Those of you that know me personally, know that I love potatoes! I really love potatoes. Cracker Barrel's Hashbrown Casserole is no exception! It's one of my favorites. So much so, that I am sure to order it no matter what time of day we are there!
Since we're not real close to a Cracker Barrel, we don't have the opportunity to enjoy their menu as often as I would like. Last year, while chatting with my friend Lisa about our Christmas menus, we both decided we wanted to find a copycat recipe for Hashbrown Casserole.
As we both searched, we were getting a little discouraged. We kept finding recipes that used some "cream of" soup and we knew that just couldn't be right. Don't get me wrong, I love the convenience of adding those condensed soups to recipes. But that wasn't the flavor either of us were going for in our casseroles.
At the end of our search, we both emailed the recipe that I'm sharing with you today to each other. Great minds, right? (Sorry, I don't have the link to the original recipe.)
- 26 oz. bag country-style hashbrowns
- 2 cups Colby-Jack Cheese, shredded
- 1/4 cup onion, minced
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup beef stock or canned broth
- 2 Tbs. butter, melted
- dash garlic powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine hashbrowns, cheese, and onions.
- Combine, in a separate bowl, the milk, broth, 1/2 of the butter, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix well, then pour over the hashbrown/cheese mixture and mix well.
- Heat the remaining butter in a skillet.
- When the skillet is hot, spoon in the potato mixture.
- Cook hashbrowns, stirring occasionally, until heated through and all cheese is melted. (about 7 minutes)
- Transfer to a baking dish and put in the oven to bake for 45 minutes to an hour.
On Christmas morning, Joe and I made up two batches of the recipe only making one change. We used Colby-Jack Cheese instead of the suggested Colby Cheese, since that's what we were able to get our hands on. When we made a third batch a few days later, we again followed the recipe with our one simple change.
I'm really surprised that this hasn't been a part of our menu plan since the holidays. I'm including it in this week's menu plan and I'm sure we'll be serving this for our Christmas Brunch again this year!
I'm linking this post to the following blog carnivals and linky parties:
- Delicious Dishes
- Made From Scratch Tuesday
- Slightly Indulgent Tuesday
- Making a Home
- Tempt My Tummy Tuesday
- Tasty Tuesdays
- Let's Do Brunch
- Your Whims Wednesday
- What's Cooking Wednesday
- Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday
- Ultimate Recipe Swap
- Turning the Table Thursday