How often have you opened your freezer, refrigerator or pantry at 5 PM and been confronted with a package of potatoes, ground beef, or chicken, with no idea how to transform it into a meal? I'm collecting recipes that start with one ingredient and end with a delicious soup, salad, pie or casserole with a few simple additions. With this series of articles, you'll never be at a loss when your kids ask 'What's for dinner?' For the first entry, start with hash brown potatoes and end up with delicious and quick recipes your family will love.
Be open to innovation and experimentation when you look at these recipes. Don't have canned salmon? Try using canned tuna or chicken, or leave the meat out of the recipe. Try a different vegetable or cheese. Use a different type of canned soup or make your own condensed soup mix out of simple pantry ingredients. The great thing about these recipes is they are totally adjustable. Have fun experimenting!
You can use frozen hash brown potatoes or the refrigerated kind that are found in the dairy aisle. Make sure to read the recipe carefully so you understand if the potatoes have to be thawed or cooked before using, then follow package directions. There are two kinds of frozen hash brown potatoes available in the supermarket: the grated type that looks like shredded potatoes, and the ones cut into tiny cubes, which are usually labeled southern. Either type works in these fabulous recipes.
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Start with Hash Brown Potatoes
- Creamy Hash Brown Potatoes
This is fabulous as a side dish, or you could add some chopped ham or meatballs to make a wonderful main dish.
- Hash Brown Frittata
A frittata is an omelet that's easier to make! This recipe feeds a crowd very easily.
- Chicken Potato Bake
This simple one dish meal is a real winner. The chicken stays moist and tender with a crisp cheese topping. Yum.
- Bacon Hash Brown Roll Ups
Chopped Canadian bacon and hash brown potatoes are cooked with eggs, then rolled into flour tortillas in this great breakfast-on-the-run recipe.
- Meaty Hash Brown Potato Casserole
This simple five ingredient recipe is rich and delicious. Your kids will love it.
- Hash Brown Casserole
Add some cubed ham to this simple casserole to turn it into a company dish.
- Chicken Potato Casserole
This casserole reminds me of tuna noodle casserole, but potatoes are used in place of the pasta.
- Impossible Breakfast Pie
This impossible pie, with its filling of pork sausage, cheese, and potatoes, is perfect for a weekend brunch.