So let’s talk about one of the internet’s most searched-for recipes, ever.
If you’re from the east or west coast, or from outside the U.S., you might not totally get this at first. You might think, “Hashbrown casserole? Like, a bag of hashbrowns as the base of a casserole?” The answers to both of those questions is, YES!
Hashbrown Casserole is one of those American Midwest staples that every midwest family seems to know. It’s popular, easy, delicious and… super unhealthy. Normally, it’s full of processed cheese, unhealthy oils, and not just cream, but butter and sour cream, too. (Oy, talk about a dairy storm!)
Since there are a zillion varieties and recipes out there already for this dish—yet very few healthy ones—I wanted to share this healthy version with you so you can give it a try without giving yourself a heart attack (you’ll thank me later!).
Believe it or not, this recipe is:
healthy, gluten-free, dairy-free,
grain-free, great for families, easy,
no-sugar-added, low-glycemic & delicious
Now, if you’re from the midwest, when you realize that there isn’t any cheese in this recipe, you might go into a little bit of shock. You may even accuse me of blasphemy. I’m ok with that. If you can’t handle it and just need to have some cheese in your hashbrown casserole, then sprinkle 3/4 cup of a high-quality grated cheddar (grass-fed cheese is best) on top of the hashbrowns. But give it a try without, first! it’s still delicious without it, and you might end up loving the cheese-less/dairy-free version!
Healthy hashbrown casserole starts with healthy ingredients. Choose hashbrowns that aren’t loaded with artificial flavors or chemical preservatives. I buy the organic frozen hashbrowns at the health food store. They cost a little more, but I think it’s worth it. Potatoes are actually on the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” (you know, that list that shows which produce gets sprayed with the highest amounts of pesticides), so it’s best to get your potatoes/hashbrowns organic if you can. So if you can swing it, always try to get the best ingredients possible. After all, you are what you eat!
You can watch a full tutorial of this recipe on my FMTV show, Elizabeth Eats. We added this free preview under the recipe as a bonus video for you watch here and enjoy.
We call this Breakfast a la Angie in my family, because my sister Angela makes this just about every weekend now since she ventured into gluten-free eating. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser, even for the non-gluten-free eaters.
Angie sprinkles about a 1/2 cup of cooked (and cooled) organic breakfast sausage on top of the hashbrowns while assembling the dish, which is another option if you love sausage or want some added protein. If you’re going for a gluten-free and dairy-free version of this dish, though, make sure your sausage is GF and DF, too!
⅓ cup unsweetened almond milk, or nondairy milk of choice
½ teaspoon sea salt
a few spins of freshly ground black pepper
Garnish: Chives, avocado, and fermented salsa
In a 9 x 13 inch pan, sprayed with grapeseed oil, extra-virgin olive oil, or another healthy cooking spray, spread the entire package of hashbrowns in the bottom of the pan. Layer in the sauteed veggies.
In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, unsweetened almond milk, salt and pepper. Whisk together, then pour over the hashbrowns and veggies. Cover and let sit overnight in the refrigerator.
The next morning, preheat the oven 350°F. Pull the casserole dish out of the fridge to let it come to room temperature while the oven preheats. Bake for 45-50 minutes until the eggs are set and the top is crisp.
Garnish with chopped chives, and serve with sliced avocado & fermented salsa (or another salsa of your choice).
We love this recipe as-is, but here are two variations if you can’t live without these things:
-If desired, sprinkle 1/2 cup cooked (and cooled) organic breakfast sausage on top of the hashbrowns while assembling the dish.
– If desired, sprinkle 3/4 cup of a high-quality grated cheddar (grass-fed cheese is best) on top of the hashbrowns while assembling the dish.
Watch: Healthy Hashbrown Casserole Recipe Video
Click play to join me in my kitchen and watch the full episode from this bonus preview of Series 3 of Elizabeth Eats on FMTV!
Are you a die-hard hashbrown casserole fan, or is this your first venture into this midwest staple? Give it a try, and let us know in the comments below how it turns out!