It’s bubbly all around the edges, an the casserole smells D I V I N E. But, my hash browns are not browning.
I glanced very briefly at a recipe for hash brown casserole on my pinterest last week. As the weekend progressed, I lost all interest in making it. I forgot what went in it. I did cook the hamburger, but we ate it.
Last night I had 20 minutes of free time, so I dug out:
Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, Turnips, Carrots, and half a left over large onion. I rinsed and sliced large pieces of all the vegetables. Placing them in a 9 x 13, I poured olive oil on them and sprinkled them with chopped garlic. Not a fresh garlic, as I would have preferred, but some from the frig. I tossed all of this together, covering it with foil, and slid it in the oven on 350 degrees for an hour. The best smells drifted through the kitchen last night! (Except for the turnips) Ha!
Then today, after work, and laundry, I figured I had better make this casserole. I knew my husband was excited about it. So, I cooked 2 pounds of slim trimmed hamburger in a bit of olive oil, onion, garlic salt, and water. I then drained it, and placed it in a bowl with a can of cream of celery, a half a can of 2 % milk, ground peppercorns, course ground salt, a palm full of sliced jalapenos from the jar, a can of drained mushroom slices, and one can of sliced, drained, water chestnuts that I chopped up.
The topping was fun. I felt like a little kid that no one knew was in the kitchen, mixing stuff together. Half a large bag of hash browns, almost thawed went in a large bowl with a can of mushroom soup, another half can of milk, enough colby cheese that I grated to look goooood, garlic salt, and pepper.
I put the meat mixture in a greased 9 x 13 and poured the cheesy hash browns on top. Spread it all out, and sprinkled with a little parmesan cheese, more pepper to make it look pretty.
My oven cooks too fast, so I turned it to 350 degrees to bake till the hash browns were down and the edges started bubbling!
Smells good and will go nicely with the vegetables I made last night……