A holiday favorite, Hash Brown Casserole is traditionally made with canned cream of chicken or mushroom soup. Not this version, all the ingredients are from scratch for a healthier, lower sodium side dish you won’t feel guilty about feeding your family. Still rich and creamy, but an elevated version of the classic dish. One of everyone’s favorite side dishes and still topped with cornflakes, of course. 🙂
You know I’m all about the sides. Holiday dinners always have the most stellar side dishes that sometimes overshadow the main dish. That’s cool. I’ll take it all. Especially if everything is made from fresh ingredients and from scratch. SCRATCH. Meaning, no convenience foods what.so.ever. Do you hear me? No canned soup my friends….just toss it out the door. I know it’s quick and convenient but it’s just not good. It’s not. Don’t even pretend that it is. Now, don’t get me wrong….the classic Hash Brown Casserole is delish made with the canned soup but would you eat the soup alone….without anything added? Would you take a spoonful of the gelatinous gray matter and pop it in your mouth….and not spit it out? I bet now. So….like the wine rule…don’t cook with any wine you wouldn’t drink….don’t cook with food you wouldn’t eat by itself. (Flour, nutmeg, garlic powder….that doesn’t count…I’m talking convenience foods here.)
I took it upon myself to come up with a healthier (not really healthy) version of Hash Brown Casserole just in time for Christmas. Just in time to serve it with my Riesling-Cranberry Glazed Spiral Ham. I eliminated the canned soup altogether (if you didn’t already pick that little tidbit up) and replaced it a creamy béchamel-ish type sauce. It was glorious! I’m not foolin’. You will love it.
The sauce comes together in minutes and then it’s just a matter of mixing everything in a giant bowl and dumping it all into a baking dish. All of this can be done up to 24 hours in advance. Just cover and chill in the fridge for the night. The next day, let the dish come to room temperature…whip up your cornflake topping and bake. Done and done. How awesome is that? And I know what you’re thinking….the cornflakes. They’re convenience…they’re processed. Yeah, I know but if you’re ready to start making homemade cornflakes…just let me know. We’ll take on that challenge together. Me and you. Let’s go.