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Sour Cream Hash Brown Casserole

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Indulge in the ultimate comfort food experience with our Sour Cream Hash Brown Casserole. Creamy, cheesy, and oh-so-satisfying, this dish is a crowd-pleaser that will have everyone coming back for seconds.

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Today I am sharing with you my great grandmother’s recipe. It has been a perfect side dish in our family for the last 4 generations, and today we share it with you.

She updated this great recipe in the later years of her life to use frozen hash browns instead of fresh potatoes like they used when she was younger. 

But that is one modern convenience update that makes perfect sense.

You could bake or boil potatoes, let them cool, shred them, and then use them in this recipe. Or you could buy packaged shredded hash browns that are already prepped for you and use them in this recipe.

That makes it easy with just minutes of prep time without giving up any flavor.

Frozen hash browns are fresh, perfectly cut, and never soggy. They are the best way to get perfect and easy potatoes in this recipe.

Whether you serve these cheesy potatoes for breakfast, brunch, or as a side dish for dinner, this dish is always a hit.

All ingredients laid out on counter for hash brown casserole

What Ingredients Are in Hash Brown Casserole with Sour Cream?

  • Frozen Shredded Hash Browns: a modern shortcut that gives the hearty base for the cheesy hash brown potato casserole .
  • Sour Cream: this adds creaminess and tanginess to the dish; use full fat for the most flavor!
  • Cream of Chicken Soup: canned soup is an easy way to add creaminess and flavor to the cheesy hash brown casserole .
  • Yellow Onion: this adds savory depth and aroma.
  • Cheddar Cheese: adds a rich and gooey cheese factor to this hash brown potato casserole with sour cream .
  • Paprika: gives a touch of color and subtle smokiness.

Pro Tips:

  • Experiment with different cheeses for a customized flavor profile in this hash brown sour cream casserole.
  • You can use a different type of soup in this cheesy potato casserole, but it will give a very strong different flavor. For example, cream of mushroom soup will add a strong mushroom taste while cream of celery soup will add a heavier vegetable taste.
hash browns, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, onion, and cheddar cheese in a bowl unmixed.

How to Make Creamy Hash Brown Casserole:

  1. Combine hash browns and all the other ingredients except paprika in a large bowl.
  2. Pour into a 9×13 casserole dish.
  3. Sprinkle paprika on top.
  4. Bake until the top of the casserole is golden and bubbly.

Pro Tips:

  • Allow the casserole to rest for a few minutes after baking to allow the flavors to meld.
  • For an extra crispy top, broil the casserole for a few minutes before serving.
Hash brown casserole mixed in the bowl

Do I Thaw My Potatoes Before Using in Casserole?

No, you do not need to thaw your potatoes before using them in this cheesy hashbrown casserole recipe. You can use frozen hash browns directly from the freezer; they are washed, evenly cut, and ready to use.

Can You Make Sour Cream Hash Brown Casserole Ahead of Time?

Yes, you can make this hash brown casserole up to a day in advance and refrigerate it until ready to bake. Cover it tightly with foil before storing.

Hash Brown casserole mixture spread out in casserole pan

How to Store Sour Cream Hash Brown Casserole:

Store any leftover paprika hash brown casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through.

Can You Freeze Sour Cream Hash Brown Casserole?

Yes, you can freeze this hash brown casserole! You can freeze it before or after baking.

Wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and foil before freezing. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating or cooking as directed.

Pro Tip: Make extra to keep in a freezer safe baking dish and you can cook it from frozen. Just remove the plastic wrap, cover with aluminum foil, and add about an hour to the cooking time.

paprika sprinkled on top of casserole, unbaked

What Protein Can You Add to Sour Cream Hash Brown Casserole?

If you are looking for a protein to add to this hash brown casserole, you can mix in cooked bacon, ham, or breakfast sausage before baking. That will give you a heartier main dish casserole or a perfect breakfast casserole.

Pro Tip: Sprinkle the top with green onions for color, or add crushed corn flakes before cooking for a vintage dish.

When to Serve Sour Cream Hash Brown Casserole:

This paprika hash brown casserole is a great dish to serve at any occasion. It can be a delicious breakfast or brunch option, or a comforting side dish alongside your favorite main course.

This is sometimes called funeral potatoes since it is a classic dish served with salad, rolls, and ham ad church funerals. But we also serve it at holiday dinners.

Fresh baked hash brown casserole in pan

What to Serve with Sour Cream Hash Brown Casserole:

Serve this hash brown casserole with paprika with a fresh green salad, seasonal fruit, or your favorite breakfast meats for a well-rounded meal. No matter what you serve it with, this is the best part of the meal.

This dish is so versatile you could serve it at a brunch or a dinner.

If serving at a brunch we recommend serving it with Banana Cornbread, Glazed Fruit Salad, Homemade Applesauce in Crockpot, Old Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits and Watermelon Mint Salad.

If serving this dish at a dinner, we recommend serving it with these other side dishes: 4 Bean Salad, Avocado and Melon Salad, Carrot Noodles, Gluten Free Zucchini Fritters and Tuna Potato Salad.

Is Sour Cream Hash Brown Casserole Healthy?

This sour cream hashbrown casserole dish is indulgent and rich, which usually means it is not healthy. But you can make it a little healthier by using low-fat sour cream and reduced-fat cheese.

Or you can use portion control, this can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet.

Baked frozen hash brown casserole with a spatula scooping a portion out.

Is Sour Cream Hash Brown Casserole Gluten-Free?

Yes, this cheesy hash brown casserole recipe is gluten-free when using gluten-free cream of chicken soup. Be sure to check the labels of all ingredients to make sure they are gluten-free before serving your friends and family with a medically restrictive diet.

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Additional Potato Dishes You’ll Love…

Whether you need an easy recipe for your weeknight family dinner or are looking for something to bring to a potluck, this sour cream hash brown casserole will be one of the best things on the table any time you serve it.

Yield: 8 Servings

Sour Cream Hash Brown Casserole

Baked frozen hash brown casserole with a spatula scooping a portion out.

Indulge in creamy comfort with our Sour Cream Hash Brown Casserole. Easy and delicious, this dish is perfect for breakfast or a side.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  1. Mix all together except paprika and put in a 9x13 casserole dish.
  2. Top with a sprinkle of paprika. Bake at 350*F for 40 minutes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 199mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

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Friday 10th of May 2024

The Sour Cream Hash Brown Casserole was out of this world! It was the perfect side dish for our family brunch, creamy and cheesy with just the right crunch on top.


Thursday 9th of May 2024

I love how simple this recipe is! Makes a great side dish or a pot luck dish


Thursday 9th of May 2024

Waking up to this is like a holiday! Creamy and delicious, such a perfect comfort food!

Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

Thursday 9th of May 2024

This dish became one of my all-time favorite comfort foods! The combination of flavors make it a truly indulgent and satisfying! I'll be making this dish on repeat constantly!


Wednesday 8th of May 2024

One of our family's all time favorite sides. We make it also every holiday

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