Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

The month of December is flying by! How is it really almost Christmas already? I always have so many ideas about the baking, cooking, parties, and events we'll get to this time of year. And maybe half of it happens. Maybe less. Inevitably there are surprises, some welcome (spontaneous afternoons at the mall), some not so much (like colds!). No matter what I actually get to on my "list" I try my best just to soak up the days as they come. Kids grow way too fast, and I think every day is an opportunity to make memories with mine. Whether it's a low key day on the couch because someone isn't feeling well, or loading up in the car with a best friend to eat treats at the mall and visit the Disney Store and Build A Bear for a new friend. (P.S. Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Strawberries. Yes.)

I have fit in a few new recipes, other than just cookies and sweet treats, this month and this cheesy, creamy, crowd pleasing hashbrown casserole was one of them! It tasted very much like a "Loaded Baked Potato" casserole with that creamy cheesy, sour cream flavored sauce, and the addition of the bacon pieces on top. Feel free to sprinkle on some green onions too if you like them! This would be great at a potluck. Easy to make ahead and pull out to bake when you're ready as well - which is always a time saver!

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole adapted from Genius Kitchen

2-lbs frozen southern style Hashbrowns (do not thaw)
1 10.25-oz can cream of chicken soup
1 pint (16-oz) sour cream
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 - 3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
5-6 slices bacon

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Combine all ingredients, except bacon, in the casserole dish and stir gently to combine. When evenly mixed, smooth out the top and bake in the pre-heated oven for 45 minutes - 60 minutes, or until bubbly and lightly golden brown around the edges and top.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the bacon over medium to medium-high heat until crispy. Drain on paper towels, then rough chop into desired sized pieces.
  4. When casserole is baked, remove from oven and sprinkle the chopped bacon over the top before serving.


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