Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe – This is my go-to dish for holidays and potlucks. Frozen hash brown potatoes, evaporated milk, sour cream, chive and onion cream cheese, chicken bouillon, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, melted butter, shredded cheese, and Ritz crackers. No cream of chicken soup! Great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

This Chive & Onion Potato Casserole is a new favorite at our house. I made this for a family dinner last month and everyone raved about it. It is super easy to make and is bursting with great flavor! Shredded hash brown potatoes loaded with cream cheese, melted butter, and colby-jack cheese and topped with Ritz crackers. SO good! I could honestly make a meal out of just these potatoes. Add this easy recipe to your menu. It is sure to be a hit!

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How to Make Hash Brown Potato Casserole

This side dish is effortless to make with only a few simple ingredients. Place evaporated milk, sour cream, chive & onion cream cheese, chicken bouillon, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder in a blender. Blend until smooth.

In a large bowl, stir together the milk mixture, frozen hashbrowns, melted butter, and shredded cheese. Spread potato mixture into a 9×13-inch baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

In a small bowl, combine crushed Ritz crackers and melted butter. Sprinkle cracker crumbs over the top of the casserole. Bake in a preheated oven until bubbly. Garnish with parsley.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • There is no need to fully thaw the shredded hash brown potatoes.
    • I take the potatoes out of the freezer about 15 minutes before assembling the dish.
  • I top the casserole with crushed Ritz crackers.
    • Can substitute cornflakes.
    • You can omit the topping if you don’t want a crunchy topping.
  • You can use any cheese in the casserole that you enjoy,
    • cheddar cheese
    • pepper jack cheese 
    • smoked gouda
  • Variations/additions:
    • ham
    • bacon
    • chicken
    • broccoli
    • onions
    • peppers
  • Can Potato Casserole be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and store it in the fridge overnight before baking. You may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time if baking straight from the refrigerator.
  • Can Potato Casserole be frozen? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cover the dish with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze. The casserole will keep up to 3 months in the freezer.
    • To bake the casserole after freezing, thaw and bake as directed.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
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Cheesy Hash Brown Potato Casserole

These cheesy potatoes are comfort food at its best. We serve this casserole with everything! Pancakes, waffles, Grilled chicken, porksteak. You name it! These yummy potatoes will go with it. I always have a pan in the freezer for a quick side dish.

This makes a lot of potatoes. This is a great recipe for potlucks, cookouts, dinner parties, and the holidays! We love this casserole at our Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas dinners. Give this a try the next time you need an easy potato dish. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe – This is my go-to dish for holidays and potlucks. Frozen hash brown potatoes, evaporated milk, sour cream, chive and onion cream cheese, chicken bouillon, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, melted butter, shredded cheese, and Ritz crackers. No cream of chicken soup! Great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (12-oz) can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 (8-oz) container chive and onion cream cheese
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • salt & black pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • 1 (30-oz) bag frozen hash browns
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups shredded colby-jack cheese
  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Place evaporated milk, sour cream, chive & onion cream cheese, chicken bouillon, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the milk mixture, frozen hashbrowns, ½ cup melted butter, and shredded cheese. Spread the potato mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, combine crushed Ritz crackers and ¼ cup melted butter. Sprinkle cracker crumbs over the top of the casserole.
  • Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until bubbly.

Notes:

  • There is no need to fully thaw the shredded hash brown potatoes.
    • I take the potatoes out of the freezer about 15 minutes before assembling the dish.
  • Can Potato Casserole be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and store it in the fridge overnight before baking. You may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time if baking straight from the refrigerator.
  • Can Potato Casserole be frozen? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cover the dish with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze. The casserole will keep up to 3 months in the freezer.
    • To bake the casserole after freezing, thaw and bake as directed.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Steph

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  1. I’ve been on the lookout for a good hash brown casserole and came across this! I just put it together tonight to make for our staff tomorrow. I can’t wait! 😀 Does it need to be covered for baking?

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