Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

This Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole is one of my very favorite things to make and eat – especially at holidays! The mix of salty and sweet is amazing! Plus, it’s so easy to throw together.

Post updated 12/14/16.

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole - a classic sweet and salty combo! Perfect for dinner and especially for holidays!

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole - a classic sweet and salty combo! Perfect for dinner and especially for holidays!

I’ve been making this casserole for many years. I first time I had it was when a family friend brought it for Christmas. My mom got the recipe from her and we’ve been making it ever since!

The ingredients are fairly straight forward and readily available, so that’s a big plus. But really my favorite part about this casserole is the fact that it’s sweet and salty. The salty is obviously from the main part of the casserole itself. Cheese, potatoes, sour cream, butter, onion – what’s not to love?

The topping is where it’s at though. That’s where the sweet comes into play. The original recipe called for regular cornflakes crushed up and mixed with butter on top. I did that for a while, but my only problem with that was that after I used the 2 cups of crushed cornflakes that I needed, I still had quite a few cornflakes left over – and I don’t eat unsweetened cereal. Boring! So one day I decided to try Frosted Flakes. That way I could eat the leftover cereal. I have NEVER gone back and I never will. The sweet with the salty is the jam! The more topping, the better!

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole - a classic sweet and salty combo! Perfect for dinner and especially for holidays!Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole - a classic sweet and salty combo! Perfect for dinner and especially for holidays!

The other great thing about it recipe is that since it’s hash browns, it could totally be a side with a meal, or breakfast. Hello leftovers in the morning! Bring it!

I love making this for holidays – Thanksgiving, Christmas, East – you name it and it better be on my table! I’m a big fan and if you give it a try, I know you will be too!

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole - a classic sweet and salty combo! Perfect for dinner and especially for holidays!


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Recipe

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12-15 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole is one of my very favorite things to make and eat – especially at holidays! The mix of salty and sweet is amazing! Plus, it’s so easy to throw together.


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Ingredients

  • 30oz frozen hash browns, thawed
  • 12 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 10.5 oz cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup butter, melted, divided
  • 2 cups cornflakes, crushed (or Frosted Flakes, as I use)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine hash browns, cheese, sour cream, salt, onion, soup and 1/2 cup butter in a large bowl. Mix well.
3. Spread mixture evenly into a 9×13 casserole dish.
4. Combine cornflakes and 1/2 cup butter and sprinkle over the top of the casserole.
5. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until heated through.

Keywords: christmas morning brunch recipe, holiday breakfast recipe, hashbrown casserole recipe

Enjoy!

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole - a classic sweet and salty combo! Perfect for dinner and especially for holidays!

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole - a classic sweet and salty combo! Perfect for dinner and especially for holidays!

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45 Comments
  1. Amak Smith

    This is a classic church supper dish! Love all the variations mentioned in comments, too. I also tend to creatively substitute depending on what’s on hand. Particularly now that we don’t go to the grocery like we used to. 

  2. Gina

    I use wavy lays or any kind of plain potato chips on top rather than corn flakes. I also add a decent amount of season salt to the potato mixture. The family loves these minor changes. 

  3. Curtis Sulaski

    Can some one please help me with this facet of cooking this treasure. How much onion salt equals half an onion? I hate the crunch or chance thereof from onions; hence onion salt. Thank you much and GOD Bless!!!!!

    1. Amak Smith

      I’d use onion POWDER rather than onion SALT. I do this with dishes when my DIL is eating with us as she has similar aversion to onion, even if soft (it squeaks on her teeth?) I usual sub about 1 tsp for a whole onion. 

  4. Z

    A little different version, I use the nacho soup instead of the cheddar Cheese and top with crushed ritz or buttery crackers. I do make the night before and top the next morning before putting in the oven drizzled with melted butter. Yummy.
    Requested at all gatherings with family.
    Looking forward to topping with bacon next time.

  5. Michelle Ness

    This is seriously one of my all-time favorite recipes… THANK YOU!!! I’ve been making it since Easter 2017 when I found it here & my husband just requested it today so wanted to say thanks…. pulling it out of the oven in 5 minutes!! 🙂

  6. Sarah

    Any tips on cooking it after freezing it ? I forgot to sit it out and worried that if I just cook longer , it will burn. Thanks! 

  7. Sarah

    I made a recipe just like this today, and the cornflake topping came out tough/chewy/hard…Any thoughts why this happened? Are you suppose to completely mix the cornflakes and butter together before putting on, or just sprinkle dry cornflakes on top, the drizzle butter over? Thanks for any advice you can give me!

  8. Willard

    I made this for my wife who is recovering from cancer surgery. I am challenged in the kitchen but tried this, except I only had cinnamon Frosted Flakes and Laura Scudders green onion dip, that I mixed with sour cream.
     My wife loved it except she recommended a quarter cup less butter and not adding salt if using the dip.

    Thank you for helping me do a good dish for her.

  9. Marilyn Hernandez

    Hi, just wondering, in your video you do not add butter to the mixture, but in your recipe it says to add it? Is it supposed to be melted or only on the topping?

  10. Joann

    Hi Lindsay, I make a hash brown casserole similar to this. Mine has cream of mushroom soup, sm. can of mushrooms, a sm. jar of pimentos ( I drain some of the juice in the mushrooms and pimentos ). Top with more cheese and it is delicious. But I’m going to try this one too. Have a wonderful day. And Please keep the recipes coming. Want to try them ALL.. 

      1. Carol

        Dear Lindsay,
        I just wanted to tell you THANK YOU for this recipe! It is perfect and oh so delicious!! You are not only a beautiful young lady, but you are a very talented cook! I’m 62 and could never have cooked like you do. You are an amazing young lady! Keep up the good work! 

  11. karen

    I do not thaw the hash browns, I found it was easier to mix with them frozen…I found thawed hash browns tended to get mushy. I love this recipe ,so good and sooo easy !!

  12. Lisa

    I have made this before and it’s very good. I must say though all your ads that come up are annoying. I understand you make money but still annoying especially when I am reading your recipe and an ad for nasty bunions is in the middle of the recipe. Won’t be coming back ????????.

  13. Cindy lu

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I think this is even better than the original Cracker Barrel recipe !
    Curious what everyone’s favorite topping for the crunchy part would be though.  Cornflakes, rice crispie cereal, potatoe chips , crackers?? I’m trying to figure out the best/most liked topping.

    I also added fresh crumbled bits of bacon and I also added dry ranch mix in the recipe! It adds an extra kick to the meal! 

  14. Wenda Rainey

    I’ve made this several times, and different…depends on what’s in the cupboard.
    Plain sour cream or French onion dip, can of onion rings on top instead of corn flakes and the cream soups are either chicken, celery or mushroom. So many different things to do with it. You can make it mexican by adding green chilies, taco seasoning  ect. Love them all.❤️

  15. Ronda

    just wanted to let you know this recipe is not gulten free…..the cream of chicken soup has wheat flour my sister has celiac and she can’t eat this. ????

    1. Denise

      You can get gluten  free cream of chicken soup. I was able to  pick some up at Wal-Mart in the gluten free section.

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  20. Jessie Homemaker

    Oh…dear…goodness….This looks so delicious! I am literally about to leave my house and go pick up the ingredients! (Frosted flakes version because I love sweet & salty!) I’m a vegetarian but I could easily use cream of celery or mushroom instead of the chicken. I’ll let you know how it turns out!! 😀

  21. Jessie Homemaker

    Oh…dear…goodness….This looks so delicious! I am literally about to leave my house and go pick up the ingredients! (Frosted flakes version because I love sweet & salty!) I’m a vegetarian but I could easily use cream of celery or mushroom instead of the chicken. I’ll let you know how it turns out!! 😀

  22. Grandma Nancy

    Hi Lindsay, I use this exact recipe except I use crushed Lays Ruffled Potato Chips on the top….I always have to make two for family gatherings because it goes so quickly. Even the leftovers seem to disappear as my kids walk out the door!! Like your site, we’ll be following to see what you’re up to next!

    1. lifeloveandsugar

      What a clever topping! I never would have thought to try that. I bet it’s good! Thanks for checking out the site – glad you like it! 🙂

  23. Grandma Nancy

    Hi Lindsay, I use this exact recipe except I use crushed Lays Ruffled Potato Chips on the top….I always have to make two for family gatherings because it goes so quickly. Even the leftovers seem to disappear as my kids walk out the door!! Like your site, we’ll be following to see what you’re up to next!

    1. lifeloveandsugar

      What a clever topping! I never would have thought to try that. I bet it’s good! Thanks for checking out the site – glad you like it! 🙂

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