In an 8 x 8 glass baking dish, I layered half of the hash browns. Then I did a layer of onions, bacon, and half the cheese. I topped that with the rest of the potatoes and then the other half of the smoked cheddar. Realizing that I had nothing to bind everything together, I pressed down on the whole thing, hoping that it would make everything stick. (Spoiler alert: It didn’t.)
This ended up being a less-creamy version of potato casserole. It was good, but it either needed an egg to really make it into a pie or some kind of creamy addition to make it a casserole. And the cubes of cheddar, well, they were just weird. Random blobs of cheese dotted on top of hash browns doesn’t look very pretty, does it?
What I took away from this is that smoked cheese would work really well in casseroles. The flavor is so strong, you can get away with using much less of it than if you were to use regular cheese. The smoky flavor is something that’s often missing in vegetarian cooking too. So, all in all, it was a learning experience.
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