Wednesday, February 3, 2010


One of my favorite ways of finding new blogs is to visit one of my "old favorites" and click through their list of favorites. This is how I found Amy from Dinners for a Year and Beyond. If you haven't checked out her blog, be sure to do so soon. Since we were heading into the weekend, what immediately caught my eye was her recipe for a hash brown quiche. I had bought a large bag of them to make potato cheddar soup, then didn't get to it because I had lots of leftovers this week. Amy's recipe was based on a recipe by Paula Deen. I used Amy's recipe as a springboard and lightened it up a bit. Here's my version of Amy's version of Paula's version. Don't you just love food bloggers!

Hash Brown Quiche
8 servings
5 WW pts per serving

makes 1 (9-inch) quiche

4 cups frozen hash browns (defrost them in the refrigerator)
1/2 stick butter, melted
4 large eggs
1 cupfat free half and half
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp, then chopped
2 thinly sliced scallions
1 cup lowfat shredded cheese (I mixed cheddar and mozzarella)
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

In a large bowl, toss the hash browns with the melted butter. Place the hash browns in 9-inch pie plate and press them into the bottom and up the sides plates to form a crust. Bake for 25 - 35 minutes or until golden brown and starting to get crispy. Remove from oven and set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.

Meanwhile, in the same bowl, add the eggs, half and half, and scallions and whisk to combine. Spread the chopped bacon over the bottom of the crust. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the bacon, then pour the egg mixture evenly over all. Return to oven and bake for about 20 - 25 minutes or until the eggs are just set. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting into wedges to serve.
This is a recipe you can definitely play around with. I want to try it next time with my Spanish tortilla ingredients (roasted red pepper, onions, Sazon, colby cheese). My only disappointment was that I could only eat one slice (5 WW points is at the high end of what I allocate for breakfast). DSO had 3 pieces and was very happy with this new brunch dish. The bacon and scallions made for a flavorful filling. The fat free half and half worked perfectly in the filling and I may try egg substitute next time to further lighten the calories. Amy, thanks for a wonderful Sunday treat.


  1. That is my favorite way to find new bloggers as well! I've discovered some great food that way.

    This looks delicious! Hash browns are a total weakness of mine, but maybe I could control myself around this quiche. Maybe.

  2. very delicious looking beautiful colors~ dont forget to pick up something on my blog for you :)

  3. I find new bloggers the same way and recently found The Italian Dish from your site! Love the sound of this quiche. Bacon, eggs, cheese, and a potato crust, all for 5 points-sounds great. Plus, you reminded me that there is fat-free half and half out there, which I forgot about. I would've had a hard time stopping at one piece too. Laughing that DSO had 3 pieces. He's one lucky guy.

  4. Hello again! I just found this site They have a monthly roundup of Cooking Light recipes and this month was an Italian themed roundup. I think every month has a different theme, but you might find some recipes you like.

  5. Arlene, what a terrific recipe! I love that it is filled with ingredients easy at hand. I bet this makes a great meal at breakfast with crispy toast, or a light lunch & dinner with a toss salad.

    Many thanks for passing on this great find of an old favorite...

  6. This sounds delicious! I love versatile recipes.

  7. O. M. G.! And I don't mean that as ohmygawd, but as O. M. G.! This looks SUPER yummyyummy. I want it, i want it NOW!

  8. Hey thats so true ...i met loads of wonderful bloggers like this and so did i meet someone as precious as u...and i love and look foward to every post u put up with those lovely points....

    thats an amazing quiche dear....

  9. You had me at hash browns! This is a great quiche indeed!


  10. Good gosh almighty that looks good. I've been playing around with frittatas lately, but I MUST try this. The scallions took it over the top. Love scallions more than onions. Great photo..made me hungry. ♥

  11. Excellent recipe! beautiful presentation!

  12. Mmm.. hash brown quiche sounds just fabulous!

  13. OK, this is making me drool--love the hash browns!

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  15. So glad you found my blog! I spend more time then I care to admit surfing all the photos, recipes and foodie stories on the web.

  16. I love potatoes and potato recipes. This looks YUMMY!!

  17. Guess what time it is...

  18. There are so many good blogs aren't there? It is like the old saying about books, a little modified ...So Many Blogs, So Little Time"!


    I have a new shredder attachment for my kitchen aid mixer so this will be a good recipe for it Thanks Arlene!

  19. Great looking recipe. You should enter it in the Idaho Potato "Watching Waistlines and Wallets" recipe contest:


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