Cooking from Scratch - Hashbrown Casserole
One of our favorite ways to save money in the kitchen is to have breakfast for dinner. Most mornings of the week there is no time for homemade breakfasts. A delicious mid-week treat is to have breakfast for dinner. Hash brown casserole is a really good dish that is low in cost and filling. I can also change up the recipe to include bits of leftover veggies and/or meats. This makes this dish even more frugal and avoids food waste.
4 or 5 medium potatoes
1/2 stick of butter
1 cup milk
1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
1/2 green pepper
Peel and grate the potatoes and spread out evenly on the bottom of a 9x13 greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Melt the butter and pour over the grated potatoes. Frugal tip - use the wrapper from the butter to grease the casserole dish. Bake at 450 for 25 minutes.
While the potatoes are cooking you can get the toppings ready. Grate your cheese, crack and lightly beat your eggs, dice your ham, onion and pepper. When the potatoes are ready, remove them from the oven and turn the oven down to 350. Sprinkle the onions, pepper and ham over the potatoes evenly. Mix the eggs and milk together and pour over the casserole. Top with the cheese. Bake for 30 minutes at 350.
This recipe can easily be made vegetarian and with other veggies as well. Mushrooms or tomatoes would go well with this dish. I have also used different meats before. I have tried bacon, ground sausage (browned first) and pepperoni. All are very good. A little meat goes a long way in this recipe, which keeps the cost down. The cost of the meal is as follows.
Potatoes - $.75 (can be had for cheaper in the fall)
stick of butter - $.50
Eggs - $.44
Milk - $.25
Cheese - $.50
Pepper - $.25
Onion - $.25
Ham - $.75 (get a thick slice from the deli and dice it up at home)
Total cost is $3.69. Add in some fresh veggies for the side dishes and for well under $5.00 you have a great, filling dinner. We always have leftovers for lunches as well. This recipe can easily be halved. If you are looking to save money on your food bill, having breakfast for dinner is a great way to do that.