The utter simplicity of hash brown casserole makes it a comfort-food star: Homey shredded potatoes get cozy with butter, cream soup, sour cream, and plenty of cheese. It's a workingman's day-starter. But unless you're the wood-chopping type, you likely won't be able to burn off nearly 500 calories of cheesy potatoes by lunch. The challenge: Keep the mighty comfort-filled portion and whack the calorie count.
We simmer and puree fresh mushrooms and garlic with light sour cream to create a silky sauce, replacing canned mushroom soup, heavy sour cream, and butter to save 176 calories and 11.5g sat fat per serving.