Friday, December 6, 2013

Fully-Loaded Hash Browns

To celebrate my love of potatoes & Disney movies, as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias, I made Fully-Loaded Hash Browns with Ore-Ida Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes #OreIdaHashbrn

One of the most fun things about being a Momma is using my creativity to get my kiddos trying new foods. It can certainly be a challenge but it is definitely rewarding when they are licking their plates clean. {true story} We were recently at Walmart when my son saw bags of Ore-Ida Hashbrowns that had Olaf from the new Disney movie, Frozen, on them. {I swear my kiddos have Disney radar...}

If we are anything, it is a family that loves movies {especially Disney}. So I grabbed a bag of the Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes and got straight to thinking about a recipe that my whole family would love. My kiddos would eat the entire bag of hash browns as is, no need to do something special - but I wanted something special. Something we could sit down together, as a family, and snack on while watching a movie.

My husband and I LOVE Fully-Loaded Baked Potatoes and my kids love, well, cookies. So, how about cookie-shaped Fully-Loaded Hashbrowns? Sounded perfect to me - I grabbed the ingredients and got to work!

Only 5 ingredients are needed to whip up these Fully-Loaded Hash Browns: Ore-Ida Shredded Hash Browns, cheese, bacon {of course!}, chives and egg whites. Gotta love a short shopping list!

I used a Whoopie Pie pan to shape the Fully-Loaded Hash Browns {can be found in Walmart's baking department}. The hash browns can also be made on a baking sheet, they just need to be shaped by hand and baking time may vary based on size of hash browns.

The Fully-Loaded Hash Browns were exquisite! They truly have the flavors of a fully-loaded baked potato, especially when dipped in sour cream. We got comfy on the couch, set up tv trays and snacked on these delicious hash browns while watching Disney's holiday TV feature from last year, Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice. Not only were these hash browns the perfect movie snack but they were a cinch to make - definitely going to be a repeat in our {crazy} house!

  Fully-Loaded Hashbrowns
yields 1 dozen hashbrowns
2 cups Ore-Ida Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes
½ cup colby jack cheese, shredded
¼ lb bacon, cooked & chopped
2 tablespoons chives, chopped
⅛ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 egg whites
1. Heat oven to 400
2. Mix all ingredients together well.
3. Scoop ¼ cup of mixture into a greased Whoopie Pie Pan {a regular baking sheet would work as well, the patties would just have to be hand-shaped}. With fingertips, lightly press mixture into each pie cup.
4. Bake for about 30 minutes or until hashbrowns are turning golden brown.
5. Let cool and enjoy!! {serve with sour cream!}

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