Harvest Homage: Farmer’s Casserole, A Bountiful Symphony of Comfort

Step into the heart of farmstead comfort with our Farmer’s Casserole, a culinary ode to the rustic charm of countryside kitchens and the wholesome goodness of fresh produce. This recipe is a homage to the hardworking hands that till the land, cultivating flavors that warm the soul. Join us on a journey through this bountiful symphony of comfort, where layers of hearty ingredients harmonize to create a dish that resonates with the essence of home.


For the Casserole Base:

  • 6 large eggs – the foundation of our casserole canvas
  • 3 cups frozen shredded hash browns – the earthy undertones
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded – the melty harmony
  • 1 ½ cups ham, diced – the savory refrain
  • 1 cup cottage cheese – the creamy interlude
  • 1 cup milk – the liquid binding agent
  • ½ cup green onions, chopped – the herbal serenade
  • Salt and pepper to taste – the elemental seasoning

For the Topping Symphony:

  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded – the golden crescendo
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted – the luscious drizzle
  • 1 cup cornflakes, crushed – the crunchy overture


Act I – Casserole Prelude:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), setting the stage for our culinary symphony.
  2. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish, providing the canvas for our casserole masterpiece.

Act II – Egg Ensemble:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, crack the eggs, whisking them into a smooth ensemble.
  2. Add frozen hash browns, blending them with the eggs to create an earthy base.
  3. Incorporate shredded cheddar cheese, ham, cottage cheese, and chopped green onions, allowing each ingredient to sing in harmony.
  4. Pour in milk, letting it bind the ensemble into a creamy crescendo.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, adding elemental notes that elevate the flavor profile.

Act III – Baking Ballet:

  1. Transfer the casserole ensemble into the prepared baking dish, spreading it evenly.

Act IV – Topping Overture:

  1. Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over the top, creating a golden overture that will melt into perfection.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine melted butter and crushed cornflakes, forming a crunchy symphony.

Act V – Baking Crescendo:

  1. Sprinkle the buttered cornflake mixture over the cheese-topped casserole, adding a textural crescendo.
  2. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until the casserole is set and the top is golden brown.

Cook Notes:

  • Allow the casserole to rest for a few minutes before slicing, ensuring a clean cut.
  • Experiment with different cheeses for the topping, such as Monterey Jack or Swiss, to add a nuanced dimension.


Vegetarian Verse:

  • Omit the ham and add sautéed mushrooms or spinach for a vegetarian rendition.

Bacon Ballad:

  • Substitute ham with crispy bacon, infusing a smoky, savory note into the casserole.

Keto Version:

Keto Cauliflower Cadence:

  • Replace hash browns with cauliflower rice for a low-carb, keto-friendly adaptation.

Keto Cheese Flourish:

  • Increase the amount of cheese in the casserole to enhance the richness without adding carbs.

Low Carb Version:

Zucchini Zephyr:

  • Swap hash browns for shredded zucchini, reducing the carb content while maintaining texture.

Almond Flour Aria:

  • Experiment with almond flour as a thickening agent, creating a lower-carb alternative to traditional casserole.

In the final notes of our Farmer’s Casserole, taste the culmination of textures and flavors—a symphony of eggs, hash browns, ham, and cheese, crowned with a crunchy cornflake topping. This dish embodies the essence of comfort, evoking memories of shared meals around the farmhouse table. Whether you savor the classic version or venture into the keto and low-carb renditions, each bite is a chord in the culinary harmony of home. Let the Farmer’s Casserole be a staple on your table, a melody that resonates with the simplicity and richness of farm-fresh goodness. Here’s to the warmth of the hearth, the comfort of tradition, and the joy found in a dish that echoes the heart of the harvest.