Hashbrown Casserole is our favorite casserole ever! It is super creamy, cheesy, and a very delicious side dish. All it takes is 5 minutes to put together with frozen hashbrowns! Also, watch the recipe video attached below for an easy step by step tutorial.
Easy Hashbrown Casserole Recipe
Hashbrown casserole can be eaten for breakfast, as a snack or as a hearty side dish. It is versatile as you can pair with almost anything making it an all-time favorite side dish! We enjoy to make it quite often, because it feeds a larger crowd, and can be easily stored for days to come.
You may have eaten this dish at Cracker Barrel, as this is the restaurant’s best-seller dish. However, for those that did not have a chance to try it before, do not get disappointed. This is the perfect time to try to make it at home. Not only is this recipe easy, but making it at home is healthier, and also budget-friendly.
There are many recipes out there for this cheesy casserole but this is the one I’ve found to be the closest! This hashbrown casserole is made with condensed cream of chicken soup. Whether you are looking for the perfect breakfast to start the day, or a creamy side dish for holidays, or Easter, this is the one!
How to prepare the hashbrowns for this casserole?
If you are going to use frozen hash browns, then, it is best to thaw them out in the refrigerator. Drain any moisture before using in this recipe as frozen and moist potatoes will need prolonged baking. Also, you can make your own at home, using my easy recipe.
How to make hashbrown casserole?
For a quick step by step guidelines, please watch the recipe video attached. Also, see the recipe card below for exact ingredient measures. But the general steps are as follows:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and grease the 9×13 baking pan while you prepare the other ingredients. In a bowl, combine cream and flour until smooth. In a separate bowl, mix well the sour cream, cream cheese, melted butter, and the seasonings: salt, pepper, onion, garlic, and paprika.
- Mix in the hash browns and the cream mixture prepared earlier. Then, pour the whole thing and distribute it evenly across the baking pan. Top with grated cheddar and a mixture of melted butter and crushed cornflakes.
- Cover the whole thing with foil, then, pop it in the oven for an hour. After about 50 minutes of baking, remove the foil, and put it back in the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes. This way you will get a perfectly golden brown, and crunchy topping. Serve the casserole hot and garnish it with some chopped parsley.
Generally, we like to keep it close to the original Cracker Barrel version, so we top it with cheese. However, we also like a nice crunchy topping, so we add some cornflakes. Simply, crush 2 cups of cornflakes and toss with 1/4 cup of melted butter. Then, sprinkle over the casserole before baking.
Also, feel free to add crumbled bacon, ham, or even leftover chicken or turkey will work. Go with what you like the most, as this dish is very versatile!
How to make a cheesy hashbrown casserole?
To make your extra cheesy, simply add in more cheese of your choice. We love using freshly grated cheese, such as parmesan or mozzarella, but any type will perfectly work here. Who doesn’t love cheese anyway?!
How to make Cracker Barrel hashbrown casserole?
A lot of attempts have been made to copy the famous Cracker Barrel hashbrown casserole. This recipe is pretty close to it. However, if you want to mimic the exact Cracker Barrel recipe, then substitute the cream mixture with cream of chicken soup or cream of cheddar.
What is in Cracker Barrel hashbrown casserole?
It is a top-secret! But you can almost copy the taste by using the condensed cream of chicken soup that can be bought at the local stores. You can also make a homemade version by combining milk, flour, and chicken broth along with some seasonings.
How many calories are in this casserole?
There are about 190 calories in a serving of this Southern favorite.
How long is hashbrown casserole good for after being cooked?
Cooked potato dishes must be kept in the refrigerator within two hours of being exposed. In the fridge, hashbrown casserole can stay good for about 3 to 5 days as long as it has been cooked and properly stored.
How to store hashbrown casserole?
You can freeze this casserole in airtight containers and just reheat when you need to. Let it cool completely before freezing or putting it in the refrigerator. It is also ideal to transfer this to smaller individual containers so that you can thaw only the amount that you will be eating and not the whole dish.
How to freeze it?
You can freeze the leftovers or the uncooked casserole before baking it in the oven.
If you intend to bake it first before storing it, then, you can bake it halfway first. Then, remove it from the oven to cool completely. This way, when you will cook it again, you will not overcook it.
If you wish to keep it for a long time, then, covering the dish with aluminum foil or freezer wrap will protect it from freezer burn. It can stay in the freezer for three months. Thaw it out completely when you are about to cook it again.
More potato dishes you will love:
- Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes
- Perfectly Creamy Mashed Potatoes
- Potatoe Gratin
- Creamy Scalloped Potatoes
- Potato Salad
- We use a bag of frozen hashbrowns that thaw prior to cooking. You can also use freshly shredded potatoes, or follow this easy recipe to make your own hashbrowns.
- This dish can be altered by incorporating other vegetables like peas and broccoli. Also, for enhanced flavor, add some bacon or ham to it.
- Enjoy this dish as is, or served it with ham or beef recipes.
- Any cheese will work great here. However, for a deeper flavor, we prefer to go with cheddar. You can also use Colby cheese instead of cheddar. It is a bit sweeter with less tang.
- Use a glass casserole dish when freezing it. The glass can withstand the lower temperature, and when reheating, you will no longer need to transfer everything to another container.
- Top it with a sprinkling of parsley for added color and flavor.
Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hr 15 mins