(Improved) Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole with video

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

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.

If you are into making casseroles, you will also enjoy our other easy recipes such as Chicken Divan, Asparagus Casserole, and Corn Casserole.

Hashbrown Casserole

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.

Toppings

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!

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

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.

Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

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.

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Recipe Tips

  • 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.

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Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 9 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hr 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 lb  frozen hashbrowns  (thawed)
  • 1/2 cup  butter  (melted)
  • 8 oz  sour cream 
  • 8 oz  cream cheese  (room temperature)
  • 2 cup  shredded cheddar cheese 
  • 1  can  (10 1/2 oz cream of chicken soup, optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups  cream 
  • 1/4 cup  flour 
  • 1 teaspoon  kosher salt 
  • 1/4 tsp  black pepper 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  paprika 
  • 1/2  onion  (finely diced)
  • 4 cloves  garlic  (minced)

Topping:

  • 1 cup  cheddar cheese  (grated)
  • 1/4 cup  melted butter 
  • 2 cup  corn flakes  (crushed)

Garnish:

  •  Chopped parsley 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 13x9 baking dish and set aside.
  3. In a measuring cup combine cream and flour, whisk until smooth. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine sour cream, cream cheese, salt, pepper, onion, garlic, paprika and 1/2 cup of the melted butter. Mix until combined.
  5. Add the hash browns and the cream mixture, also the cream of chicken soup if using, stir to combine. Pour into the prepared 13x9 baking dish.

Topping:

  1. Sprinkle 1 cup of grated cheddar over the top.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup melted butter with crushed corn flakes. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole.

Bake:

  1. Cover dish with foil and bake for about 60 minutes.
  2. Remove foil and bake an additional 5-10 minutes until topping is golden and crunchy.
  3. Serve hot.
Calories: 606 Carbohydrates: 32 Protein: 16 Fat: 46 Saturated Fat: 24 Cholesterol: 119 Sodium: 874 Potassium: 490 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 2 Vitamin A: 1855 Vitamin C: 10.5 Calcium: 349 Iron: 3.2
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Alli Smith

Hashbrown casseroles are comfort food to the max. I made them a lot when my kids were growing up. I haven't made one in a while and I need to make your version. It looks delicious.

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Sarah Bailey

You had me at cheesy! This sounds absolutely incredible what a wonderful mix of ingredients. I definitely do need to whip this up for myself.

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Rena

My husband loves hashbrown casserole. I'm saving this as a surprise for him. It looks so cheesy.

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Theresa

My sister in law calls these "funeral potatoes" and my gosh they are my favorite dish every time we have a party. Thanks for the recipe because I never did get it from her.

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Tamara

I love Cracker Barrell Hash Brown Casserole. One of my favorite things and now you have given me the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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Jeanette

Oh my gosh does that look amazing. I am starving right now and I'm wishing I had this. I wonder if I can get somebody to deliver this for me LOL.

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Beth

I've never had hashbrown casserole. I was not expecting corn flakes, but I bet it is quite tasty!

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Cathy Mini

This recipe looks so tasty and easy to prepare. I will try to make some, yummy!

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sara lafountain

I made this hashbrown casserole for a brunch I catered yesterday. It was a huge hit with all of the teachers and it was really easy to put together.

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Lynndee

I prepared a tater tot casserole a few days ago, but I've not tried preparing a hashbrown casserole before. I can't wait to make it.

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Roch

Great food for breakfast! This will fuel you throughout the day with the amount of energy it provides. Yum!

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Agnes Dela Cruz

Anything about with cheese I am on it, I would love to try this recipe soon and see what my family thinks. I hope I can replicate it.

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Jhentea

Wow! Thanks for sharing this recipe. It looks easy to make! My husband will surely love this recipe. YUMMM!

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Amy H

This looks so good! I haven't tried Cracker Barrels Hashbrown Casserole.

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rika

I haven't been to Cracker Barrel for a very long time! This cheesy casserole is perfect for brunch!

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Heather

This looks like the perfect way to start the day! Can't wait to give it a try! 

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Bohemian Babushka

It’s mid nite and now Babushka wants breakfast. Particularly and especially THIS recipe.  Gracias for sharing, it looks DELICIOSO! 

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