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Beefy Hash Brown Bake Recipe

A topping of french-fried onions provides a little crunch to this meaty main dish from Rochelle Boucher of Brooklyn, Wisconsin. "Since this casserole is practically a meal in itself, I simply accompany it with a fruit salad and dessert," she relates.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
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  • 1 cup water
  • 1 envelope brown gravy mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 can (2.8 ounces) french-fried onions, divided
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, oil and pepper. Press into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are thawed and set.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan over medium heat, cook the beef until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the water, gravy mix and garlic salt. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add vegetables; cook and stir for 5 minutes. Stir in half of the onions and cheese.
  • 3. Pour over potatoes. Bake for 5-10 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining onions and cheese; bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 682 calories, 43 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 105 mg cholesterol, 1,201 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 35 g protein.