OVEN TEMP: 400°-350°-400° PREP TIME: +/- 60 mins COOK TIME: 75 mins
- 32 oz hash browns (can use frozen or make your own)
- 1 tbsp dried onion
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 16 oz cottage cheese
- 2 c grated cheddar cheese
- 1 pkg bacon (2 c crumbled) *can use any meat, a mixture of meats, or more than 2 c
- 12 eggs
- 1 tbsp milk
- Cooking spray
- 2 medium cookie sheets
- 2 wire racks
- 9″ x 13″ casserole dish
- Large mixing bowl (you really want a big one)
- Medium mixing bowl
- Measuring cup(s)
- Tablespoon measure
- Cheese grater
- Blender *not required but I used mine
- Whisk *you can use an electric mixer if you have one and want to
- Large wooden spoons (2)
- Aluminum foil
Now come the steps!
Preheat your oven to 400° – you need to cook the bacon!
While your oven is preheating you need to get your bacon ready to go in the oven.
Line 2 cookie sheets with aluminum foil and then put wire racks on them.
Lay your bacon out on the cookie sheets.
When the oven is preheated, bake the bacon (LOL) for 30 minutes *check around 20 minutes because ovens vary **this is for crispy bacon
While the bacon is cooking, go ahead and measure out 1 tbsp each of dried onion and garlic powder.
Now would also be the time to grate your cheese.
You can use shredded cheese, but I love grating things!
I used almost all of an 8 oz block of sharp cheddar. There was about 1/5 of it left
Once the bacon is done you need to crumble it. If it’s crispy enough you can just use a couple spoons, or even your hands. Using your hands will be messy though and make sure you don’t get burned!
I put my bacon in my blender and used the pulse button until I felt like it was crumbled enough. This did make the bacon pieces VERY small, so if that is not how you want it I would recommend using the spoon method.
The first time I made this dish, I made my own hash browns by grating potatoes. Doing this takes extra prep time and I already had a bag of frozen hash browns.
****The hash browns need to be slightly thawed. If they are left frozen 2 things will happen. One, the hash browns will not cook and more importantly, how will you mix the ingredients together if some of them are frozen
I would recommend using a large mixing bowl for this part. I did not and it was harder to mix and I made a mess.
In a large mixing bowl, combine hash browns, spices, cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, and crumbled bacon.
Mix it well and evenly. Now would be a good time to preheat your oven to 350 º F
Spray a 9″ x 13″ casserole dish with cooking spray (I totally forgot this step! Oops!) and spread mix into dish.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, beat 12 eggs. You can add other spices if you’d like but this dish really doesn’t need anything else.
Once your eggs and mixed well, add milk and mix again.
Now pour the egg mixture into the casserole dish and mix well. Make sure you try to get everything coated !
Bake at 350 º F for 60 minutes.
I pulled it out and realized it wasn’t done after I started cutting it up.
I made 2 lines in each direction and I think this helped it to finish cooking.
I turned the oven up to 400 º F and cooked it for another 15 minutes. I left the dish in the oven while it heated to 400
Obviously I forgot to take a picture before I started serving! Oops!
I’ll get better at blogging and tutorials, I promise!
This meal was SO delicious! It slices very nicely!
We all had seconds and there are plenty of leftovers!
This dish is easy to reheat and just as good as when its fresh!
Let me know any variations you made to the recipe and how it turned out for you!
Thanks for reading!
♥ Kaydee Reign