Easter Brunch Idea: Southern Hash Brown Casserole

For Easter this year, I’ve partnered with Ore-Ida and Collective Bias to create this
Southern Hash Brown Casserole.  Easter Brunch just wouldn’t be the same without this classic casserole! #OreIdaHashbrown #CollectiveBias

Southern Hash Brown Casserole: This classic, easy casserole is perfect for holiday gatherings! #OreIdaHashbrown  #shopWhat are your favorite Easter traditions?  Do you have a big family gathering or just lay low for the weekend?  As a kid, we’d always load up the family car and make the 4 1/2 hour drive from Charleston, SC to visit my grandparents in upstate South Carolina.  I remember feeling like that trip took forever!  I’d pack a duffle bag full of books, comics, games, and even a map.  (I liked to watch the exit names on the highway and then try to follow along on the map.  Hey, I was a weird kid.)

In hindsight, I think the trip always felt like it took forever simply because I knew the weekend would be full of good food and fun times with the family.  I have a bunch of cousins on that side of the family, and we’d all gather at our grandparents house for Easter.  For a kid in elementary school, that meant instant fun from early in the morning until late at night!

Southern Hash Brown Casserole: This classic, easy casserole is perfect for holiday gatherings! #OreIdaHashbrown  #shopEaster was always one of my favorite holidays.  It marked the return of warmer weather, fresh flowers, and of course the annual Easter Egg Hunt! On Easter morning, my grandmother along with my aunts and uncles would head out to the yard and hide Easter eggs all over the place.  My grandparents lived on several acres, so the annual Easter Egg Hunt was kind-of a big deal.  The younger kids would go to the frontyard where the Easter eggs would be laying on the sidewalk while the older kids (and other non-scaredy cats) would go the backyard.

I’m not gonna lie…some of those eggs were hard to find.  In fact, I bet some of them are still there.  So if you happen to now live on West Road in Belton, SC, you might want to feel around in the rafters of the old hen house.  You might find a good surprise.  (That is, if a 25-year old Easter egg full of jelly beans is your kinda thing.) While that old Easter candy might not be so good anymore, what is delicious is this recipe for my grandmother’s Southern Hash Brown Casserole!

Southern Hash Brown Casserole: This classic, easy casserole is perfect for holiday gatherings! #OreIdaHashbrown  #shopMy grandma was a great cook.  She was a wonderful Southern lady who could whip up a mean batch of buttermilk biscuits or a fresh peach cobbler.  In fact, I called her “Sweet,” and I’d guess that name came from all of the delicious foods that she’d make for us.  I still recreate many of her classic recipes, and one of my all-time favorites is this Southern Hash Brown Casserole.  After the Easter Egg Hunt, we’d all file inside for Easter brunch, and I knew I could count on this casserole making an appearance.  As far as I’m concerned, this casserole is the ultimate comfort food.  It’s loaded with potatoes, cheese, and all sorts of delicious seasonings.  And it’s topped with a crust made out of crispy rice cereal.  (As a kid, I was always in awe of using cereal in an actual recipe!)

Ore-Ida Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes #OreIdaHashbrown  #shopThe other day, I was doing my weekly grocery store run at Walmart and I walked past the Ore-Ida Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes.  Since Easter is just around the corner, I thought of my grandma’s Southern Hash Brown Casserole.  I haven’t made this casserole in years, and I immediately knew that it needed to make an appearance in my kitchen!  Woah, I’d forgotten how delicious this casserole is, too.  It brings back some wonderful childhood memories, and I suspect that this casserole will begin making yearly appearances at Easter again.  

I may live a long way away from upstate South Carolina now, but this casserole still channels those delicious “down-home Southern cookin’” flavors.  It’s a staple on my Easter brunch menu, and I hope it becomes a favorite of yours, too!

Speaking of Easter brunch food, I noticed that my buddy Chris over at Shared Appetite whipped up an amazing looking Gluten-Free Spinach and Bacon Quiche with Hashbrowns Crust.  I think that quiche may show up in my kitchen in the near future!  Now it’s your turn.  What are your favorite Easter Brunch traditions?

Easter Brunch Idea: Southern Hash Brown Casserole

Ingredients

    For the Casserole
  • 5 slices (~4 ounces) thick-cut bacon
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup white onion, diced
  • 1 (30-ounce) bag frozen Ore-Ida Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes, fully thawed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 (10.5-ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Colby jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • For the Topping
  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal, crushed
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • green onions, for garnish

Instructions

    For the Casserole
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9"x13" casserole dish; set aside.
  2. Using a large frying pan, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crispy. Transfer cooked bacon to paper towels and pat dry. Crumble the bacon into a large bowl.
  3. Meanwhile, in a separate pan, sauté the onion in the melted butter for 4-5 minutes. Transfer onion and butter into the bowl with the bacon.
  4. Add all of the remaining casserole ingredients to the bowl. Stir until well combined.
  5. Transfer the mixture into the greased casserole dish.
  6. For the Topping
  7. In a medium bowl, combine the cereal and melted butter. Spread cereal mixture evenly over the top of the casserole.
  8. Bake casserole uncovered for 45-50 minutes at 350°F.
  9. Remove casserole and let cool for 5 minutes. Garnish with green onions before serving.
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Comments

  1. I cant say no to a good hashbrown casserole!

  2. That is such a great memory David! How lucky you parents only lived 4 1/2 hours away! As for this casserole, well I would rather have this then jelly bean filled eggs any day!

    • Haha! I totally agree, Tanya. I would give anything to go back and relive those years as a kid. All you had to worry about was finding Easter Eggs and what cartoon to watch on tv!

  3. Hash brown casserole was a staple in my house when I was a kid. My mom was always jazzing it up with whatever leftover protein was in the fridge. I loved MOST of them… except for the meatloaf version! LOL

    • Haha…meatloaf casserole? Sounds…uhhh…interesting. :-) But a good hashbrown casserole is pretty much one of my favorite comfort food side dishes ever!

  4. I love hash browns- so this dish looks perfect for me to try out! :)

  5. Hash brown casserole was a staple in my house as well, it still brings back so many (good) memories. Never had it with Rice Krispies on top, I’m intrigued…as always great job man!

  6. I love a good Easter Egg hunt. As a kid I would get a bit of pre-hunt anxiety bc I was so excited for the thrill of the chase and wanted to make sure I was the one who found the most eggs. I had no shame of throwing a couple elbows and pushing those weaker than I to the ground in order to get that egg in the distance. Haha, just kidding. Kind of.

    And thanks for the shout-out man! Much appreciated. This casserole looks really great. Aren’t grandma’s the best cooks?!

    • Anytime, Chris! Brothers gotta stick together, right? And I’m curious…do the elbows come out during a rowdy game of Settlers? Because if so, I think you need some elbow pads. Or a straight jacket.

  7. We are big fans of a hash brown casserole. I love that you used shredded potatoes, rather than those cubed ones. I think my husband can kill one of these all by himself. This would be perfect for Easter :D

  8. I’ve never thought to use rice cereal on a hashbrown casserole but it looks delicious. I’ll have to try it next time we make our cheesy one! #client

    • I love using rice cereal on casseroles, Alicia! It gives a wonderful crunchy texture that works quite well if I say so myself. :-) Plus, if you have leftover rice cereal…you can make rice crispy treats for dessert!

  9. My favorite Easter traditional food is deviled eggs. I know, that is SO lame, but I only get them on Easter and I love them. Your casserole looks ah-mazing and I love the addition of crunchy crispy rice cereal on top! #client

    • Thanks so much, Summer! Funny that you mention deviled eggs because they also showed up every year at Easter brunch at Grandma’s house. I had forgotten about that until you mentioned it…now I need to go make a batch! Thanks for the kind words…and Happy Easter! :-)

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