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Beefy Hash Brown Bake

 Beefy Hash Brown Bake
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.
4 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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,

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Beefy Hash Brown Bake (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 43 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 105 mg cholesterol, 1,201 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 35 g protein.