Sunday, April 4, 2010

Ultra Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

Move over Cracker Barrel copycats - this is my ultra ultra cheesy hash brown casserole and it started as an accident!

Ultra Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

This Ultra Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole was born from a mistake, but in the end it proved to be a good mistake. I had been trying to cook through my pantry and freezer to sort of spring clean out the old, so I can bring in the new. One thing that was taking up space and constantly falling out on me when I opened the freezer, was a one pound bag of frozen hash brown potatoes, so I decided to make a hash brown casserole as a side dish for supper one evening.

Since I didn't want to make a full 9 x 13 inch pan just for us, and I only had the one pound of hash brown potatoes anyway, my original intent was to cut the casserole in half from the holiday recipe. I went about putting everything together and then realized I had used some of the original measurements of ingredients, and not halved them, including the full two cups of the original amounts of cheese!

The result was a keeper. Rich, decadent, and just heavenly, and while you may not want to eat this side dish on a daily basis, it sure turned out mighty good and, in my opinion, worthy of the holidays and so, it's own spot here. Go ahead and double it for the holidays. It'll be completely decadent and delightful.

Recipe: Ultra Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 45 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 can of Campbell's condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama), or to taste, optional
  • 1 pound bag of frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, slightly thawed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9 x 9 inch glass baking dish with butter or non-stick spray.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat, and saute the onion until soft, but not browned. Turn heat to low and stir in the soup, cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper and Cajun seasoning, until well blended. Remove skillet from heat and add the shredded potatoes; mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings; turn out into prepared baking dish.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 45 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Double this for the holidays for a 9 x 13 inch casserole.


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