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Easy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe with Corn Flakes

This Easy Hash Brown Casserole recipe is the ultimate comfort food made with frozen hash brown, extra cheddar cheese, and a crunchy corn flake topping! Perfect for holidays, funerals, or any get-together!

a wooden spoon scooping out a piece of hash brown casserole

Cheesy Goodness

Cheese and potatoes are made for each other! And a well-known restaurant with rocking chairs taught us just how much we love when these two are made into a casserole. Sometimes known as funeral potatoes, this Easy Hash Brown Casserole is the most delicious, cheesy, and comforting side dish or breakfast to fill your belly! It’s easy to make with frozen hash browns and a few simple ingredients that only takes about 10 minutes before it’s ready to go in the oven. And the buttery corn flake topping makes it oh so yummy with a little crunch in each bite! This recipe is a potluck staple and always a crowd favorite with any holiday get-together like Christmas and Easter!

one slice of hash brown casserole on a plate with a full baking pan in the background

Ingredients

  • Frozen Hash Browns– this makes the dish much easier to make than shredding potatoes by hand. While you can do that too if you want, shredded frozen hash browns work just as well. Easily swap out cubbed potatoes for shredded if you prefer.
  • Cheddar Cheese– melty, cheddar cheese goes so well with potatoes and makes this dish extra comforting!
  • Corn Flakes and Butter– mixing these two together makes the ultimate crunchy topping to this dish. Easy to leave off if you do not want a topping.
  • Cream of Chicken Soup and Sour Cream– these make the potatoes extra creamy and rich. Cream of mushroom soup would taste similar as an alternative to the cream of chicken soup.
  • Onion Powder, Salt, and Pepper

How to make it

This is so easy to make. All you have to do is:

  1. Mix it all together– mix hash browns, cheddar cheese, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, 1/2 cup of butter, onion powder, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl. Pour all of this into a 9×13 inch pan and spread it out evenly.
  2. Make the topping– slightly crush up the corn flakes in a small bowl. Add in 1/4 cup of the remaining butter and mix it all together so that each piece has a little butter. This will help make it extra crunchy and delicious! Then sprinkle over the top of the hash brown mixture.
  3. Bake and eat– cover the dish and bake it for around 45 minutes. You’ll want the center to be warmed through. Then take the cover off and bake an additional 5-10 minutes to toast up the topping. Allow it to cool for a few minutes before digging in!
  4. Store– in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Frozen shredded or cubed hash browns

The best part about this dish is that it is made with frozen hash browns! No need to peel, cut, or shred potatoes by hand. The shape of the potato is really up to you. Both cubed and shredded work just as well in this recipe. Be sure it is thawed and drained well so there isn’t any extra water added to the mixture.

a fork full of hash brown casserole with the baking pan in the background

Variation ideas

There are a few different ways to add-in a little variety to this recipe. Some ideas are:

  • Add 1/2 cup extra cheddar cheese on top before adding the topping to make it really cheesy!
  • Use cream of mushroom soup or cream of celery soup in place of the cream of chicken soup.
  • Add some protein like cooked bacon, ham, or sausage to make it a meal.
  • Replace the corn flakes with Ritz crackers or Panko bread crumbs.
  • Try switching up the cheese with Colby, Mozzarella, or making it spicy with Monterey Jack.

Frequently asked questions

Can hash brown casserole be made ahead?

Yes, it easily can be made up to 3 days ahead. Just prepare as directed without adding the topping and store in a covered container in the refrigerator or freezer. When ready to serve, allow to thaw overnight, add the topping, and bake as directed.

How long does hash brown casserole last?

Hash brown casserole can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Why is it called funeral potatoes?

Funeral potatoes, or hash brown casserole, is a common popular dish in southern states that is often served at potlucks or funerals.

a fork in a baking dish with hash brown casserole with one slice on a plate

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a wooden spoon scooping out hash brown casserole in a baking dish

Easy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe with Corn Flakes

This Easy Hash Brown Casserole recipe is the ultimate comfort food made with frozen hash brown, extra cheddar cheese, and a crunchy corn flake topping! Perfect for holidays, funerals, or any get-together!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 331 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds frozen shredded hash browns thawed
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 10 1/2 ounces cream of chicken soup
  • 16 ounces sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup melted butter divided
  • 2 cups corn flakes

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir together hash browns, cheddar cheese, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, onion powder, salt, pepper, and 1/2 cup butter. Pour into baking pan.
  • In a small bowl, lightly crush corn flakes. Add remaining 1/4 cup butter and stir until the corn flakes are coated. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the hash brown casserole mixture.
  • Cover and bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 5-10 minutes until corn flakes are crispy.

Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be stored covered in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Make-ahead options: Prepare as directed without adding the topping and store in a covered container in the refrigerator or freezer. When ready to serve, allow to thaw overnight, add the topping, and bake as directed.
*Nutritional values and cook time vary due to differences in appliance temperatures and product selection.

Nutrition

Serving: 12gCalories: 331kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 7gFat: 28gSodium: 627mgSugar: 3g
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Nutrition Facts
Easy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe with Corn Flakes
Serving Size
 
12 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
331
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
28
g
43
%
Sodium
 
627
mg
27
%
Carbohydrates
 
15
g
5
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
7
g
14
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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