Cracker Barrel Potato Casserole/Hash Browns Casserole - Copycat
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- Ready In:
- 1 (2 lb) bag frozen southern style hash brown potatoes
- 1⁄2 cup onion, chopped fine
- Aunt Jane's Krazy Mixed Up Salt, to taste (avail. at JanesKrazy.com) or mccormick's Season-All salt
- 1⁄2 cup melted butter (or margarine)
- 1 1⁄2 - 2 cups colby cheese (I love cheese-but in this case, more is not necessarily better) or 1 1/2-2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded (I love cheese-but in this case, more is not necessarily better)
- 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of chicken soup (sometimes I substitute cream of mushroom or cream of celery soups)
- Spray a 13" X 9" X 2" baking pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
- In a bowl, combine soup, cheese, butter, onion, salt, and pepper. (or one of mixed season salts from above).
- Gently fold the potatoes into the mixture and pour into prepared pan.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes, until heated through and top is browned.
- Note: If you're looking for a one-dish meal you can add ham to this recipe.
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This was simply WONDERFUL! I didn't have any seasoned salt, so I omitted it. I made another substitution by necessity..didn't have any frozen hash browns, so I made some from fresh potatoes. About half way through the cooking I peeked in and saw that they were browning on the bottom but the potatoes weren't cooking. I needed to add water. DUH! I can't remember exactly how much I added, so I'll redo this review when I make it again. I'll also use less butter next time. These hash browns are to die for.... truly!
I only use a 1lb 10 oz bag of frozen shredded potatoes. Because we like onions I saute a medium size onion in 1/4 stick of butter before adding them to the mixture. I also add a 8 oz container of sour cream and salt and pepper instead of the season salt. About half way through cooking I stir everything and about 10 minutes before it is done I add more cheese to the top and let it melt. I found that using the 2 lb bag doesn't make for a creamy casserole, the way we like it anyway. I've made it using different soups and I prefer either cream of mushroom or chicken. It all comes down to what you like and your own tastes.