Easy Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe

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Make ahead a cheesy hash brown casserole recipe, filled with shredded potatoes and topped with Corn Flakes. Quick and easy side dish perfect for a crowd!

Back in the day, I remember many a church potluck where someone would bring the most flavorful hash brown potato casserole ever. It was always one of my favorite things about potlucks!

large spoonful of cheesy hash brown casserole recipe above blue baking dish

Thumbing through my family cookbook, I realized my aunt added in her recipe for hash brown casserole. And let me tell you, this casserole brings back so many delicious memories.

Now some might call this funeral potatoes. My aunt calls it sour cream potatoes. I’m just calling it like it is… a cheesy hashbrown casserole.

And my goodness, how cheesy delicious it is. And easy to make too, kinda like my favorite mashed potato bar!

WHERE CAN I FIND THE ACTUAL RECIPE CARD?

If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

WHAT IS HASH BROWN CASSEROLE?

Hash brown casserole is a potato dish that’s very cheesy and has delicious flavor, thanks in part to the sour cream. But it also has a mix of ingredients like soup, onion, and butter that give it tremendous flavor, as well.

It’s a side dish served at church potlucks, family get togethers, holiday dinners, and funerals too, hence the name funeral potatoes.

Cracker Barrel even serves a delicious hash brown casserole on their menu.

hash brown potato casserole topped with crunchy Corn Flakes and baked in a blue baking dish

INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED:

  • Frozen hash browns, thawed
  • Salted butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Yellow onion
  • Sour cream
  • Sharp cheddar cheese – I actually prefer to use extra sharp cheddar cheese for added flavor (and it’s usually what I have onhand).
  • Corn Flakes

Keep in mind, all of the ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.

KITCHEN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT YOU’LL NEED:

Large Mixing Bowl

Cutting Board and Knife (or Vegetable Chopper)

13×9 Baking Dish

Smaller Mixing Bowl

HOW TO MAKE CHEESY HASH BROWN CASSEROLE

steps for how to make cheesy hashbrown casserole by mixing ingredients in dish, spreading into baking dish, and topping with slightly crushed Corn Flakes

Then just bake everything according to the instructions in the recipe card below.

And that’s it! When it’s done, it’s ready to serve while warm.

SHOULD I THAW FROZEN HASH BROWNS BEFOREHAND?

Yes, you’ll definitely need to thaw the hash browns before assembling the casserole.

Just follow the instructions on the packaging, and allow ample time for thawing.

HANDY TIP: HOW TO CRUSH CORN FLAKES

To quickly crush the Corn Flakes, just put them in a quart sized plastic bag, and seal the bag, making sure there’s no air left in it.

Then just crush the cereal with your hands, or with a rolling pin.

For this recipe, they just need to be slightly crushed, so no need to spend a lot of time on this.

scoop of hash brown casserole in large spoon over blue baking dish

IS HASH BROWN POTATO CASSEROLE GLUTEN-FREE?

Sadly, regular cream of chicken soup is NOT gluten-free. And you may want to watch which hash browns you use too, because some have a coating that makes them not gluten-free, as well.

BUT there is hope for all of us gluten-free peeps.

There are gluten-free hash browns; just read the labels on the packaging before purchasing. AND there are options for gluten-free cream of chicken soup, as well.

So, you can make this a gluten-free hash brown casserole if needed.

serving of hash brown casserole with Corn Flakes on white plate with fork

WHAT GOES WITH HASH BROWN CASSEROLE?

Potato casserole with Corn Flakes pairs well with the following side dishes:

CAN HASH BROWN CASSEROLE BE MADE AHEAD?

Yes, you can make this casserole the night before, the day before, etc.

You can even freeze hash brown casserole. Just be sure to store it in an airtight container so it doesn’t get freezer burn.

funeral potatoes in blue baking dish with large serving spoon

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Yield: 12

Easy Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe

Easy Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe

Make ahead a cheesy hash brown casserole recipe, filled with shredded potatoes and topped with Corn Flakes. Quick and easy side dish perfect for a crowd!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

Corn Flake Topping:

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350° F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the hash browns, melted butter, salt, pepper, minced onion, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, and shredded cheese.*
  3. Spread the mixture in a greased 13×9 baking dish.
  4. In a smaller mixing bowl, mix together the slightly crushed Corn Flakes and melted butter.
  5. Sprinkle the Corn Flakes over the hash brown mixture in the baking dish.
  6. Bake uncovered at 350° F for about 1 hour.
  7. Serve while warm.*

Notes

*You'll need to thaw the hash browns before assembling the casserole. Just follow the instructions on the packaging for thawing, and allow time for this.

**I prefer to use extra sharp cheddar for added flavor, but sharp is fine, as well.

***To quickly crush the Corn Flakes, just put them in a quart sized plastic bag, and seal the bag, making sure there’s no air left in it. Then just crush the cereal with your hands, or with a rolling pin.

2. You can make this a gluten-free hash brown casserole by using gluten-free hash browns (watch the packaging) and a gluten-free cream of chicken soup.

7. You can make ahead and freeze hash brown casserole. Just be sure to store it in an airtight container so it doesn’t get freezer burn.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 525 Total Fat: 41g Saturated Fat: 19g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 17g Cholesterol: 91mg Sodium: 741mg Carbohydrates: 29g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 3g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 13g