simple ingredients.
Grease your baking dish and preheat the oven to 176C (350 F).
In a large skillet, add bacon and cook over medium heat until crumbly and crispy. Add onions and stir occasionally until softened. Remove them from the skillet and drain oil on a paper towel.
In a large bowl, mix eggs, salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Whisk until smooth. Then, add hash browns, shredded Cheddar cheese, and Gouda cheese, cottage cheese, bacon, and onions to the bowl. Mix until combined.
Pour the mixture into the baking dish and bake them in the preheated oven for 35 to 45 minutes (depending on your oven temperature can be different) or until golden brown and cooked through. Let the casserole rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Sprinkle some chopped fresh chives or scallions and serve.
You can replace bacon with ham, sausage, veggies, etc., or just use a combination of them all.
For a more deep cheesy flavor, you can use grated Parmesan cheese instead of Gouda in the recipe.
Since frozen hash browns are pre-cooked, you don’t even need to defrost them first. No-fuss!
If you don’t like using meaty items, just easily omit the meat and replace it with sautéed vegetables like onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms.
If you have extra time and you want to shred your potatoes, don’t forget that you will require a pre-cooking step, which needs more time.
You can also store the leftover Hash Brown Casserole in an airtight container in the fridge and keep it for up to 3 days.
If you want to prepare and freeze your casserole, you should bake it in a foil disposable pan (or any freezer-safe pan) and let it completely cool after it comes out of the oven. Then, wrap the pan tightly in plastic and foil. Now you can freeze it for up to 2 months.
For defrosting the casserole, let it thaw overnight in the fridge. Then, in the morning you can cook it at 180°C (350° F) for about 30 minutes and serve it hot.
If you want to make it ahead of time and bake it later, you can simply assemble your casserole as you normally do. Then put it tightly in a plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Tomorrow morning, remove the pan from the fridge, put it in the preheated oven. But don’t forget to add an extra 10-15 minutes to the total baking time.