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This Hashbrown Casserole Recipe is a cheesy potato side dish that comes together easily! Delicious for breakfast or a side dish!
I have to admit I’m in love with this cheesy Hashbrown Casserole. I mean, what’s not to love?! Cheesy deliciousness, hashbrowns, and this creamy sauce make for one perfect dish. Think loaded baked potatoes meets creamy, crunchy hashbrown potatoes! It comes together so quickly and is super easy to make.
It makes the perfect easy side dish for serving for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and Sunday suppers and a delicious breakfast casserole for brunch, too!
Hashbrown Casserole Recipe
While we always serve our family favorite mashed potatoes at holidays, we also serve this right alongside it. I love to see that (like me), most people get a little bit of both! It works perfectly as a side dish with chicken, beef, turkey and ham! It is also so yummy alongside our green bean casserole, Mac and cheese, cornbread dressing, and deviled eggs!
Many of you have eaten a version of this at some point. If not at a family meal or pot luck, maybe at a restaurant like Cracker Barrel and the famous Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole. It is definitely a timeless classic that everybody loves and this is as close of a copycat recipe that I think you’ll love.
I love that this hashbrown casserole recipe comes together with less than 10 ingredients, can be mixed together and stored in the refrigerator ahead of time to make entertaining even easier, and is always a crowd favorite! Talk about easy comfort food!
How to Make Hashbrown Casserole
To make this recipe, you’ll need a few simple ingredients:
- Frozen Diced or Shredded Potatoes – You can use either diced potatoes or frozen shredded Hashbrown potatoes.
- Cheddar Cheese – I love to shred the cheese directly from the block since some shredded cheeses are coated with ingredients to prevent them from sticking.
- Cream of Chicken Soup – I love to use my easy homemade recipe, but you can use store-bought if you prefer. You can also substitute with cream of mushroom soup, if you prefer it as well.
- Sour Cream – it adds so much flavor and creaminess to this casserole.
- Butter – melted butter is mixed into this casserole.
- Green Onions – it adds color, crunch and flavor to the casserole. You can omit if you prefer. If you omit the onions, I love to add a few tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley for color.
- Stone House Seasoning – my favorite house seasoning that I use in so many dishes. If you don’t have it already on hand, I highly recommend it. You can also use 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, ½ teaspoon of black pepper, and ½ teaspoon of garlic powder.
Step by Step Instructions
Mix. Add all of the ingredients, saving a little bit of cheese to sprinkle on top during baking, to a large bowl and stir it well until all of the ingredients are combined. Then, I spread it into a 9×13 baking dish and refrigerate up to 3 days before baking.
Bake. Then, when I’m ready to bake, I preheat the oven and bake it until the potatoes are fork tender, about 30 minutes and add the remaining cheese.
Serve. Once the cheese melts, this deliciousness is ready for serving!
Can You Make Hashbrown Casserole Ahead of Time?
Yes! This is perfect for serving at holiday gatherings or weekend brunch because it’s so easy to make ahead! Simply prepare it without baking it, cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days. When ready to serve, bake as directed, serve and enjoy.
Can You Freeze Hashbrown Casserole?
You can freeze this for later too! Just prepare the potato casserole without baking, store in an airtight, freezer-safe container and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then bake as directed and serve.
Can You Make this as Funeral Potatoes?
Absolutely! This recipe is very similar to the recipe for funeral potatoes, which you may know got its name since it is regularly served at many funeral luncheons. To turn this easy hash brown casserole into funeral potatoes, you simply add a topping! I’ve listed a few topping options below.
- Corn Flakes – many people use buttered corn flakes as the topping.
- Ritz Crackers – when I make it, I prefer to use Ritz Crackers for the topping like I do for my squash casserole.
- Panko – you can also use Panko crumbs for the crispy topping.
For the topping, you’ll need 2-3 cups of your choice of corn flakes, crackers or Panko along with ½ cup melted butter. Stir these together until well coated and then spread onto the top of the casserole and bake as directed!
Can You Make This As a Main Dish?
Yes! To make this recipe as a main dish, you may want to add a protein – like cooked ground beef. Simply add 1 pound of browned ground beef and mix with the other ingredients until well blended. Pour into the casserole dish and bake as directed.
What Else Can You Add to this Recipe to Make it a Hearty Breakfast Casserole?
We love it as is for a side dish for a large brunch at the holidays. But, you can also add cooked and drained breakfast sausage to this dish to take it to a hearty main dish.
Here’s my Hashbrown Casserole Recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!
Hashbrown Casserole Recipe
- 2 – 3 cups Corn Flakes, Ritz Crackers or Panko
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- Preheat the oven to 400º F. Lightly butter a 9×13 baking dish or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Stir together the diced potatoes, half of the cheddar cheese, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, melted butter, onion, salt, pepper, and garlic in a large mixing bowl. Spread into the prepared baking dish.
- Bake until the potatoes are fork tender, about 30 minutes and then top the hashbrown casserole with the remaining cheddar cheese. Return the hashbrown casserole to the oven until the cheese has melted.
- Serve warm.
For the Optional Topping:
- Stir together the the Corn Flakes, Ritz Cracker, or Panko with the melted butter until well coated. Spread on top of the casserole and bake as directed.
Prepare hashbrown casserole without baking, cover tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To serve, bake as directed and serve. Freezer Friendly:
Prepare hashbrown casserole without baking, store in an airtight, freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then bake as directed and serve.