Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole (Copycat)

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Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole is the perfect copycat breakfast classic with shredded hash browns, cheddar cheese, sour cream and condensed soup.

Potatoes are the king of starch around here and if you love this recipe you should try our Ultimate Loaded Mashed Potatoes or Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes. They’re both the perfect starchy comfort food your whole family will love. Plus the bacon in the loaded mashed potatoes is just heavenly!

Cracker Barrel Hash Brown CasseroleCRACKER BARREL HASH BROWN CASSEROLE

If you’re craving a new main dish for dinner or looking for something fun to serve up for brunch, this yummy copycat recipe from Cracker Barrel is the perfect comfort food recipe to try. It’s got a fairly short cook time and the prep is incredibly easy. We love serving it alongside Perfect Simple Roast Chicken or Classic Beef Meatloaf.

If you are looking for a dish that is the perfect blend of breakfast and dinner, you should try making hash brown casserole from this recipe we found at Cracker Barrel, which is one of our favorite late night hang out restaurants I used to love in college (it’s a secret travel guilty pleasure now).

It’s rich and savory and it doesn’t take the whole day to prep and bake. In fact I can usually prep the entire recipe in less than five minutes and I just put the pan in the oven before it even finished preheating! This dish couldn’t be any easier!

This cheesy hash brown casserole is hearty enough to serve up in a breakfast for dinner scenario, or you can serve it in smaller portions for breakfast or brunch. You can also save if for later if you’re looking for a breakfast that’s filling and that you don’t have to make from scratch every morning. I love serving it with chicken tenders!

What to serve with Hash Brown Casserole:

HOW TO MAKE CRACKER BARREL HASH BROWN CASSEROLE

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 11 x 14 inch casserole or baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir together.
  • Spread evenly in prepared pan.
  • Bake for 45 minutes until the top is golden brown.Hash Brown Casserole
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VARIATIONS ON CRACKER BARREL HASH BROWN CASSEROLE

  • Cheese: If you’re looking for some new taste variations, switching up the cheese you use is a good way to alter the taste without having to change the recipe too much. Try using parmesan, pecorino or colby cheese.
  • Spices: Dust a bit of black pepper, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika or an Italian spice blend over the top of your casserole. You can add any mixture that you want depending on the flavor palette you prefer.
  • Toppings: As unusual as it sounds, you can add cornflakes to the top of the casserole to give it a delicious crunch without having to do extra work, and cornflakes don’t interfere with the overall flavor of the dish.
  • Vegetarian: If you want to make this dish vegetarian-friendly, all you have to do is switch out the cream of chicken soup for cream of mushroom soup. The rest of the recipe is already meat-free and cream of mushroom soup cooks similarly to the chicken variety.
  • Onions: You can use a large yellow onion, but if you are craving a different or stronger onion taste, you can try using a scallion or chopped green onions. Even though scallions are a small onion, don’t be fooled: they pack quite a punch.

WHO CAN WE THANK FOR HASH BROWNS?

There are a lot of similar dishes around the world, but the first time the term “hashed browns” showed up was in New York City around 1888. They showed up in a cookbook written by Maria Parloa, the founder of multiple cooking schools and a respected food writer.

The name was originally “hashed browns,” but it was shortened over time to “hash browns.” The word “hashed” comes from “hacher,” which means “chopped” in French. “Hash browns” was first coined by H.L. Mencken, and American satirist and journalist, in 1945.

KEEPING CRACKER BARREL HASH BROWN CASSEROLE FOR LEFTOVERS

  • Serve: You should not leave the casserole out for longer than about 2 hours at room temperature.
  • Store: You can keep your leftovers in the fridge for about 4 days as long as you keep them covered in the fridge.
  • Freeze: If you want to keep your casserole around for longer, it will stay good for about 3 months in the freezer. The hash browns won’t reheat well beyond that point, so you’re better off making a new batch.Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole on white plate

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    5 from 2 votes
    • Yield: 12
    • Prep Time: 5 minutes
    • Cook Time: 45 minutes
    • Total Time: 50 minutes
    • Course: Dinner
    • Cuisine: American
    • Author: Sabrina Snyder
    Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole is packed with cheddar cheese, sour cream and, of course, hash browns.

    Ingredients

    • 32 ounces shredded hash browns , thawed
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , melted
    • 10.75 ounces cream of chicken soup
    • 2 cups sour cream
    • 1/2 yellow onion , chopped
    • 2 cups cheddar cheese , shredded
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

    Instructions

    Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    2. Mix hash browns, melted butter, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, onions, cheddar cheese, salt and pepper in a large bowl until well combined.

    3. Spread evenly in a 9x13 baking dish.

    4. Cook for 45 minutes until top is melted and browned.

    Nutrition Information

    Yield: 12 , Amount per serving: 285 calories, Calories: 285g, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 61mg, Sodium: 427mg, Potassium: 299mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 671g, Vitamin C: 7g, Calcium: 191g, Iron: 1g

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Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. We loved the hash brown bake. I mentioned that next time I would put the Corn Flakes on and my husband and daughter said there is nothing I can do to make this better than it is. That was a real compliment. In addition to it being a delicious dish, it was so quick and easy to make. I will be making this quite often, to my family’s Delight.

  2. excellent recipe lol I added 1 lb thick cut bacon chopped fried crispy and drained, I mean why not it’s always better with bacon

  3. I have the most wonderful collection for mashed potatoes with garlic’
    I need to collect my brain and will send it to you within a day or so, but you will need at least 5 heads of fresh garlic ( 50-60 cloves) yes it is crazy but it will warm the hearts and souls of all who partake ( not any good if you let it out how much garlic is in the sauce)
    [garlic is not bitter or hot or anything else but SWEET if prepared properly]
    Recipe on its way!