I haven't tried this recipe yet, though I intend to for our christmas morning breakfast. I was just thinking about Sally's comment. I thought that maybe, if you would like to have a crispy hashbrown bed, then maybe try baking the hashbrowns first, almost like a pie or pizza crust. They will probably still soften up after baking with everything else, but may still be somewhat "crispy". I'm going to try this - I'll let you know how it goes!
YUMMY -- This is a nice variation -- I usually put the sour cream in the casserole -- but I really liked the cottage cheese. I would have never thought of doing that. I noticed someone mentioned that they were a bit disappointed that these were not "crispy". I don't think they realized this is more of a casserole dish than a side of "hash browns" served the traditional way. This is especially nice because the ingredients can be thrown together ahead of time. Thanks for pointing out that the potatoes need to be thawed -- it's an important piece of information to ensure a lovely, creamy casserole.
Seems I may be thinking something different when I make these recipe's with the hashbrowns. I expect them to be a least kind of crispy and they just seem to never be. This was good, and we liked all the flavors but I keep thinking the hash browns should be crispy on the bottom and this was not. But thanks for the recipe!
This was a delicious variation. Thanks for sharing and for offering your two tips. Making it "right" is always appreciated!
We loved this, I doubled the recipe and didn't change a thing. It was a nice side dish for the other casseroles we made. Everyone enjoyed the night. Thanks so much for suggesting this recipe. Its a keeper.