Freezer meals are pretty popular right now. We just tried this recipe for freezer hash brown casserole that I got from my sister-in-law. So breakfast was delicious. Of course my family objected to the peppers and onions in it. I think they made this dish absolutely wonderful.
One problem with this recipe was after the meal was thawed, the cheese was mushy and stuck together in clumps. I just used a fork and broke up the clumps. My suggestion would be to freeze the cheese in a separate bag. Then thaw both bags. Just before you are ready to put the egg mixture into the dish, dump the cheese in a mix it up in the zip lock, then put it all into the dish. No more mushy clumps of cheese.
A good short cut that I thought of for this recipe was to fore go the onions and peppers and buy the hash browns with them already in it. Less to buy and less to chop. Just adjust the amount of hash browns used to equal out the lack of peppers and onions added.Print
Freezer Hash Brown Casserole
- 8 eggs
- 4 cups frozen hash brown potatoes
- 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup diced Onion
- pepper to taste
- 1 ½ cups diced green Pepper (or red and green)
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
- 1 cup diced ham
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Mix eggs and milk together in a bowl.
- Add eggs and the remaining of the above ingredients into a one gallon freezer zip lock bag and seal the bag, removing all excess air and freeze. (See tip about the cheese up top)
- To serve thaw completely in refrigerator and put into a greased 9 x 13 dish. Bake uncovered in 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted comes clean. Serves 8-12.
If you don’t want to freeze this, just thaw hash browns before putting the casserole together and bake as usual.
This is the original photo from this post. The above photo was updated in April 2015.
Do you think regular milk will work instead of evaporated?
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My family loves this dish. Try buying the hash browns with onion and peppers cut up in it. It’s simple to make and delicious!
I put this together last night and baked it this morning, and it was yummy. I didn’t have hash browns so I just grated some potatoes and wrung out some of the liquid. Yum! Thanks for sharing.
That looks beautiful Laura!!! the peppers and onions are my favorite part, but my family would object to that part as well. Thank you for participating in the SFF Blog Carnival.
Thank you for this fabulous entry into the first edition of the Carnival Of Simple Family Favorites! The carnival edition is up and can be found here
What a great idea! That looks so good, I’d want to make a double batch – one to freeze, and one to bake right away!