"Hashbrowns, eggs and cheese. A delicious combo!"

Hashbrowns, eggs and cheese.  A delicious combo!

It all started when my mother kept telling me how much people liked the funeral cake she served at a recent dinner.  The first time I let it pass.  Then later I just had to ask about the morbid name and why this dish was called such a thing.  She said she didn’t know and that the recipe came from a family friend. 

While researching funeral cakes online, I came across several recipes for funeral potatoes.  Funeral potatoes are a staple in some religions and served at (you guessed it) funerals. The reason is because there are few ingredients - all readily available – which go together quickly and result in the perfect comfort dish.

When I thought about writing a post on the topic of "my favorite hashbrown breakfast casserole” I realized it’s my own version of funeral potatoes.  And I laughed as I remembered that the first time I tried this dish I was at a funeral (but wasn’t really laughing then.)

My tradition now is a much merrier and happier one.  I make this dish the night before Christmas and bake it the following morning as a warm-up for the gift unwrapping.  It is a simple dish, but once your house begins to fill with the scent of cheese and potatoes you will feel a little more festive and a whole lot hungrier.

So whatever your reason for celebrating this season – from the team at Yummly.com – Happy holidays and best wishes to you and your family! 

Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole                                                      

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Add 3 ½ cups frozen shredded hash browns to an 8” x 8”  pan.  Drizzle ¼ cup melted butter over top. 
  • Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.  Cool. 

Mix together and pour over the baked hashbrowns: 

Then top the entire mixture with:

  • 1 cup grated cheddar
  • ½ cup grated jalapeno cheese or Monterey jack
  • Your choice of toppings* 

Topping recommendations:  diced ham, cooked sausage or bacon, diced tomatoes, red pepper, green onion and mushrooms.   Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.