Sunday, March 18, 2012

Cheesy Hash Browns

A few weeks ago, my family and I took a long weekend trip to Disney in Florida to see our oldest daughter compete in a National Cheering Competition. During our stay, we met up with my Mom and her husband for a visit, went to Epcot then headed to the Contemporary Hotel for Breakfast with Mickey. If you've never gone, they serve a full buffet-style breakfast with everything you could imagine while the characters (Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy and Donald) walk around to take pictures with each table. It's really quite cute and I highly recommend it. One of the items they had on their menu were these Cheesy Hash Browns and they were so good, but when I found one of the Disney cookbooks in one of their stores and saw the recipe, I knew I could lighten it up a bit to make at home. Theirs had heavy cream, regular sour cream, and Cheddar cheese. I gave mine a little twist (go figure!) and added in some Asiago and Cheddar Jack cheese instead and used reduced fat where I could. I also opted for frozen potatoes (mainly because they were on sale), but you could certainly use fresh potatoes which would be a little more labor intensive. These were delicious and the family loved them!


Cheesy Hash Browns
Adapted from one of the Disney Cookbooks
1 Bag Frozen Shredded Hash Browns
1/4 c. Red Onion
1 tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 c. Fat Free Half & Half
1 c. Reduced Fat Sour Cream
1/2 c. Asiago Cheese, shredded
1 1/2 c. Reduced Fat Cheddar Jack Cheese, shredded
1 tsp. Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp. Fresh Ground Black Pepper


In a small saute pan, heat oil and cook onions until they become translucent. In a bowl, mix together the hash browns, cooked onions, half & half, sour cream, Asiago cheese, 1 cup of the Cheddar Jack cheese, salt and pepper. Mix until all ingredients are well blended, then place in an 8"x8" oven safe baking dish and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of Cheddar Jack cheese on top. Bake at 425 degrees for 45 minutes. Serves 9. 


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Enjoy!


Gab with Goofy
Rachael with some of her teammates

15 comments:

  1. Yum, I love cheesy hashbrowns. Do you thaw them out first?

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    1. No, but if they don't break apart easily, I would just microwave them for a minute to loosen them up. :)

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  2. Gorgeous cheerleaders! I am a hash brown fanatic... with cheese? Yummy =)

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  3. What a fun trip. My post tomorrow is for hashbrown casserole, which is also cheesy. I guess we're on the same wave length. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back next Sunday ~EMM

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    1. Ooh, I have to take a look at yours too, great minds Krista and same to you!

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  4. Carrie, we love hash browns around here, can't wait to try this out on the family! So glad you enjoyed your long weekend in Disney, nest time you go though, you have to do Universal and Hogwarts. If your girls have read the Harry Potter books, they will love it!

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    1. They didn't read the books but we went to Universal in August last year and they LOVED that ride. My younger one was a little scared, but they had a blast!

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  5. I have to tell you someone is copying your blog word for word along with your family pictures. I know because they are also copying my blog Easy2Save. This is the link to the copy of your blog http://greektomato.blogspot.com/ This one person "Cathy Smith" has over forty blogs http://www.blogger.com/profile/06258038767113932561 and I am sure they are not really hers. This is not a good way to meet another blogger but I wanted to let you know about the copycat.
    Victoria @Easy2SaveBlog

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  6. Thank you for pointing this out to me Victoria and so nice to meet you! I see it for a second, but then takes me to another page. I'll report them to Google,maybe they can do something. When you click on your blog, do you see it word for word or does it take you to another site?

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  7. Do you use the 2 pound bag of hash browns?

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  8. Carrie, although I visit your blog frequently, I've never come across this dish. The shame of me! I am an avid lover of potatoes prepared any way, and this dish looks devine! I just shared it, as a matter of fact, with my fb friends. :) So glad y'all had a good time in Disney, and that you were able to find that delicious cookbook!

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  9. Your recipe is so lovely that I shared it as a story on Ann Kroegers Food on Friday site. I gave you credit, so you may get some more viewers! http://annkroeker.com/

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