Saturday, December 18, 2010

Hash brown casserole

6 slice(s) uncooked turkey bacon, sliced crosswise into 1⁄4-inch strips   
3 cup(s) frozen hash brown potatoes, 12 ounces   

1/2 medium onion, diced

3 large eggs  

3 large egg whites
1/2 diced red pepper * (optional)
3/4 cup(s) 1% low-fat cottage cheese, small-curd   
2/3 cup(s) low-fat shredded cheddar cheese   
3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, freshly grated   
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour   
3/4 tsp poultry seasoning, or ground sage   
1/2 tsp baking powder   
1/4 tsp table salt   
1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground  
  • Place the oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat oven to 375ºF. Spray a 1 1⁄2-quart shallow baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • Spray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick spray and set over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until nearly crisp, stirring occasionally, 4 minutes. Add the onions and cook for another minute or two until lightly browned, then add the potatoes; continue cooking and stirring until tender, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
  • Beat together the eggs and egg whites in a large bowl until blended. Beat in the cottage cheese, 1⁄3 cup of the cheddar cheese, the Parmesan cheese, flour, poultry seasoning or sage, baking powder, salt, and pepper until combined. Stir in the cooled potato mixture and spread evenly into the baking dish. Bake until golden and set in the center, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining 1⁄3 cup cheddar cheese. Let stand until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes, and serve hot or warm.

Serves 6  (6 pt+)

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