Sour Cream and Cheese Hash Brown Casserole

Hash Brown Casserole

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 6 to 9 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
491 Calories
37g Fat
33g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 9
Amount per serving
Calories 491
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 48%
Saturated Fat 15g 73%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 324mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Protein 8g
Calcium 134mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Casserole and hash browns both stand for comfort food, and this dish combines the two. It is a wonderful addition to lunch, holiday or weekend brunch, hearty breakfast, or weeknight dinner. With only six ingredients, it's an easy, straightforward recipe. The casserole requires very little preparation with ready-made convenience foods such as frozen shredded hash browns and canned condensed cream of chicken soup. If you are pressed for time, you have the option to use instant minced onion instead of chopped onion.

Not counting the thawing of the frozen hash browns, it takes a mere 10 minutes to assemble all the ingredients and pop the casserole in the preheated oven. Baking the casserole uncovered is important to obtain a nice crunchy top.

This simple recipe is a good base for flavor variations and more elaborate dishes. Instead of cream of chicken soup, use cream of celery or cream of mushroom soup. For a richer casserole, add bacon bits, cubed ham, ground beef, chopped leftover turkey from your Thanksgiving bird, or sunny-side up eggs on top.

If you are a parent looking to find ways to feed your children their daily servings of vegetables, you can add fresh or frozen vegetables such as frozen peas or broccoli florets into the casserole. Mixing veggies into the casserole is a great way to make children less reluctant to eat them plain.

For some extra texture, you can add a buttered breadcrumb topping. If you'd like the topping extra crunchy, top it with crushed cornflakes mixed with melted butter. For an extra layer of salty tang, top it with some grated Parmesan or pecorino. You can even make a vegan variation by swapping the dairy and eggs with vegan ingredients. The possibilities for this casserole are virtually endless. For ideas, see the box below the recipe instructions.

Since you are already using the oven to bake the casserole, try to make a whole dinner without turning on your stove. You can bake dishes that require the same oven temperature, such as the basic baked chicken breasts, alongside the casserole in the oven. Or you can bake the casserole first, keep it warm, and then increase the oven temperature to make roasted chicken thighs and some roasted cauliflower. Just before serving, pop the casserole back in the oven to serve it hot.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter or margarine, melted, plus more for the baking dish
  • 1 (30-ounce) package frozen shredded hash browns, thawed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 tablespoon instant minced onion, or about 1/4 cup of a finely chopped onion
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, or Colby cheese, shredded

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Butter a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan.

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  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the thawed hash browns with the melted butter.

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  4. Add the sour cream, condensed soup, onion, and cheese to the potatoes. Mix well until all of the ingredients are well combined.

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  5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking pan.

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  6. Bake uncovered in the preheated oven for 1 hour.

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  7. Serve hot and enjoy.

Additions to Your Casserole

Here are some ideas for change-ups for our hashbrown casserole recipe:

  • Breadcrumb Topping: Toss 1 cup of fine soft breadcrumbs with 2 tablespoons of melted butter, 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley, 1 minced clove of garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the mixture over the hash brown potato casserole and bake as directed.
  • Cereal Crunch: Toss 1/2 cup of crushed cornflakes with 1 tablespoon of melted butter, and salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle over the potatoes and bake as directed.
  • Creamy Switch: Use cream of celery or cream of mushroom soup in place of the cream of chicken.
  • Cheesy Alternative: Use equal parts of American and cheddar cheeses or a cheddar jack blend.
  • Vegan Friendly: Use vegan margarine instead of butter. Replace the sour cream with vegan cream cheese, and use a vegan creamy soup (mushroom or celery) to replace the can of cream of chicken soup. If the mixture seems too soupy, add more potatoes. Sprinkle with vegan shredded cheese and bake as directed.
  • Veggie: Add 1/2 cup of thawed frozen peas, 1/2 cup of thawed broccoli florets, and 2 cups of chopped fresh spinach. Mix well, pour in the baking dish, and bake as directed.
  • Eggy Protein: Add 4 large eggs to the mixture but use only half of the canned soup. Use 1/2 pound of cubed ham, crunchy bacon bits, or any deli meat of your liking, and mix well before pouring the mixture into the baking dish and baking as directed. Grate Parmesan on top.