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Simple Cheesy Hash Brown Bake

“My family has no idea they’re eating a low-fat recipe with this hearty side dish. It’s creamy, cheesy, convenient and simply delicious!” Pair it with all kinds of entrees. Darla Kahler - Bison, South Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups fat-free milk
  • 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • 6 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 bacon strip, cooked and crumbled


  • In a blender, combine the milk, cream cheese and salad dressing mix. Cover and process until smooth. Place potatoes in an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray; top with milk mixture. Cover and bake at 350° for 35 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and bacon. Bake, uncovered, 8-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and potatoes are tender.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 155 calories, 5g fat (4g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 552mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 fat.

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  • dlyn9smith
    Feb 9, 2016

    Since there are only 2 of us, I divided the recipe. I had a tub of whipped cream cheese, so I substituted with it, and I used heavy cream instead of milk. My husband loved it.

  • LAFrederick
    Sep 9, 2010

    I thought the recipe was pretty good and had plenty of flavor, although I did make a couple of changes. I only used one (30oz) bag of hash browns, added a little salt, some green peppers and some ham. My husband did not like it all!

  • Geneviev00
    Dec 1, 2009

    If I were to make this recipe again, I would definitely add some veggies. As is, it's pretty dry and not very flavorful.