Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole Copycat
Hashbrown casserole is a very simple and tasty dish, partly from the cheese added. What is even better, you can make it from frozen Hashbrowns!
Hashbrown Casserole based on the famous Cracker Barrel Recipe only requires 6 minutes of prep. It can be the feature dish when serving breakfast for a crowd. Add some bacon and eggs, and you are onto a winner. It is the perfect side or potluck dish. Also, see how many hashbrowns to serve per person for a crowd.
I had never heard of this dish before my brother shared it. I was intrigued and wanted to try it out myself. I found a recipe online and made it exactly as she did. It turned out great!
This recipe is great for any holiday morning breakfast when you have a big group or anytime you get the family together for a tasty breakfast or brunch on new years day. It’s also a great side dish for Chicken Schnitzel or almost any other main.
What is “Copycat Cooking”
Copycat cooking is when you start with a recipe that is identical or very close to a famous recipe and customize it to your liking.
You then can add or subtract ingredients that you like or don’t like. What I like best about copycat cooking is that you can use expensive ingredients that typically fast food chains do not use.
If you do this, you can take the dish to a whole new level and your friends will Dub you the copycat cooking king. For example, making a In-N-Out Sauce is one of the most popular copycat recipes – in fact it goes great with this hashbrown casserole.
This Craker Barrel Recipe Interpretation is Better
This is a copycat recipe for Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole. It’s not identical of course, but that is the beauty of “Copycat Cooking” because you can start with a famous dish that you love and then add your favorites.
How to Make Hashbrown Casserole in 2022
Hash brown casserole is a delicious side dish that takes just 5 minutes to cook. It’s also very easy to make and tastes great. You can serve it at any time of day.
- Put all ingredients into a bowl.
- Spread into a parchment paper lined roasting dish or a baking dish ( I use a 9-inch by 13-inch casserole dish)
- Top with bits of crunchy bacon for texture and bake.
Looking for a simple and quick yet popular meal, this is a hit with everyone.
You can add leftovers like spiral ham, shrimp, chicken, ground beef or turkey. This is a really popular breakfast after thanksgiving.
Add vegetables like corn, and a bit of salsa, you get the picture be creative.
What Are the Best Toppings for Hash Brown Casserole
The best cheese to top hashbrown casserole is peppered Monterey jack.
Other popular cheeses are
- mozzarella gouda
Other Toppings that I like to add are
- Crushed Cornfkaes – they give it an amazing texture.
- Potato Chips crushed in a bag with a rolling pin
- Green onions
- Crispy Fried Egg
- Chili Powder
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
Copy Cat Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole Recipe
- 1 packet of frozen hashbrowns – enough to line fully the base of your baking dish
- around half a cup of melted butter
- 3 tablespoons of creamed soup (can be cheese, mushroom) any style
- 2 cups of sour cream
- 3 tablespoons of finely diced red onion
- 2 cups of Monterey jack peppered cheese that has been grated.
- salt and pepper to taste.
- First Preheat the oven to around 350°F.
- Mix into a bowl all the ingredients, but keep back half of the cheese for final topping.
- Grease the baking dish
- Put in the mixed ingredients
- Top with shredded cheese.
- Bake for 45minutes and text it is done – if not put back for a further 10 minutes and you should be good to go
How to Freeze Hashbrown Casserole
I find it best to freeze any leftover hash brown casserole by first portioning it out into single serves. Then I freeze them on a tray and transfer them to Ziploc plastic bags.
I can then easily take out one or two portions without having to waste any which is what would happen if you froze it as a single large portion.
In conclusion, I’m sure you’ve heard of hashbrown casserole before. But have you tried making it from scratch yet? This recipe makes a delicious breakfast dish that everyone loves. And if you serve it with eggs, bacon, and toast, you’ll have breakfast for dinner!
Hash brown casseroles are a classic comfort food. They are so versatile and can be served hot or cold.
Can I Make Hash Brown Casserole The Day Before
Yes, you can make them in advance, which is good especially if you are serving breakfast to a big crowd.
Hash brown casseroles are great because they take advantage of leftover hash brown potatoes. As long as you use frozen hash browns, you don’t even have to cook them ahead of time. Just make sure you let them defrost completely before combining them with the rest of the ingredients. If you’re planning to serve this dish later in the week, you’ll want to assemble the casserole the night prior so that it’s ready to go in the morning.
What can be used instead of cream of chicken soup?
One of the easiest substitutes for cream of chicken, or cream of cheese soup is a basic roux.
While many people know what a roux is and how it works, there are still plenty of folks out there who aren’t familiar with the term. A roux is essentially a mixture of equal parts flour and fat (oil). When combined, they form a smooth paste that can be cooked into whatever dish you want. For example, you could use a roux to thicken up some tomato sauce or gravy. Or, you could add it to a pot of chili, where it thickens the base and adds flavor. In this case, we’ve got a classic comfort food recipe that uses a roux to give a creamy texture to our chicken noodle soup.
The key to making this recipe work is to cook the roux properly. If you do not cook it long enough, you’ll end up with lumps that won’t dissolve completely. We recommend cooking the roux over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Once the roux is ready, whisk in the milk and stock and bring the liquid to a simmer. Stir constantly until the soup reaches the desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.
To make the roux, combine the flour and butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook the roux, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the stove and let cool slightly. Whisk in the milk and stock until thoroughly mixed. Return the pan to low heat and stir continuously until the mixture begins to bubble and thicken. This process takes about 2 minutes. Add additional stock or water as needed to achieve the desired thickness of the final product. Season with salt and black pepper.
What to Serve With Hash Brown Casserole
Hash brown casseroles make one of those meals that everyone loves—and that everyone wants to eat again and again. This recipe makes enough for four servings, but it’s easy enough to double or triple the ingredients if you want to feed a crowd.
I’ve included several options for serving it, including topping it with cheese and chives; adding bacon and green onions, and making it into a sandwich by layering it with turkey sausage patties and fresh sourdough bread.
Does Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole Have Eggs
No, it does not have eggs, however, you can turn it into an amazing dish by adding a little bit of tomato paste on the top and some sliced red peppers, and then in the last 20 minutes of baking break open some eggs and just let them naturally cook in the oven.
Is the Cracker Barrel Authentics identical to Target’s and Walmart’s
No, they are all slightly different, however, if you follow the recipe above and enhance it with your favorite ingredients you will actually exceed all of Cracker Barrel, target, or Walmart offerings for hashbrowns and hashbrowns casserole.