Reduced-Fat Funeral Potatoes
Would slimming down this cheesy potato casserole slim down the flavor, too? ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Not if we could help it.
Why This Recipe Works
Funeral potatoes, sometimes called “hash brown casserole,” is a shredded potato dish bound together by a creamy cheese sauce. The topping consists of a hefty amount of sour cream and onion potato chips, and the casserole is full of flavor, as well as calories. With our work cut out for us, we were able to trim the calories without sacrificing flavor. With the help of some cornstarch, we combined 2 percent low-fat milk and evaporated milk to create a silky sauce (without any butter—or any extra calories). Combining this sauce with frozen shredded hash browns, some extra-sharp cheddar cheese, and Parmesan made for a creamy and cheesy casserole. A clever trick of tossing reduced fat potato chips with ranch-flavored dressing mix finished the casserole with not only crunch but lots of flavor reminiscent of its original topping.
Traditional Funeral Potatoes recipes have 430 calories, 27 grams of fat, and 15 grams of saturated fat per serving. Our changes brought the numbers down to 310 calories, 12 grams of fat, and 4 grams of saturated fat per serving.
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