Cracker Barrel's Hashbrown Casserole is a beloved dish that has become synonymous with hearty, comforting breakfasts. Known for its creamy texture and cheesy goodness, this casserole is a crowd-pleaser that's perfect for family gatherings, brunches, or even as a delicious side dish. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to recreate this iconic dish in your own kitchen.

cracker barrel hashbrown casserole

Ingredients Overview

Here's what you'll need to get started:

Main Ingredients:

  • 1 (32 oz) package of frozen shredded hashbrowns
  • 1 can of condensed cream chicken soup
  • 2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

Optional Add-ins:

  • Cooked bacon bits
  • Diced ham
  • Chopped green onions
  • 1 cup of crushed cornflakes (for a crunchy topping)

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Preheat the Oven

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with butter or non-stick cooking spray.

Step 2: Prepare the Mixture

In a large mixing bowl, combine the thawed hashbrowns, melted butter, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, chopped onions, shredded cheddar cheese, salt, and pepper. If you're adding any optional ingredients, mix them in as well.

Step 3: Assemble the Casserole

Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish. Make sure it’s evenly distributed to ensure even cooking.

Step 4: Add Toppings (Optional)

If you prefer a crunchy topping, sprinkle crushed cornflakes over the top of the casserole.

Step 5: Bake

Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the casserole is bubbly.

Step 6: Cool and Serve

Let the casserole cool for about 10 minutes before serving. This will allow it to set and make it easier to cut into servings.

Tips for Success

  • Thaw the Hashbrowns: Make sure to thaw and drain the hashbrowns thoroughly to avoid excess moisture.
  • Cheese Matters: Use sharp cheddar for a more pronounced flavor, but feel free to mix in other cheeses like Monterey Jack or Gruyere for variety.
  • Customize It: Don't hesitate to customize the recipe with your favorite meats or veggies. This casserole is very versatile.
  • Baking Time: Keep an eye on the casserole during the last 10 minutes of baking to prevent it from getting too brown on top.

Serving Suggestions

This hashbrown casserole pairs wonderfully with:

  • Scrambled or fried eggs
  • Breakfast sausage or bacon
  • Fresh fruit salad
  • Toast or biscuits


There you have it—a simple yet delicious recipe for Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole that you can easily make at home. Whether you’re hosting a brunch or looking to spice up your breakfast routine, this dish is sure to impress. Give it a try and share your results with us!

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