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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Recipe: Killer Hashbrown Casserole

This is the "awesome" potato casserole that I told you I was making for Easter dinner.  My mother-in-law shared the recipe with me (she knows I love it when she makes it!), but the recipe originally came from her niece in Minnesota.
It's really a no-fail recipe.  I've altered amounts of ingredients (within reason) depending what I had on-hand, and this "Killer Hashbrown Casserole" always seems to turn out deliciously.
It's definitely a special-occasion recipe for our family... being a little too rich for everyday -- though my son told me that he thinks I should make it 2-3 times a week.  Ummmm... No.  Not happening.  Nice to know he enjoys it as much as I do, though!

I hope you'll enjoy it too!



Killer Hashbrown Casserole 

2 lbs. frozen "Southern Style" (diced) hashbrowns
2 can cream of celery soup
1 T. dehydrated onion flakes
8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
8 oz. cubed "original" Velveeta
1 pt. sour cream
1 tsp. salt
1 stick margarine, melted
crushed cornflakes to make 2 cups

Allow hashbrowns to thaw a little -- particularly if you're baking immediately.

Mix all but margarine and cornflakes together well, and place in a 9x13 pan (or larger -- I actually use a rectangular pyrex pan that is a bit larger than 9x13, and it's FULL!)  Melt margarine, and drizzle over potato mixture.  Sprinkle crushed cornflakes on top.  Bake uncovered, 1 hour at 350F.

Most recently, for Easter, I made this casserole the day before (minus the margarine and cornflakes) and refrigerated until I was ready to bake on Easter Sunday.  Then, I added the margarine and cornflakes, and popped it in the oven.  The casserole was bubbling-hot after an hour in the oven, and since you bake UNcovered, the cornflakes are a crunchy topping!  Delish.

This is such a simple dish to have ready ahead of time, making dinner-time oh-so-easy!


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11 comments:

  1. This looks amazing! I love potatoes and cheesy things so this looks like it could easily become a household fave here. :)

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  2. This looks AMAZIING!!!!! ( I feel like I need some more exclamation points) :)

    Have a great day rock star!
    karianne

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  3. Yum! That sounds like something my family would love! I'm pinning the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Project Inspire{d}.

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  4. Hi Sally, I'm stopping by and following from the Bloglovin blog hop and I just printed out your recipe that's to die for! This looks amazing, I can't wait to try it!! ~ Amy

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  5. Just the other day my students and I were talking about Hashbrown Casserole. They had made some for lunch and couldn't believe I'd never tried it. The one they made had meat in it so I couldn't try it but I'm pinning this so I can make it later.

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  6. Hi Sally, Oh boy would I love a plate of your Killer Hashbrown Casserole! YUM! Thank you so much for linking your great recipe to Inspiration Cafe's Link party! Pinning!

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  7. Mmmmm baby. That looks and sounds so good!! I bet I could add some jalapenos in there too for a little spice!

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  8. Oh Sally how I wish I could make this - what is Velveeta and what could I use in place of it? Also what soup could I substitute? We dont get celery soup in New Zealand but my kids love hashbrowns, I have loads in the freezer, and I would love to try this. Thank you so much for lining up to Inspiration cafe xx Nat

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    1. Not sure if you'll see this, Natalie, but Velveeta is a block of processed cheese that is made to melt well and stay pretty smooth. I found a recipe for a Velveeta substitute but haven't tried it yet. But the recipe creator tested many versions before she came up with this, so it's probably worth a try:
      http://www.momables.com/momveeta-i-cant-believe-its-not-block-cheese/

      For soup, do you have other canned soups available to you there? If so, maybe try using cream of potato soup (or cream of mushroom, for a little different flavor) and add some celery salt, omitting the 1 t. salt in the recipe above.

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  9. This is so different from our standard hashbrown casserole and I think I like the addition of mozzarella and celery soup! Thanks for sharing it at the Inspiration Cafe and I'm happy to be following you via GFC!

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  10. Looks great - came over from Spatulas on Parade to check out, Alice x

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I read each and every one, and truly enjoy "conversations" with you! ~Sally

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