Hash Brown Casseroles have had starring roles in some of the best occasions of my life: Family Reunions, Thanksgiving, Sunday Dinners at Grandmama’s House, Picnics, Potlucks, and Church Dinners. It’s pretty much an unwritten rule that if you have a gathering of any decent size in the south and do not include a hash brown casserole, you’re sure to be ostracized from the community and brought up on prayer lists at more than one congregation the next weekend.
There are two primary hash brown casserole recipes (although countless variations exist). The first one is what I think of as a “cheesy” hash brown casserole. This is the type that cracker barrel serves and my husband’s favorite. I posted that recipe nearly ten years ago so if you’d like too see it (as well as my beginning photography skills) please click here.
The second main type is what I am bringing you today. This one is also cheesy but it includes buttery Ritz crackers, cubed potatoes, and sour cream to up the flavor level to unbelievable. In case you haven’t guessed, this is my favorite version :).
To make this you’ll need: Frozen cubed hash browns, sour cream, Ritz crackers, Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream (full fat if possible), cream of celery (cream of chicken will work), butter, salt, and pepper.
This recipe includes my favorite instructions :Dump everything in a big bowl … except the cracker crumbs.
Stir until well incorporated.
Spoon into greased 9×13 pan and then sprinkle with cracker crumbs.
Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until bubbly.
Or, you can serve it with stuff 🙂 This is great as a side dish to any meal of the day.
- 2 pound package frozen cubed hash browns
- 16 ounce carton sour cream (full fat is best)
- 1 can cream of celery (cream of chicken works, too)
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ⅓ cup butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- ½ cup Ritz cracker crumbs (eat the rest of the box yourself, it’s a sacrifice but I believe in you!)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In large bowl, combine all ingredients except the cracker crumbs. Stir well until combined.
- Spoon into greased 9x13 casserole dish. Sprinkle cracker crumbs evenly over the top.
- Bake for 40 minutes, or until bubbly.