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Cheesy Hashbrown Potato Casserole

Creamy, easy, cheesy hashbrown potato casserole with sour cream that’s so versatile it can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

White casserole dish missing a scoop of Cheesy Hashbrown Potato Casserole

Cheesy Hashbrown Potato Casserole

This cheesy hashbrown potato casserole is absolutely amazing for three main reasons:

  1. They taste SO GOOD!
  2. They are incredibly versatile.
  3. They are ridiculously easy to make.

Taste is always my favorite part about cooking and these potatoes do not disappoint.

Soo creamy and soo cheesy. There’s also a little bit of tang from the sour cream and onions to balance the richness.

They literally melt in your mouth. These are what I call the “macaroni and cheese” of potatoes!

Red bowl with ingredients for Cheesy Hashbrown Potato Casserole: diced potatoes, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, cheese, onion, butter

Plus, they go with nearly every meal. For Thanksgiving we had them as a side dish. For Christmas I served them with our breakfast buffet.

And they’re 10 times easier than making scalloped potatoes for Easter ham dinner!

You can also turn them into whole meal! Try my Smoked Sausage Potato Casserole so you can get your protein.

This is such a great potluck recipe when you need to bring a dish to pass.

Not to mention they simply couldn’t be easier to make. The hardest part is remembering to thaw out the frozen hash browns.

Cheesy Hashbrown Potato Casserole being spread in a white casserole dish with a wooden spoon

I’ve made them with frozen potatoes before – it can be done! – but it comes out kind of watery and oily.

I’ve never tried with fresh potatoes so I’d recommend this Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole instead (tastes like the inside of twice baked potatoes!).

Did you know this casserole goes by many different names? I’m not sure who invented the original, but this recipe is based on Cracker Barrel’s hash brown casserole.

It also goes by the name Funeral Potatoes since it’s such a popular potluck dish and always shows up at receptions.

Cheesy hash browns, cheesy potato casserole, hash brown casserole…the names are endless!

Small white plate with a serving of Cheesy Hashbrown Potato Casserole

Do you thaw hash browns for casserole?

Yes, the hash browns should be thawed. If I’m making this casserole for breakfast I take them out the night before and let them thaw in the refrigerator.

The main ingredient is, of course, potatoes. You can use shredded hash brown OR southern style hash browns (cubed potatoes).

Personally I like the meatier diced hash browns, but shredded ones will give you a creamier texture.

You will also need a can of “cream” soup. I prefer cream of chicken, but other options include cream of mushroom, cream of potato or condensed cheese soup.

The last three choices are also vegetarian which is convenient if taking this dish to an event.

White casserole dish with Cheesy Hashbrown Potato Casserole fresh from the oven

How do you make cheesy hash brown casserole in the oven?

Combine the potatoes, condensed soup, sour cream, onion, cheddar cheese and half a stick of melted butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper and bake for 45 minutes or until bubbly and golden!

To top or not to top?

If you want Cracker Barrel hashbrown potato casserole then no topping is necessary.

However, a lot of the ladies from church potluck like to add a crunchy topping made with 2 cups crushed corn flakes and ¼ cup melted butter.

It’s up to you if you want that textural component or keep them strictly creamy. Either way they’re delicious!

This cheesy hashbrown potato casserole was originally post on Food Fanatic. You can check out more cheesy recipes there!

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Catte

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

I diced fresh red potatoes (4 cups) and added a can of chicken (shredded) about 1-1/2 cups of sour cream, 1/2 an onion & 2 cups of cheddar jack cheese. I eye-balled my seasoning (s&p, garlic & onion powder), also I used 1 can of cream of potato. The raw potatoes cooked just right at 350* for 45min. Sprinkled more cheddar jack on top & baked another 10 min. It turned out great!!! Paired with green beans & carrots.

Rebekah

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

Thank you! So good to know it can be done with fresh potatoes too!

Nicole Mitidieri

Monday 13th of April 2020

These take wayyyyyy longer than 45 minutes.

Rebekah

Monday 13th of April 2020

Curious how long it took for you?

Cate

Wednesday 21st of August 2019

Can I make this up and freeze it until I need it?

Rebekah

Saturday 24th of August 2019

I've never tried freezing it...I'm afraid it would be too watery when thawed, but if you try please let us know the results.

Kathy

Sunday 11th of August 2019

Made this with cream of mushroom soup and it was well received; next time I'm going to try using cottage cheese instead of sour cream. My husband grow up with his grandma making homemade cottage cheese and uses it in everything.

Rebekah

Monday 12th of August 2019

Ooh that sounds amazing!

Val

Sunday 14th of July 2019

Omit butter, makes it too greasy😉

Rebekah

Sunday 14th of July 2019

I do that sometimes, or cut it in half! But the original recipe calls for it ;-)