Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole … my way!

I have shared my love of Cracker Barrel with you in the past and the disappointing fact that there are none in California 😦  The hubby and I took a little Arizona spring break trip a few weeks ago … you know what that meant … a Cracker Barrel stop!  These are my three rules that must be followed at the stop … shop the store, eat some fried apples and hash brown casserole.  Well … I didn’t get enough hash brown casserole … decided to make it at home!  I have made it before using a copycat recipe … this time I changed it up … partly by choice … part because the grocery store was out of shredded hash browns!  This resulted in a new favorite at my house … Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole … my way …

Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole Copycat

Since my grocery store was out of frozen shredded hash browns, I bought the cube shaped ones … Ore Ida called them “southern style”, but I’m sure that any frozen hash browns would work just fine.  Basically, this is potatoes and cheese … two of my favorite things!

Hash Brown Casserole

A large cast iron skillet was the perfect choice for Hash Brown Casserole, but a baking dish works great too!  I did lighten things up a little bit by using low-fat sour cream and low-fat/low sodium soup, regular works just fine if you choose it.

We ate this with Easter Sunday brunch and leftovers with dinner a few days later … it’s big and super simple!

Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole – the SweetSimpleStuff way

  • 1 (2-pound) package frozen hash browns (I used cubed), thawed
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (I used a sweet onion)
  • 1 cup low-fat (light) sour cream
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed “healthy choice” cream of chicken soup (low-fat, low sodium)
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese (I used sharp cheddar) – divided
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.  Spray a 12″ cast iron skillet or a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.  Spread the potatoes in the pan.  Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Melt butter in a medium bowl in the microwave.  Add sour cream and soup, mix well.  Mix in onions and 1 cup of the cheese, then spread over the potatoes.  Sprinkle with remaining 2 cups of cheese.
  3. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until completely warm and the cheese is melted.  If you want a golden brown top … carefully broil for a few minutes, it browns quick!

recipe adapted from CopyKat Recipes

Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole My Version

This is what I order at Cracker Barrel …

Cracker Barrel Dessert

I consider the hash brown casserole as my main dish, then eat my biscuit covered with fried apples as dessert … call me crazy if you want, but I have convinced others to “make dessert” too 😉

We did a few more things on our trip … took a train to the Grand Canyon, drove thru the red rocks of Sedona and saw Montezuma’s Castle …

Grand Canyon Trip

We did get our “kicks on Route 66” … stayed at a “park in front of your room” motel, ate a “burger in a basket” while sitting at the counter of a diner and saw a ton of Mustangs on their way to Las Vegas for the Mustang 50th Anniversary celebration.  I was amazed at the wildlife in the Grand Canyon … squirrels that have become so accustomed to humans, very brazen!  We were eating lunch and watched these two little guys …

Grand Canyon Squirrels

They actually startled a couple that moved so quickly, that they didn’t even get a chance to pick up all of their trash.  Might be my favorite photo of the whole trip 🙂

This was my first trip to the Grand Canyon … AMAZING … highly recommend it!

Have you been to the Grand Canyon … or had Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole … what about fried apples on biscuits?

♦  I share my stuff with these fun parties ♦


6 thoughts on “Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole … my way!

  1. We have a Cracker Barrel right here in town. You should come and visit. 🙂
    I add Ortega chilies and use Cream of Potato soup in mine instead of the chicken.


  2. So cool, thanks for sharing your trip photos of the Grand Canyon. It is on my wish list of places to visit. This is an amazing looking Crackerbarrel hash browns. My boys would go nuts over this skillet recipe. Sharing and saving this as a pin as recipes that I want to try. Take Care, BAM


  3. ok so now i am craving your casserole and a couple of squirrels to enjoy it with! we’ve been to the grand canyon a long time ago-my hubby was too scared to stand on the edge and take in the whole view-LOL i thought it was breathtaking!


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