Homemade Hash Brown Casserole

A holiday favorite, Hash Brown Casserole is traditionally made with canned cream of chicken or mushroom soup.  Not this version, all the ingredients are from scratch for a healthier, lower sodium side dish you won’t feel guilty about feeding your family.  Still rich and creamy, but an elevated version of the classic dish. One of everyone’s favorite side dishes and still topped with cornflakes, of course. 🙂

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You know I’m all about the sides.  Holiday dinners always have the most stellar side dishes that sometimes overshadow the main dish. That’s cool.  I’ll take it all.  Especially if everything is made from fresh ingredients and from scratch.  SCRATCH.  Meaning, no convenience foods what.so.ever.  Do you hear me?  No canned soup my friends….just toss it out the door.  I know it’s quick and convenient but it’s just not good.  It’s not.  Don’t even pretend that it is.  Now, don’t get me wrong….the classic Hash Brown Casserole is delish made with the canned soup but would you eat the soup alone….without anything added?  Would you take a spoonful of the gelatinous gray matter and pop it in your mouth….and not spit it out?  I bet now.  So….like the wine rule…don’t cook with any wine you wouldn’t drink….don’t cook with food you wouldn’t eat by itself.  (Flour, nutmeg, garlic powder….that doesn’t count…I’m talking convenience foods here.)

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I took it upon myself to come up with a healthier (not really healthy) version of Hash Brown Casserole just in time for Christmas.  Just in time to serve it with my Riesling-Cranberry Glazed Spiral Ham.  I eliminated the canned soup altogether (if you didn’t already pick that little tidbit up) and replaced it a creamy béchamel-ish type sauce.  It was glorious!  I’m not foolin’.  You will love it.

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The sauce comes together in minutes and then it’s just a matter of mixing everything in a giant bowl and dumping it all into a baking dish.  All of this can be done up to 24 hours in advance.  Just cover and chill in the fridge for the night.  The next day, let the dish come to room temperature…whip up your cornflake topping and bake.  Done and done.  How awesome is that?  And I know what you’re thinking….the cornflakes.  They’re convenience…they’re processed.  Yeah, I know but if you’re ready to start making homemade cornflakes…just let me know.  We’ll take on that challenge together.  Me and you.  Let’s go.

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Homemade Hash Brown Casserole

This easy, from scratch Cracker Barrel copycat Homemade Hash Brown Casserole is one the family will beg for week after week
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Breakfast, brunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 250 kcal


  • 2 pounds frozen southern style hash browns thawed
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups low fat milk
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 vidalia onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 cup low fat greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups cornflakes crushed
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heatand whisk in the flour cooking until golden. Whisk in the milk and continue to cook until slightly thickened. Add the vegetable broth, nutmeg, garlic powder, salt and pepper and bring to a boil stirring constantly. Continue cooking until thickened. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • In a small sauté pan coated with cooking spray, sauté the onions until softened. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add the hash browns, béchamel sauce, onion mixture, cheese, and yogurt. Pour the mixture into a 13x9 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray and spread into an even layer.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the cornflakes and melted butter. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the potatoes and bake for 40 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Serve immediately


Serving: 1gCalories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 9gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 442mgPotassium: 348mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 490IUVitamin C: 10.6mgCalcium: 200mgIron: 2.1mg
Keyword casserole, hash brown, mashed potatoes
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19 comments on “Homemade Hash Brown Casserole”

  1. Oh I love the cornflakes on top…I bet they add a nice crunch

  2. I haven’t had hash brown casserole in forever, but this looks so good, now I’m going to be craving it all day!

  3. Oh, yes please. I like the “other” version – so I’d know I’d love this one. Comfort!

  4. Sides are where it’s at! The meal isn’t a meal without them! I adore this casserole!

  5. I LOVE hash browns – and I love that you can make this in advance. So good!

  6. Love that you added some Greek yogurt, makes it nice and creamy!

  7. This looks absolutely amazing! I could eat this for breakfast lunch and dinner!

  8. I love that this can be made in advance!! Such a delicious looking casserole.

  9. Oh yum…I love a good potato casserole!

  10. Love all of the extra seasonings you put in this casserole. Sonds delicious!

  11. Crunchy andcheesy potatoes! YES, puhlease!

  12. I have been looking for a good hashbrown casserole recipe and this is definitely the one!

  13. Hashbrown casserole is my favorite thing about the holidays. Carb + cheese…whats not to love?

  14. Love the sounds of your hash brown casserole. Sounds delicious. And yes, to kicking all canned soups to the curb – making soup from scratch is super fast and so much better!!!

  15. I’d eat this for dinner, breakfast or anytime in between. It looks like the ultimate comfort food!

  16. That would be so perfect for breakfast tomorrow!

  17. I’ve never heard of hashbrown casserole and the original doesn’t sound very appealing at all, but your version sounds great!

  18. Yes! Don’t cook with food that you wouldn’t eat by itself. That is my new mantra! Love this creamy goodness, so much more than my mom’s recipe (ssh don’t tell!). And that cornflake topping is like the icing on the cake!

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