Quick and Easy Hashbrown Casserole
1 (2 lb) package frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
1 (10.75 oz.) can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 (10.75 oz.) can of Cream of Chicken Soup
1/2 cup butter softened
1 cup chopped onion
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (1/2 cup reserved for topping)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Dash of paprika (for topping)
Dried parsley (for garnish)
Heat Oven to 350 degrees.
Spray 9 X 13 pan with non-stick cooking spray.
thawed potatoes, softened butter, mushroom soup, chicken soup, onion, 1
1/2 cups of cheese, salt and pepper, in a large bowl and stir together
until mixed well. Set aside the 1/2 cup cheddar cheese to put on the
Pour into baking pan and bake for 25 minutes.
Add cheese and paprika to the top and bake for 10 more minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned. Depends upon oven!
Sprinkle with dried parsley for garnished look!
Every bite was eaten at potluck today! :-) That makes a cook happy!
Note: I have a few comments on Hashbrown casseroles.
1. In, my opinion, the sour cream version is too rich and often tastes too sour during leftovers. So I will no longer use a sour cream in my hashbrowns.
It's festive to fix hashbrowns at Christmas with green and red bell
peppers in them. You can usually buy them this way from your grocer's
freezer section. If not, saute fresh bell peppers first in olive oil to
cook them down a bit. Might as well throw in the onion as well? lol
Maybe some fresh graded garlic?
3. Corn flakes. I'm
thinking that I like adding cheese as the topping and it is quicker than
fixing up the cornflake and butter topping that sit atop many a classy
church casserole. Nothing wrong with a corn flake topping. But....
Cheese sure does look appetizing! And cheesy toppings usually gets eaten
quicker at potlucks beside their cereal ladened sisters! Yes in my
geeky way, I've noticed these things! lol
Seasonings. The fun part of cooking. Why not just reach in the cabinet
and "sniff" for that seasoning blend that is calling to jump right into
those potatoes! Or you can read the label for "excellent with
potatoes". I can tell you that adding rosemary to potatoes is
heavenly. One of life's best discoveries is uniting that herb to a
potato! Different seasonings will make for a varied version. You could
"curry it up", or make them Mexican or Italian. No discrimination with
our potatoes, no sirree! Only an HR person that likes to cook would
say that, right?
Have fun casseroling! It's so easy to mix up stuff in a bowl and bake it!