Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

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Cheesy hashbrown casserole takes minutes to put together and is the perfect casserole to feed a crowd! This simple casserole is made with the most accessible ingredient list and everyone will be going back for seconds!

cheesy hashbrown casserole baked with browned cheese on top

I ate at a Cracker Barrel in my college town with my family after graduation years ago and I don’t really remember what I had but I wasn’t exactly thrilled with it so I never really wanted to go back to Cracker Barrel again. When my friend heard about this, he was determined to change my mind as he said I probably ordered the wrong thing and I had to order the cheesy hashbrown casserole.

Okay, okay — the cheesy hashbrowns are SO good. They’re creamy, cheesy, and rich and just everything I’d want as a side to a hearty breakfast. This copycat Cracker Barrel cheesy hashbrown casserole is nearly identical to the restaurant’s and it makes a bunch! It’s most popular during the holiday season since it is the perfect breakfast side dish to feed a large crowd and you can prep it ahead of time.

a wooden spoon scoops out cheesy hashbrown casserole from the baking dish

Variations

  • Add breakfast sausage. Bulk this up by cooking fresh breakfast sausage and breaking it into smaller pieces and browning it first. Add it to the hashbrown casserole when you’re mixing it all together!
  • Use fresh potatoes. If you like shredding potatoes, feel free to use fresh instead of frozen.
  • Cream of… You can use whatever ‘cream of’ you have – cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, cream of celery. Try making your own as well if you aren’t a fan of the can!
cheesy hashbrowns plated with canadian bacon and orange slices

Serving Suggestions

Cheesy hashbrown casserole is the perfect side dish addition to your breakfast buffet for overnight guests! Serve this hashbrown casserole alongside blueberry pancakes, fruity pancakes, or breakfast sliders!

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Allow leftovers to cool completely before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To reheat, pop it in the microwave or back in the oven until warmed through.

Prepping Ahead

Mix everything in a bowl then pour mixture into a casserole dish the night before. Cover tightly with foil then put it in the refrigerator. When ready to bake, uncover and bring it to room temperature the morning of before you pop it in the oven OR place the casserole dish into the oven as it preheats so it slowly warms up the casserole dish so it doesn’t shatter from temperature fluctuations.

Freezing

This casserole is great for freezing! Prepare as is and after store in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. To reheat, warm through in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

a wooden spoon scoops out cheesy hashbrown casserole from the baking dish

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Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

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This cheesy hashbrown casserole is a simple and delicious side dish addition to your family brunch or large gathering!

Course Side DishCuisine AmericanKeyword breakfast potato casserole, cheesy hashbrown casserole, hashbrown casserole

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 40 minutes Total Time 45 minutes

Servings 8
Calories 385kcal
Author Julie Chiou

Equipment

  • Baking dish

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt some have noted it’s a bit salty so I would start with 1 teaspoon..also keep in mind KOSHER SALT [which is coarser], not table salt!
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 large white or yellow onion finely chopped
  • 10.5 ounce can of cream of chicken condensed soup
  • 16 ounces freshly grated Colby Jack cheese
  • 1 pound frozen shredded hash browns lightly thawed

US Customary – Metric

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 °F (191 °C)
  • Spray a oven-safe casserole or baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a very large bowl, stir together butter, salt, pepper, onion, cream of chicken soup, and cheese. cheese, cream of chicken, salt and pepper, and diced onions in a large bowl
  • Gently fold and mix the hashbrowns in the mixture until it’s all coated with the mixture.thawed shredded hashbrown potatoes mixed together with cheese and cream of chicken mixture in a large bowl
  • Pour the hashbrown mixture into your prepared casserole or baking dish in an even layer.unbaked cheesy hashbrown casserole mixture in a white casserole dish
  • Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and cooked through.cheesy hashbrown casserole baked with browned cheese on top
  • To get a nice crust on top, place the casserole under a broiler for 5 minutes – watch it carefully!!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 30g | Fiber: 2g

Photographs by Jess Gaertner Creative

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