…Except that this one, as my sister pointed out, was more like a shepherd’s pie. And I liked it! My friend Andrea actually pinned this Hashbrown Hamburger Casserole with Veggies and Cheese recipe for me to look at, and I liked the idea of it for a couple of reasons. The first, I suppose, was that it didn’t have the insane amounts of bad-for-you things in it that the lovely breakfast casserole I’ve been dreaming of did; the second was that it was a more complete meal. I fudged a little on the 2 cups of frozen veggies, but mostly because I didn’t have any frozen mixed ones and I was NOT going to the store today. I found a partial bag of frozen peas and carrots that my hubby bought in his “my family’s out of town and I’m going to experiment with ham fried rice” period, but I topped it off with a (drained) can of corn. (Yes, I know it’s weird, but I have a sneaking fondness for canned corn. Canned green beans I can take or leave, and canned peas are an abomination, but canned corn I can get behind.)
I used sharp cheddar cheese because I prefer the flavor, and I actually followed the recipe from there! I thought it was tasty; my girlies both gave it a thumbs middle; and the boy, well, his attitude improved over the course of the meal. (Never mind that it took Veggie Tales Silly Songs on my kitchen computer to get him to eat.) The texture of the hashbrowns on top of a shepherd’s pie-style casserole was especially enjoyable for me; I think I might prefer it to the traditional mashed potatoes. My hubby even enjoyed it, so what’s not to love? If you want to experiment with something like a shepherd’s pie, give this one a try.