Cheesy Hash Brown and Egg Casserole
This is originally a breakfast casserole, but we love it for dinner or breakfast, or brunch or lunch. You'll love it. Sometimes I use browned, crumbled sausage, or bacon instead of the ham. Serve with sour cream or ketchup.
Dovetailing Tip: Slice additional mushrooms to use for Meal 4, Baked Cheesy Eggs.
Dovetailing Tip: Prepare ham for Meal 3, Ham, Pasta & Broccoli Casserole. Dice 1 1/2 cups and save for Meal 3. For Meal 4, Baked Eggs with Tomatoes and Mushrooms, finely dice about 1/4 cup.
|2 tablespoons||butter, divided|
|1||small onion (1/2 cup) finely chopped|
|4||medium mushrooms, sliced|
|1 tablespoon||olive oil|
|1 pound||frozen hash brown potato|
|1/4 cup||sour cream|
|1/2 teaspoon||mrs. dash salt-free seasoning, or your favorite seasoning|
|1/4 teaspoon||sea salt and ? tsp pepper, or to taste|
|4 ounces||(about 1/2 cup) ham, sliced into 1" long strips.|
|1 cup||shredded mexican cheese, divided|
|8||baby red tomatoes, halved|
|cilantro or fresh chives for garnish|
|i used an 8" cast iron skillet or you can also use a regular pan for the hash browns and then bake in a deep pie pan or a casserole dish.|
|sour cream or ketchup, for topping|
Pre-heat oven to 350F. Heat your skillet over medium heat. Melt in 1 Tbsp butter then add chopped onion and saute until golden. Remove onion to a plate. Add sliced mushrooms to the hot skillet and saute until golden and soft. Remove to the same plate as the onions.
In the same pan over medium heat, melt 1 Tbsp butter with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Layer the hash browns evenly into the bottom of the pan and sauté until golden on the bottom (about 7 minutes total). Flip hash browns over a few times while sautéing. Once they are golden brown and nearly cooked through, remove from heat. Note: If you are baking in a casserole dish, transfer your potatoes to that dish and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together 6 large eggs, 1/4 cup sour cream, 1/2 tsp seasoning along with about 1/2 tsp salt and ? tsp pepper. Whisk together until well combined then stir in sautéed onion and mushrooms. Stir in sliced ham and 1/2 cup cheese just until combined.
Pour the egg mixture evenly over the hashbrowns and top with remaining 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Cover loosely with foil and Bake at 350?F for 25 minutes then remove foil and Bake another 5-7 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and starting to brown. Garnish with halved baby tomatoes and fresh cilantro or sliced green onions.