Friday, November 7, 2008

Sour Cream Hash Brown Casserole with Ritz Cracker Topping

A definitive southern favorite, and often called funeral or party potatoes, hash brown potatoes are combined with cream of chicken soup, sour cream, onion and cheddar cheese for a well loved casserole.

Sour Cream Hash Brown Casserole

Every southerner likely has this one in their recipe box with some variation. This is often referred to as a Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole copycat, but honestly I don't eat at Cracker Barrel much myself, so I'm not qualified to attest to that. I do know it's one of those recipes just about everybody has either made at one time or another, or have certainly eaten. Traditionally made with cream of chicken soup, I have successfully used mushroom and celery too, since I generally go with what I happen to have in the pantry. Use cream of chicken if you have it, or use whatever is in your pantry.

You can also use either the shredded frozen hash brown potatoes or the southern style cubed hash browns in this recipe. Both are excellent, though I have to admit that I favor the shredded kind. The casserole pictured used the southern style because that is what I had on hand at the time. Of course, you can simply shred your own potatoes if you prefer, though you'll have to make sure they are squeezed very dry. I personally think the frozen ones are just much easier to use and frankly work the best.

This is a great side dish casserole that has been around forever, and works just as well for the holidays as it does for Sunday suppers, or potlucks and church suppers, reunions and family gatherings, and even as a casserole for the grieving - and how it earned the name funeral potatoes.  Halve it when you just want to make it for your family.  Wonderful way to use leftover meats from the holiday too - ham is great, but turkey and pork work well also.

Check this out if you are looking for other traditional southern holiday dishes!  Enjoy!


Recipe: Sour Cream Hash Brown Casserole with Ritz Cracker Topping

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 40 min | Yield: About 10 servings

Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 can of condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups of sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 turns of the pepper grinder
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 pound bag of frozen southern style diced or shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 sleeve of Ritz crackers, crushed

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter or spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish; set aside.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat, and saute the onion just until soft, but not browned. Stir in the soup, sour cream, salt, and pepper until well mixed. Stir in the cheese until blended in well. Add the shredded potatoes and mix. Taste and adjust seasoning. Turn out into prepared baking dish. Mix the 3 tablespoons of melted butter with the cracker crumbs and sprinkle evenly over the top of the casserole. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 45 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

~Cook's Notes~

Crockpot: Prepare as above, except add 1 soup can of milk. Mix and transfer to a slow cooker that you've buttered or sprayed with non-stick spray. Cover and cook on high for about 3 hours. Omit cracker topping.

Variations:  Instead of topping with crackers, can simply top the casserole with extra cheese during the last 5 minutes of baking. Can also eliminate the sour cream, but increase the butter to a full 1/2 cup.  Additional add-ins include green and red bell pepper, one (3 ounce) well drained jar of pimentos, 1/2 cup of pickled jalapeno slices, chopped, and/or Cajun or Creole seasoning. Can substitute other cream soups (cream of celery, cream of mushrooms) and okay to use the lower fat/sodium soups also. Try the roasted garlic cream of mushroom for a change. Also great with cubed leftover ham, pork or turkey stirred in to make it a main dish.

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8 comments:

  1. Mary, this is one of our family's favorite side dishes. In fact , my DIL made this last night when we were there for dinner. It also reheats well for leftovers! It's yummy!

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  2. I read aloud to Red (sounds ridiculous, I know [big grin]) the ingredients and now I have to make them this week! He loves your cooking I tell you. Oh and I thought of you right away when I heard the weather.... praying for no storms!!!

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  3. My boyfriend is going to love this!

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  4. Hi Mary, I have used your site a couple of times but have not sat down and just looked at your recipes until today. Oh this will be one of my favorites for any type of recipe as I'm a southern girl who likes to keep it hot in the kitchen to. I only wish that I had a large family to cook for. I do cook for myself and whenever I get the chance I take food somewhere. I laugh and tell folks that my mother would roll over in her grave if she knew that I had picked up something at the grocery store or deli, or went empty handed. Ok, back to business, I saw the recipe for hash brown casserole and wanted to let you try my variation. Basically it is the same as yours but with a little zest. I've never used the crumb topping and I leave out the sour cream. I add a can of Rotel tomatoes minus most of the liquid. I usually just spoon the tomatoes from the can but I've have been known to add the liquid. Just depends on my mood. Then drizzle a little melted butter on the top before placing in the oven (watch the amount of butter in the recipe because with the cheddar it can be greasy). It usually has to bake for well over an hour, I just watch for it to be brown and bubbly all over. My favorite way to serve this is with fresh peas, some type of greens, tomatoes and cornbread. I hope you give it a try and enjoy.

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  5. Thanks Liz - I love Rotel so I will definitely try that one!

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  6. I make this recipe for our tailgate parties at UK football games. I have to multiply it X6 to feed our group. I also tried substituting a cheese cracker(Goldfish,Cheese Nips,Cheez-It)in place of the Ritz and loved it. Great recipe. Love your site and your Pinterest page. Top notch!!

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