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

Jason took me to Cracker Barrel on our way back from a road trip one year.

I ate at a Cracker Barrel in my college town with my family for 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 (gasp!).

Jason was determined to change my mind about this and he raved about their cheesy hashbrowns.

Reluctantly, I agreed to go to Cracker Barrel for dinner because I was starving and there was nothing around for miles.

Ummm yeah…the cheesy hashbrowns are legit and I had to recreate it with this cheesy hashbrown casserole.

I mean, I’m sure it’s not the greatest for you but oh man, I wanted more after I ate my portion!

It’s a copycat from Cracker Barrel and it’s pretty darn close!

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

The perfect casserole to feed a large crowd

This cheesy hashbrown casserole recipe is one of the most popular recipes during the holiday season.

I can see why because it makes a lot and it feed a crowd.

It’s the perfect breakfast to feed a large crowd.

Absolutely delicious and the perfect side dish to any brunch!

Can you prepare this the night before?

Yes! This is a great recipe to prep ahead of time.

Keep it wrapped up in the fridge then bring it to room temperature the morning of before you pop it in the oven.

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

Can you use tater tots instead of hashbrowns?

I haven’t tried it that way but it would work similarly, honestly.

Just mix everything together!

Can you freeze this for later?

Yes.

Can you add sausage to this?

Yes! I’d personally use fresh breakfast sausage and break it up into small pieces and mix in.

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

Can you use fresh shredded potatoes?

Yes! They’d work the same way as the frozen potatoes.

Do I have to use cream of mushroom?

You can use cream of anything, really. Cream of chicken, cream of celery, etc.

If you aren’t a fan of the canned stuff, you can make your own (google homemade cream of mushroom soup).

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

Why should I use kosher salt instead of table salt?

It will be entirely too salty if you use table salt.

Salt density is different in table salt and kosher salt.

Here is a great blog post on the difference and what you should be using when you cook.

Can you make this in the slow cooker?

I haven’t done it that way before so I can’t give specific instructions

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

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

This cheesy hashbrown casserole is a simple and delicious side dish addition to your family brunch or large gathering!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 8 -10
Calories: 385kcal
Author: Julie Chiou

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 onion, finely chopped (white or yellow onion works)
  • 1: 10.5 ounce can of cream of chicken condensed soup
  • 16 ounces freshly grated Colby Jack cheese
  • 1 pound frozen shredded hash browns, thawed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Spray a 3 quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • In a very large bowl, stir together butter, salt, pepper, onion, cream of chicken soup, and cheese. Gently toss the hashbrowns in the mixture until it's all coated with the mixture.
  • Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and cooked through.
  • To get a nice crust on top, place the casserole under a broiler for 5 minutes - watch it carefully!!

Notes

You can easily prep this the night before, cover, and keep in the refrigerator overnight for the next morning!
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 13g26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Francene

Monday 3rd of August 2020

I just made this tonight and some things seemed off. I followed the recipe exactly as written. It was very oily and soupy and way too much pepper. Were any of the measurements noted incorrectly?

Julie Wampler

Saturday 8th of August 2020

they were correct but this is a pretty oily/greasy dish because of the cheese and canned ingredients!

Matt

Saturday 18th of July 2020

Great recipe. I added a tablespoon of garlic powder.

Jay

Thursday 9th of July 2020

Another website that ISN`T FOR TWO! like it says when you Google it. Don`t list something for two when it`s not just for two! And the website is so full of other stuff that it's not worthwhile trying to find what I originally went there for. Stop trying to be everthing to eveybody.

Julie Wampler

Friday 10th of July 2020

i'm sorry this is not what you are looking for! your assumptions on 'table for two' = 2 servings shouldn't have been assumed. table for two = a table FOR two and a table FOR two can have more than two servings! the blog was originally created based on that foundation..not as a 'only for two servings' site.

Naidy Padilla

Tuesday 7th of January 2020

I love this recipe but i will cook the onions before putting them in the mixture because i had a lot of complaints that the onions where not cooked.

Lori

Thursday 25th of January 2018

Thank you