I love Cracker Barrel but the truth is… I only show up for the hashbrown casserole. That’s it. Just the hashbrowns people.
My friend shared her version of that yummy, oh so creamy and cheesy easy Hashbrown Casserole with me and WOW! Tender shredded hash browns in a rich and creamy cheese sauce, topped with more cheese and baked until hot and bubbly!
This is a perfect breakfast casserole for any holiday morning or just when you’re getting the family together for a delicious breakfast or brunch.
Part of me needs to forget that this recipe exists. It is way too easy, delicious, addicting, versatile, and basically the best comfort food that exists.
Not only can you make it ahead of time, but if you happen to have leftovers, (we never do), you can freeze them!
Read on, I have everything you need to know about making this recipe. From customization options, tips on obtaining the perfect consistency, how to make it ahead of time, storing, reheating, and more!
·32oz.frozen hash browns, thawed*
· ½cupbutter, melted
· 10.5oz.cream of chicken soup, (cream of cheddar works too)
· 16oz.sour cream
· 1small onion, finely diced
· 2cupscheddar cheese, grated
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Ensure that your hash browns have thawed. (Otherwise they take a very long time to bake.) You can defrost them in the microwave to speed up this process.
Pat them dry of excess water.
Set ½ cup of cheddar cheese aside.
Combine all remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
Place it in a greased 9×13 casserole dish and top with remaining cheese.
Bake for 35 minutes, uncovered.
Increase heat to 375 and bake for an additional 10 minutes, until the top begins to crisp and brown slightly.
Remove from the oven, let it sit for 10 minutes, and serve!
Do You Have to Thaw the Hash Browns?
I have made this before without thawing the hash browns, (oops). -Take it from me, thaw them out.
Frozen hash browns take twice the amount of time to bake, and the consistency is much better if the hash browns are thawed and patted dry.
3 Ways to Thaw Them:
·Place the package in the refrigerator overnight.
·Defrost them in the microwave.
·Let them sit at room temperature in a large bowl for about 45 minutes.