What can be more comforting than potatoes and cheese? This easy hashbrown casserole recipe takes comfort food to a whole new level.
Loaded with tender beef, creamy potatoes, rich sour cream, and crispy bacon, all baked to golden brown perfection. The sour cream keeps the dish light but luscious, while the beef provides an interesting savory element.
And don’t forget the little touch of cheese adds a proper richness. This simple yet decadent dish gives your taste buds a real treat.
We love that this recipe calls for simple ingredients you might already have in your kitchen. You can even make it ahead of time, store it in the fridge, and pop it in the oven whenever you fancy it (or are in need of comfort food!)
This dish is a proven crowd pleaser and versatile side which you can serve for weekday meals, barbecue gatherings and holidays.
What Is Hashbrown Casserole?
A typical casserole consists of potatoes, onion, cream-based soup, butter, cheese, and a topping of corn flakes or potato chips. This ultimate comfort food is rich, savory, and perfect for feeding a crowd.
It’s a widespread tradition to serve it at gatherings after funerals, earning it another name: “Funeral Potatoes”.
Many people enjoy having this casserole at Easter as well. It pairs well with ham, turkey or any types of protein you decide to serve.
While most of us serve this dish for special gatherings like Easter or Christmas, you can add in bacon, chicken, beef or cubed ham to make it a complete meal for any day.
Is Hashbrown Casserole Healthy?
Looking for a healthy breakfast dish that’s both quick and delicious can be a challenge, but our casserole recipe is here to fit the bill.
Potatoes are a powerhouse of nutrition including many vitamins and minerals. A medium potato (about 200 grams) contains:
Protein: 4.37 grams
Carb: 37.3 grams
Fiber: 4.47 grams
Vitamin C: 42 milligrams
Potassium: 905 milligrams
Manganese: 0.326 milligrams
Besides being a popular and delicious vegetable, potatoes offer some great health benefits. A proper intake of potatoes can help improve blood sugar control, digestive health, and heart health.
To sum up, potatoes are a great ingredient to add in your daily diet. And who can say no to crunchy pan-fried potatoes or filling hashbrown casserole?
How to Make Hashbrown Casserole
This is a simplified step-by-step recipe:
Step 1: Soak the potatoes
In a large bowl, place the shredded potatoes and fill the bowl with cold water. Let it sit for about 10 minutes.
Step 2: Swish the potatoes
With your hands, swish the potatoes to release the starch. Drain the water out. You can repeat this step for one more time or until water runs clear.
Step 3: Preheat the oven
Preheat the oven to 375 °F.
Step 4: Stir the meat
Heat the skillet on medium heat, then add beef and butter to the skillet. Stir frequently until the meat is cooked. Transfer it to a bowl and set aside.
Step 5: Stir the vegetables
Add butter, and any of your favorite vegetables and saute until tender. Add the beef back to the skillet.
Step 6: Season the meat mixture
Season with salt and pepper. Then stir in sour cream. Simmer for some minutes until all the ingredients are combined and well-seasoned.
Step 7: Season the potatoes
Season the shredded potatoes with salt and pepper.
Step 8: Place ingredients into a baking dish
Turn the mixture of beef and vegetables out into a baking dish. Then spread the potatoes over the beef mixture.
Step 9: Bake
Bake until the potatoes are tender. Remove the baking dish from the oven and sprinkle cheddar cheese and bacon on top of the potatoes, then return the casserole to the oven for 5 minutes more.
Step 10: Serve
Garnish with scallions if you like. Serve hot.
Tips for A Delicious Hashbrown Casserole Recipe
Hashbrown casserole is one of the easiest (and tastiest) recipes of breakfast potatoes that you can make at home. However, to make your casserole crispy and creamy, we rely on some key tips.
The type of potato you use has a great impact on the finished flavor and texture. New potatoes turn creamy and starchy when cooked, but are not a good choice for a crispy crust.
We recommend the regular russet potato, which develops a crispy crust that stays crunchy after baking.
Another tip is the type of soup that you use.
Some people prefer chicken or mushroom soup while we suggest sour cream which has a tangy flavor backed by a rich creaminess, making a great creamy base for this recipe.
It is also better for you with a single ingredient rather than the many (and not all great) that come in creamed soups.
And don’t spare the cheese!
Hashbrown casserole is obviously great on its own, but it can turn dry and crumbly if left sitting for too long. Cheese not only adds richness and extra flavor to the topping, but also helps retain the ideal moisture for the bottom layer.
What Goes with Hashbrown Casserole?
You don’t need to go out for a hashbrown casserole recipe! It can be done in minutes, using simple available ingredients, and tastes amazing.
There are many versions of the dish and you can add in any additions you like for an interesting twist. They will turn out delicious any which way.
1. Corn Flakes
Corn flakes mixed with butter is one of the most popular toppings for your casserole. You can also use crackers or bread crumbles for the same crunchy surface result.
2. Sour Cream
There are hasbrown casserole recipes with fresh cheese, but we think sour cream is a better option. Sour cream adds a touch of creaminess and tang to the dish.
3. Ground Beef
You can make this recipe with almost any protein, but ground beef is our favorite.
4. Cream Cheese
If you are looking for new variations for cheese, you can try switching it up with cream cheese. It is a nice way to alter the taste without changing the recipe and cooking method too much.
You can use any type of meat for this recipe, but if you are craving a stronger taste, try ham. It gives the dish an interesting smoky flavor that everyone will love.
6. Cream of Chicken Soup
Cream of chicken soup is essential in many recipes, including hashbrown casserole. It becomes a unifying element that brings together the perfect balance of cheese, sauce, meat, and potatoes.
7. Cream of Mushroom Soup
If you want to make casserole vegetarian-friendly, switch out the cream of chicken soup and use cream of mushroom soup instead. The result will be the same: a creamy and filling dish.
Cut sausages into small pieces before layering them over the potatoes. This helps the sausage to be in every bite of the casserole.
We make this recipe from scratch, but we do know that sometimes you may not have enough time to wash, peel, and shred potatoes. Frozen hashbrowns eliminate all of those steps.
To use frozen hashbrowns to make the casserole, you should thaw them before baking to avoid excess water. Then cook them as you would regular hashbrowns.
Another way is to thaw them in the microwave, then squeeze the excess moisture to get your desired texture.
How Many Calories in Hashbrown Casserole?
Walking the line between breakfast and side dish, this casserole is truly a comfort dish. Tender shredded potatoes are mixed in with creamy sauce, and hearty beef, and all is covered under a golden crust of cheese.
Each serving of this tasty casserole contains 399 calories.
If you are searching for some healthy casserole recipes, our chicken and rice casserole recipe is another great option.
What to Serve With Hashbrown Casserole
To meet the recommended daily intake of calories, we serve this recipe with strawberry banana smoothie for a delicious and healthy breakfast.
Healthy Hashbrown Casserole Recipe
- 28 oz russet potatoes shredded
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 tsp garlic
- 10 oz 97% lean ground beef
- 6 oz onion chopped
- 6 oz carrot chopped
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp sour cream
- 1/4 cup scallions chopped
- 2 oz cheddar cheese
- 0.5 oz baked bacon
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- In a large bowl, place the shredded potatoes and fill the bowl with cold water. Let it sit for about 10 minutes.
- With your hands, swish the potatoes to release the starch. Drain the water out. You can repeat this step for one more time or until the water run clears.
- Preheat the oven to 375 °F.
- Heat a skillet on medium-high heat, and add the lean beef and ½ tablespoon of butter. Stir frequently until the meat is cooked. Transfer it to a bowl and set aside.
- Return the skillet to medium heat. Add the remaining butter, carrot, onion, garlic, and scallions, and saute for 5 minutes or until tender.
- Add the beef and stir to combine. Season with ¼ teaspoon of salt and ⅛ teaspoon of pepper. Bring to a simmer then stir in sour cream. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, toss the shredded potatoes with the remaining salt and pepper.
- Turn the mixture of beef and vegetables out into a baking dish. Then spread the potatoes over the beef mixture.
- Bake for 40 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Remove the baking dish from the oven and sprinkle cheddar cheese and bacon on top of the potatoes, then return the casserole to the oven for 5 minutes more.
- Garnish with scallions if you like. Serve hot.
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