This easy recipe for Simply Potatoes Cheesy Hash Browns is creamy, cheesy, and delicious! It's perfect for brunch or a great side dish. Plus, they're really easy to make and the whole family will love them!
Next time try Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole!
Why you'll love this recipe
✔️ They're creamy, cheesy and super simple.
✔️ This hearty casserole is delicious for breakfast or even as dinner side dish.
✔️ You use frozen shredded hash browns for this recipe, so it's perfect for a last minute meal.
Seriously... who am I trying to kid? It's the bacon! It makes everything better! This is such a comforting side dish or a yummy main dish!
For the exact measurements, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- diced onions -I used sweet onion, but you can use white or red onion as well.
- crumbled bacon.
- melted butter
- sour cream
- cream of chicken soup - though you can substitute any of the canned soups - cream of celery soup or cream of mushroom soup.
- celery salt
- kosher salt
- garlic powder
- frozen shredded hash brown potatoes (I used Simply Potatoes but you can use Ore-Ida or your favorite brand)
- shredded Colby Jack cheese.
This is an overview of the instructions. For the complete directions just scroll down to the bottom!
- Thaw the hash browns first. Place in a colander on a plate and leave it overnight in the fridge. Make sure to pat dry to remove any excess water.
- Preheat the oven, spray baking dish, with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the onion, bacon, melted butter, sour cream, and cream of chicken soup. Mix until all combined.
- Next add the seasonings and mix again.
- Add the remaining ingredients - combine hash browns and shredded cheese. Mix until everything is coated.
- Pour into the prepared casserole dish and bake in a preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes uncovered until golden brown.
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- 9x13 baking dish
- large bowl
Yes, they need to thaw for this recipe. I would recommend overnight in the fridge as it will help them to not turn into mush when baked.
Yes, fresh potatoes can be used, but you must soak them in water and then drain and dry them first.
Funeral potatoes are a casserole dish that is typically made with frozen hash browns, cheese, and a creamy soup mixture. It's usually served as a side dish for potlucks or funerals.
Yes, you could add a crispy topping to the shredded potatoes. Some ideas include bread crumbs, cracker crumbs, or cornflakes. I recommend pouring melted butter over the top of the crispy topping.
This Easy Hash Brown Casserole can be made in a crockpot. I would recommend cooking on low for 4 hours to 6 hours. It's the ultimate comfort food!
- If you're not a fan of onion, you could easily leave them out or use a lesser amount.
- I like to use Colby Jack cheese in this recipe, but you could use any blend that you prefer.
- This Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole can easily be doubled if you're feeding a larger crowd.
- Be sure to spray your baking dish well, so clean up is a snap!
- Mix up the cheesy potato casserole by adding diced ham or cooked crumbled sausage.
- Instead of cream chicken soup you can use cream of mushroom soup.
- Make this casserole extra cheesy by using cheddar cheese soup in place of the cream of chicken soup.
- If you want a little bit of heat, add in some diced jalapeños.
- Breakfast sausage would be an excellent edition.
- For a delicious crunchy topping mix together crushed Ritz Crackers, corn flakes or potato chips. Top with about two tablespoons melted butter and bake - yum!
Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to three days.
Reheat: Place in a microwave-safe dish and cook on high for 2 to 3 minutes. Or reheat in the oven, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and bake for about 20 minutes, until warm and bubbly.
Freezer: Wrap the casserole tightly in foil or plastic wrap and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight.
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Simply Potatoes Cheesy Hash Browns Recipe
- ½ cup diced onions
- ½ cup cooked bacon crumbled
- ½ cup salted butter melted
- 1 cup sour cream
- 10.5 ounces cream of chicken soup
- 1 teaspoon celery salt
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 30 ounce shredded hash browns thawed
- 2 ½ cups shredded Colby Jack
- optional garnish - sliced green onions
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- Thaw the hash browns. I found it easiest to place a colander on a plate overnight in the fridge. Pat dry to remove as much excess water as possible.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non stick spray. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, added chopped onion, bacon, melted butter, sour cream, and cream of chicken soup. Add the seasonings, mix well.
- Add the thawed hash browns into the creamy sauce and mix until completely coated.
- Add the cheese and mix until all ingredients are incorporated.
- Spoon into the prepared baking dish. Spread into an even layer. Bake in a preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes uncovered.