What are hash browns?
Hash browns always have and always will hold a special place in my heart. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner. This healthy and lower calorie hash brown bake recipe will blow you away. It’s so quick and easy to make. Bulking this recipe out with vegetables turns this hash brown bake recipe into a whole meal of its own. What’s more is that this recipe is oven baked meaning no frying or adding unnecessary calories from oil keeping you healthy.
Traditionally hash browns are formed into triangular shapes that are fried. Today we are saying to hell with tradition. And we are baking this in one large dish which can be cut into portions at the end. If you would rather arrange your potato into shapes then you can. You may need to chop your veggies smaller. I would suggest that this recipe gives 2 servings.
This recipe is great for those with the following dietary restrictions:
- Gluten Free
- Nut free
The hash brown bake:
The first step in any hash brown recipe is to grate potato. I find the larger holes of a grater work better than small ones. We don’t want to end up with mashed potato after all! Many traditional hash brown recipes suggest using a potato ricer, this isn’t necessary here, a cheese grater will work just fine! I’ll also take this opportunity to remind you to preheat your oven to 200C! If only I had somebody to remind me to preheat my oven. That would save me a lot of time in the kitchen!
Chop up one whole spring onion, you can use two if they’re particularly small. I like to cut down the onion lengthways keeping it attached at the top and then chop widthways to get nice small pieces. Dice a 1/3 of a pepper, you can use any colour, here I used orange. Red peppers are the sweetest and green peppers have a more bitter taste that is usually better suited to cooking. Add this into the tuna along with a good crack of black pepper and 1 tablespoon of light mayonnaise. Sorry, I don’t yet have a recipe for that but I’m working on it!
Mix the potato, vegetables and all your seasonings together in a large bowl. Add half of your cheese and continue mixing, as the cheese melts during cooking this will help stick all your ingredients together along with the egg we are about to add. Beat one egg and pour it in your potato mixture a little at a time, you only want enough to coat your potato, not drown it. I usually use around half of the egg. If you add too much your hash brown will start to resemble baked omelette instead and I have a whole other recipe for that!
Transfer your potato mixture into an ovenproof dish and top with the remaining grated cheddar. I like to use 30% less fat cheddar but if you’re not calorie conscious then you can use whatever cheese you prefer. Bake at 200C for 30 minutes or until the potato is cooked through and the top is golden and crispy. Serve with salad or seasonal vegetables.
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