farmer's casserole

INGREIENTS

Nonstick cooking spray
3   cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
3/4  cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeno peppers or shredded cheddar cheese (3 ounces)
1   cup diced cooked ham, cooked breakfast sausage or Canadian-style bacon
1/4  cup sliced green onions (2)
4   beaten eggs or 1 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed
1 1/2  cups milk or one 12-ounce can evaporated milk or evaporated fat-free milk
1/8  teaspoon salt
1/8  teaspoon black pepper

DIRECTIONS

1. Coat a 2-quart square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange potatoes evenly in the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle with cheese, ham, and green onions.
2. In a bowl combine eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Pour egg mixture over potato mixture in dish.
3. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings.

Make Ahead Tip
Prepare as above through step 2. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree oven for 50 to 55 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Tip
Farmers Casserole for 12: Prepare as above, except double all ingredients and use a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for 45 to 55 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Makes 12 servings.

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