Thursday, October 2, 2008

Hashbrown Casserole

I know there are several casseroles here now, but they are more frugal than some other meal options. Plus they freeze well, which is nice for those days that I am too tired or too busy, so I'm not tempted to go out to eat.

We grew up with this one, and it was huge favorite! You have a couple meat options, so it doesn't get boring, and who doesn't like sour cream and cheese?!? I didn't alter this one, it's perfect as is!

This is for 2 9x13 pans. One to eat and one to freeze. Cut in half if you don't want to freeze one.

2 lbs frozen hash browns
1 stick margarine, melted
1 tsp pepper
4 cans cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup
32 oz sour cream
1.5 lb shredded cheese
2 lb cubed ham, ground beef, or ground sausage

Cook the meat if using ground beef or ground sausage.

Spread the hash browns in the bottom of 2 9x13 pans. Sprinkle on the meat. Mix soup, cheese, margarine, and pepper. Pour over hash browns. Half in each pan if doing 2. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. You can sprinkle additional cheese on top if desired.

We love this! Which is why I always make a pan for freezing!!! Great for taking to friends that just had babies, makes great leftovers the next day, and is popular with nearly everyone. Except the pickiest of eaters... My favorite meat is ham, followed by sausage. The one time I made with ground beef it was good, but not as good as the other two. You do not need to add salt, because there is a lot of salt in some of the ingredients. Pepper though, that is highly recommended! :-)

It's also good with broccoli sprinkled on with the meat.

And those gorgeous tomato wedges? Heavenly when spread with mayonnaise!

2 Tasty Tidbits:

Michele said...

Casseroles are forbidden food in our house. But this sounds wonderful! I'm going to try to make it as a side dish without the meat. The boyfriend will never know. :-)

Stephanie said...

This is my favorite! I always loved this when Mom made it, and always thought Janelle was so weird because she didn't like it!