This Homemade Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole is an easy side dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Shredded hash browns and melted cheese make this comfort food dinner a favorite with everyone.
These easy hash brown potatoes are a tried and true casserole. I think everyone has a version of this side dish in their house. I remember having them at church dinners where everyone called them funeral potatoes. Quite the name for this cheesy goodness, huh?
This easy side dish is a staple in most homes. It is a true favorite for holidays, dinners, or potlucks because it is pure comfort food for sure.
This copycat Cracker Barrel hash brown casserole is also a delicious side dish for Thanksgiving dinner. We like having these cheesy hash browns along with these Stuffing Muffins, this Broccoli Salad and an oven roasted turkey.
You probably have your own variation to this cheesy potato casserole, but I thought this time of year would be a great time to share how I make mine a little different.
Ingredients for Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes:
- Onions – you can also use a mixture of red and green peppers with the onions
- Butter and Flour – the flour combines with the butter and milk to create a homemade roux
- Milk and Chicken Broth – the mixture of both adds a great flavor to the casserole
- Sour Cream – Greek yogurt would also work great
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese – shred your own cheese because it makes such a big difference in casseroles
- Hash Brown Potatoes – shredded or cubed are fine
- Garlic Powder, Salt, and Pepper
This cheesy hash brown casserole without soup is so easy to make and is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dinner.
How to make Homemade Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes:
- Sauté the diced onions and butter in a large pot.
- Add some flour and cook for one minute, then whisk in the chicken broth and milk. Cook over medium heat until thickened.
- Stir in the sour cream and shredded cheese.
- Add the bag of thawed hash browns, seasonings, and more cheese and stir until mixed together.
- Spoon the mixture into a greased casserole dish and top with another layer of cheese.
- Bake until heated through. Serve with parsley and pepper. (full recipe below)
How to make cheesy hash brown potatoes with corn flakes:
Crush 2 cups of corn flakes slightly. Stir in 1/4 cup melted butter and add this to the top of the casserole. You can also use Ritz crackers or potato chips for the topping.
Do I have to thaw the hash browns?
Not necessarily. If you forget to thaw the potatoes, bake the casserole covered for 50 minutes and then uncovered for 10.
Can these cheesy hash brown potatoes be made ahead of time?
Yes. Make the potatoes but do not bake them. Spoon the mixture into a greased pan, cover, and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before baking. Make sure to remove the pan from the fridge 30 minutes before baking. You may need to add extra time if they are still cold.
Can I make these cheesy potatoes in a crock pot?
Yes you can. Spoon the potato mixture into a greased crock pot or slow cooker and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until heated through and bubbly.
Are these hash brown potatoes freezer-friendly?
Yes. Prepare the casserole without baking, store in an airtight freezer-friendly container, and freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and bake as directed.
More easy Thanksgiving day recipes:
- Cranberry Zucchini Slaw
- Best Creamy Stove Top Mac and Cheese
- Roasted Veggies
- Corn Pudding
- Chocolate Fudge Pecan Pie
- Easy Traditional Pumpkin Pie
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- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 1 cup diced onion
- 4 Tablespoons flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup sour cream
- 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- 1 - 30 ounce bag frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- *Optional Topping idea below
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with nonstick spray.
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the onions and saute until soft.
- Sprinkle the flour over the mixture. Stir and cook for an additional minute.
- Whisk in the milk and broth slowly. Cook for a few minutes until thickened.
- Stir in the sour cream and 2 cups of shredded cheese until melted and creamy.
- Stir in the thawed potatoes, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and 1 cup of shredded cheese.
- Spoon into prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
- Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and cook 10 minutes longer. Top with parsley and pepper and serve immediately.
- Crush 2 cups Corn Flakes slightly. Stir in 1/4 cup melted butter. Sprinkle this on top of the top layer of cheese before baking. You can also use Ritz crackers or potato chips for the topping.
- Add bacon or ham to the potato mixture before pouring it into the baking dish.
- This is a great casserole to freeze for a later meal. Prepare and pour into a foil pan. Let cool, then cover and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before baking.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 313Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 781mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 12g
*The post for Homemade Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes was first published on November 18, 2015. The pictures and the post were updated and republished November 11, 2019.