Hash Brown Casserole with Corn Flakes

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Learn how to make hash brown casserole with Corn Flakes, filled with cheesy shredded potatoes and a crispy topping. This quick and easy side dish recipe is perfect for breakfast, family dinner, or a holiday spread. Feed a crowd and watch them go back for seconds!

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

Thumbing through my family cookbook, I realized my aunt added her recipe for cheesy hashbrown 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.

What You'll Love about This Side Dish

cheesy hash brown potato casserole with Corn Flakes baked in a blue baking dish

What Is Hash Brown Casserole Made Of?

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 this delicious casserole on their menu.

Ingredients and Substitutions Notes:

  • Frozen Hash Browns – Be sure to thaw them beforehand; just follow the instructions on the packaging, and allow ample time for thawing. You can use shredded or cubed hash browns, but I highly recommend shredded for the texture they give the casserole.
  • Salted Butter
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Minced Garlic – You can either mince up garlic cloves or use already minced garlic found in most produce sections.
  • Cream of Chicken Soup – You can also use cream of mushroom if you prefer, but it will change the flavor just a bit.
  • Yellow Onion – While we prefer to use yellow onion for its less sweet flavor and to give a little kick to every bite, you can also use a sweet onion.
  • Sour Cream – I recommend whole sour cream rather than low fat.
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese – I actually prefer to use extra sharp cheddar cheese for added flavor (and it's usually what I have on hand).
  • Corn Flakes

How to Make Hash Brown Casserole with Corn Flakes

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the hash browns, melted butter, salt, pepper, minced onion, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, and shredded cheese.
  2. Spread the mixture in a greased 13×9 baking dish.
  3. In a smaller mixing bowl, mix together the slightly crushed Corn Flakes and melted butter.
  4. Sprinkle the Corn Flakes over the hash brown mixture in the baking dish.
steps for how to make cheesy hashbrown casserole by mixing ingredients in dish, spreading into baking dish, and topping with slightly crushed Corn Flakes
  1. Bake uncovered at 350° F for about 1 hour.

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

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

Expert Tips and Recipe FAQ's

How do you 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.

How do you make this a gluten-free hash brown casserole?

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.

How do you store this casserole and 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.

Why is my hash brown casserole watery?

The answer is that you likely didn't thaw the hash browns beforehand. This is why it's so important to allow adequate time for thawing before mixing and baking.

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

What Goes with Corn Flake Casserole?

Potato casserole with Corn Flakes pairs well with these delicious side dish recipes:

funeral potatoes in blue baking dish with large serving spoon

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large spoonful of cheesy hash brown casserole with Corn Flakes above blue baking dish

Hash Brown Casserole with Corn Flakes

How to make hash brown casserole with Corn Flakes, filled with cheesy shredded potatoes and a crispy topping. Quick and easy side dish recipe.
4.68 from 56 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 525kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

  • 30 ounces frozen hash browns thawed
  • 1/2 cup salted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion minced
  • 10.5 ounces cream of chicken soup
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese

Corn Flake Topping:

  • 2 cups Corn Flakes slightly crushed
  • 1/4 cup salted butter melted

Instructions

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

Notes

*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.
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.
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

Serving: 1g | Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 741mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g
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33 thoughts on “Hash Brown Casserole with Corn Flakes”

  1. 5 stars
    I have been making this recipe for years, it is one of my favorite potato sides. For myself I prefer a milder cheese like Colby or mild Cheddar. I also prefer to omit the cornflake topping, I add some extra cheese the last few minutes of baking for some extra cheesy goodness. I cannot have garlic as it conflicts with a medication so the onions are plenty to add flavor. I just happened upon your delightful recipes today and will be following up on your adventures. I love collecting a variety of vintage items as well. As for books, they are as necessary to me as food, water and the air I breathe. Books feed the mind as well as the heart and soul.

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    • That sounds delicious, Cheryl! The great thing about this recipe is that it is so versatile….It’s not at all hard to change out a few ingredients to fit your preference. I love just about anything vintage.

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  2. I used to make this when my son was just two or three years old now he’s 40 and I’ve been looking for this and I really don’t think the one at Cracker Barrel holds up to it. Thank you so much.! it is the best!
    Jaime

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