Cracker Barrel's Hash Browns Casserole - Copycat
photo by esteban
- Ready In:
- 1hr 10mins
- Preheat oven to 350*F.
- Mix potatoes, onion, celery and mushroom soups, and 1/2 of the cheese.
- Coat a 9" x 13" baking dish with spray oil.
- Spread mixture into dish.
- Sprinkle other 1/2 of cheese evenly over top.
- Dot margarine evenly over the cheese.
- Bake at 350*F for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until cheese starts to brown at peaks.
I made this casserole tonight and it was fantastic! My family and I love it. Per some reviewer suggestions, I lightly sauteed the onions along with 2 tsp fresh minced garlic before combining it in the unbaked hashbrown mixture. I found a 30oz bag of O'Reida hashbrowns(I guess the present economy motivated O'Reida to downsize a couple of ounces)at my local Walmart. I used the colby cheese as the recipe calls for and I highly recommend others do so instead of subbing cheddar cheese as some of the reviewers on here had done. I folded all the cheese in instead of reserving a portion for the top--just my preference. I also added a 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper which wasn't too salty for me but I am known for liking the salt! I baked at 350 and when it was done I put it under the broiler for 5 minutes to give it crispy exterior. Oh, and my casserole didn't turn out soupy--it really helps to let it sit about 5 minutes before dishing it out. Also, some reviewers didn't follow the instructions and used 1 small bag of hashbrowns which of course made their casserole a soggy mess. Why they even reviewed it is beyond me.
I haven't tried this particular recipe, however, I used to know a lady who worked at Cracker Barrel years ago, and she gave me the recipe for Hashbrown Casserole - shredded colby cheese is the secret ingredient! Most people think that cheddar cheese is what is used, but it's not. Also, the recipe that I have does not have mushroom or celery soup, but it does call for a can of cream of chicken soup and butter along with onions. All of this gets mixed up while the potatoes are frozen and takes about 1 1/2 hours to bake. Remember, COLBY is the key.
We always ordered the hash brown casserole when we went to Cracker Barrel and this recipe was very good too. I did use butter instead of margarine, all I had on hand, and shredded colby and monterey jack cheese. A very easy side dish that will work well with burgers or steak. Thank you kleigh83 for sharing this recipe. Made and reviewed for the Secret Ingredient tag game in the game forum.