Make-Ahead Casserole Meals

 make-ahead-Casserole Meals

Supreme Hash Brown Bake
Make 10 TO 12 Servings
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  1. 1 large tomato, cored, seeded, and diced (about ¾ cup)
  2. 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  3. 2 cups shredded smoked Gouda cheese, divided
  4. 6 ounces yellow American cheese, cubed
  5. 1/2 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  6. 3/4 cup milk
  7. 2 (20-ounce) bags refrigerated shredded hash brown potatoes*
  8. 1 (16-ounce) package small diced ham
  9. 1 (10.75-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  10. 1 cup chopped green onions
  11. 1/2 cup sour cream
  12. 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  13. 4 slices (about 1/3 pound) thick-cut bacon, cooked and chopped
  14. Garnish: chopped green onions, sliced grape tomatoes
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 13x9-inch or 3-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Line a platter with a double layer of paper towels. Place tomatoes in a single layer on prepared
  3. platter. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt. Allow 30 minutes to drain.
  4. In a medium saucepan, combine 1 1/4 cups Gouda cheese, American cheese, cream cheese, and milk over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally until cheese mixture is mostly melted. Whisk until sauce is smooth, and remove from heat.
  5. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, ham, soup, onions, sour cream, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Stir in cheese sauce and tomatoes. Spoon into prepared baking dish; sprinkle with remaining 3/4 cup Gouda cheese and bacon.
  6. Bake until heated through, 45 to 60 minutes. Garnish with green onions and tomatoes, if desired.
  1. *We used Simply Potatoes.
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MAKE-AHEAD INFO: Spray a 13×9-inch or 3-quart freezer-safe baking dish with cooking spray. Follow steps 2 through 4. Spray a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil with cooking spray. Cover baking dish, sprayed side down, and freeze. To cook, preheat oven to 300°. Bake, still covered in foil, for 2 hours. Increase oven temperature to 350°, remove foil, and follow step 5.