Cracked Out Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Cracked Out Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole – seriously the BEST! Only 6 ingredients – hash browns, bacon, cheddar, ranch, milk, and egg. You can make this ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze until ready to bake! Great for overnight guests and holiday mornings.

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Breakfast Casserole with Cheddar, Bacon & Ranch

This Cracked Out Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole is a favorite at our house. Hash browns, eggs, milk, cheddar, bacon, and ranch. So simple, yet SO delicious! Even though this is called a breakfast casserole, we love this any time of the day – breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. This is also great for overnight guests and holiday mornings. Whip up some biscuits and grits and you are set!

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How to Make Cracked Out Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

This casserole is very easy to make. Start with cooking the bacon in a large skillet. Remove the bacon but leave all the drippings in the pan. Place the hash browns in the skillet and cook them until they start to brown. Put the hash browns in a baking dish. Top with bacon and cheddar cheese. Whisk together eggs, milk, and ranch dressing mix. Pour over the hash browns and bake.

You can use precooked bacon in this recipe. One pound of cooked bacon is about 4-ounces or 1 cup. I like to buy the big bags of pre-cooked bacon pieces at Sam’s Club and Costco. It works great in casseroles like this one.

Can Bacon Breakfast Casserole be Frozen?

You can make this casserole in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later. If you are baking this right after taking it out of the refrigerator, you may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time. To bake the casserole after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed below.

You can even split this casserole between two pans. Bake one now and freeze one for later.

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What to Serve with Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

This Cracked Out Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole is one of our all-time favorite casseroles! You just can’t beat this flavor combination. This casserole is great for overnight guests and office potlucks. We love to serve this with some biscuits, grits, and fruit. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this yummy casserole:

Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad

Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad – so simple and so delicious. Pineapple, mandarin oranges, cherries, bananas, blueberries, strawberries and pecans tossed…

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Mississippi Sin Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Mississippi Sin Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole – seriously the BEST! All the flavors of our favorite dip in a casserole. Only a few simple ingredients – hash browns, ham, cheddar, sour cream, hot sauce, Worcestershire, onion, garlic, milk, and eggs. Great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can make this ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze it until ready to bake! Perfect for hectic weekday mornings, overnight guests, and holiday mornings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (32-oz) bag shredded hash browns, thawed
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • lb diced cooked ham
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 large eggs
  • cups milk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Tbsp hot sauce
  • tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet. Add hash browns to skillet and cook until lightly brown. Place hash browns in the prepared baking dish. Top with chopped ham and cheese.
  • Whisk together eggs, milk, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, onion powder, and garlic powder. Pour over the hash brown mixture.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 60 to 70 minutes.

Notes:

  • Thaw the frozen hash browns before browning them in the skillet.
  • I used Frank’s Hot Sauce for the hot sauce in the recipe.
  • Is Mississippi Sin Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole spicy? No. There isn’t enough hot sauce to make the dish spicy. If you want a spicier dish, add more hot sauce.
  • Can Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight before baking. If you are baking this right after taking it out of the refrigerator, you may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time.
  • Can Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole be frozen? Yes! You can assemble the casserole and freeze it for a quick meal later. To bake the casserole after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed.
  • Don’t need to feed a crowd? You can split this casserole between two 9×9-inch pans. Bake one now and freeze one for later.
  • Is Mississippi Sin Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole gluten-free? For a gluten-free meal, make sure to use a gluten-free Worcestershire sauce.

Steph

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  1. I would love to try this recipe out!
    Can I substitute ground Italian sausage for the bacon, or do half & half?
    Also, can I bake this ahead, then refrigerate leftovers? My boyfriend is an over the road semi driver, so I wondered if he could take this with him. He has a refrigerator and a microwave in his sleeper cab.
    (3 stars because it sounds so good, will update later!)

  2. Love this recipe!! We love bacon at our house so I use that, I usually put on extra bacon because we love it so much also while Im browning the potatoes i add frozen peppers and onions you can buy in the freezer section at the grocery, I have even used 2 packs of ranch mix to give it alittle extra and it was great as well!!

  3. What if I were to use only egg whites? How many more eggs would I need to use?

    Thank you for any help.

  4. Love this! I gave it a try when my brother was visiting… big mistake because now he DEMANDS I make it whenever he comes around! Its def a staples in our house now 🙂

  5. 2 lbs bacon, when you only substitute 2 cups pre-cooked bacon? A typo, maybe?
    This looks very good, but I question two lbs of bacon. Please clarify

    Thanks
    MC

  6. Used Alexia 28 oz. frozen hash browns, and only 1 lb. bacon. The ranch dressing was a nice change in seasoning. Can see substituting chopped ham or cooked sausage crumbles for the bacon. This will definitely go into my permanent file.

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