Hash Brown Casserole Recipe

Hash brown casseroleCredit: google images

  A friend sent me a copycat recipe for Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole, easy recipe and very good as is, but, me I like to tweak recipes. After a few times trying different things this is what I ended up with. Leftovers reheated were good as well.

6 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 cups finely diced potatoes, peeling optional
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1-1/2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
6 tablespoons butter melted
1-8 ounce container sour cream
1-8 ounce container low-fat small curd cottage cheese
8 ounces shredded mild Cheddar or Colby cheese or a blend
1 can (10.5 ounce) chicken of chicken soup
1/2 cup milk, whole, skim or 2% all work fine
1/2 to 3/4  cup Kellogg's cornflake crumbs, or crush your own

Steps to make the Hash Brown Potato Casserole;

Dice potatoesCredit: google images

  Step..1...Heat the 6 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large skillet. Add the 6 cups diced potatoes and cook over low heat, stirring often, until they are light brown, but not fully cooked. Remove from skillet and drain well on paper towels. Cool.

Fry potatoesCredit: google images

  Step..2...Grease a 13 x 9 or 10 x 14 inch baking dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  Step.. 3...In a large bowl, combine the 6 cups cooled potatoes, 1/2 cup chopped onions, 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper, 6 tablespoons melted butter, 8 ounce container sour cream, 8 ounce container cottage cheese, 8 ounces of shredded cheese, can of cream of chicken soup, and 1/2 cup milk. Blend well and spoon mixture into the baking dish. Top with the crushed cornflake crumbs.


Kellogg's cornflake crumbsCredit: google images


  Step.. 4...Bake in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until hot and bubbly.

Tips; If you want a quick short cut, use frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed. If you use these, skip step one. In this case, the diced or shredded potatoes work, just a matter of choice.
Also, can use 16 ounces of sour cream, then omit the cottage cheese. I like using it because to me it cuts down on fat and calories.
Can also, bake the potatoes on a baking sheet in the oven sprayed with Pam. Will have to stir often, and don't over bake.