Rise 'n Shine

As funny as this might sound, I came up with this recipe once a day after I had foolishly overworked my arms at a workout and didn't even want to flip hashbrowns over a stove. My husband was sweet enough to take over griddle duty and cook the pancakes, but we were both in the mood for hashbrowns too, so I put together an easy baked version and it's become my favorite way to make them since.

There are a couple of advantages to baking hashbrowns. Of course, the most important advantage to me at the time was the lack of flipping involved! But that's not all ... the amount of oil used is limited to a quick spray of cooking spray on the bottom of a pie plate. Limiting the oil added to the potatoes makes it so much easier for me to justify adding a bit of shredded cheese to the mix. I used sharp cheddar in this version, but pepper jack cheese also adds a nice kick to them. You can also add some finely chopped onion or pepper. If you want to make them more of a main dish meal, try adding diced ham and layering the top with thinly sliced tomatoes. The options are truly endless.

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Baked Hashbrowns

  • 4 c. frozen hashbrowns
  • 2 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic pepper blend
  • Cooking spray

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the frozen hashbrowns, cheddar cheese, salt and garlic pepper blend. Mix to combine.

Spray a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray and spread the hashbrowns evenly in the pan. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover the pie plate and bake for another 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 45 minutes