Cheesy Breakfast Hashbrown Casserole

Perfect for feeding a crowd or a hungry family on the weekend, this hashbrown casserole is comforting, cheesy, full of fresh veggies, and can be made ahead!  As is, it’s vegetarian, but feel free to add some sausage, bacon or ham for some extra protein punch!

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BREAKFAST HASHBROWN CASSEROLE

Weekend breakfasts got you down?  I don’t know about you, but come Saturday morning, I’m exhausted from the week and just don’t have the energy or will to make a big breakfast.  But, I also really WANT a big breakfast.  You can see the problem going on here.

That’s why I love recipes like this super easy breakfast hashbrown casserole.  It comes together in just a few minutes, then just bakes away with hands-off cooking time.

PLUS, you can even make it ahead of time or freeze it!

Dishes like this are PERFECT for holiday mornings, when you’d much rather be spending time with your family that stuck in the kitchen for an hour.  You’ve all gone crazy for my Loaded Overnight Breakfast Casserole, and this one is just as good!

How to make breakfast hashbrown casserole

HOW TO MAKE A BREAKFAST HASHBROWN CASSEROLE

  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  • Whisk together wet ingredients.
  • Combine dry ingredients (like hashbrowns, cheese, etc).
  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Bake about 45 minutes until set and golden.

Seriously so easy right?

FLAVOR VARIATIONS IN BREAKFAST HASHBROWN CASSEROLE

  • Breakfast meats -This version is vegetarian, but you don’t have to keep it that way if you’d rather add some breakfast meats!  Bacon, ham, sausage… go for it!
  • Cheeses – I like the mix of flavors in the Mexican blend cheese, but switch it up if you’d like!  Cheddar, mozzarella, colby… all would be delicious, or try a mix!
  • Veggies – I’ve added some of my favorites to this recipe, but there are SO many veggies you could add.  Go with whatever you have on hand, or what looks great at the grocery store.
  • Toppings – One of my favorite ways to enjoy this breakfast casserole is to add some salsa or sour cream, but a hollandaise sauce is great too!  This is one of my favorite (and EASY – I promise) recipes for it.

Serving a scoop of breakfast casserole from baking dish

MAKING HASHBROWN CASSEROLE AHEAD OF TIME

There are two routes you can go with making this dish ahead of time.  Refrigerated, and frozen.

REFRIGERATED

  • Complete steps 1-4, sprinkle cheese over the top, cover tightly with foil (I like to use both plastic wrap and foil just to be sure), and refrigerate overnight.
  • The reason you want to cover the dish tightly is so the casserole doesn’t dry out.
  • An assembled and unbaked casserole needs to be baked within 1-2 days of assembling.
  • Place baking dish on counter for 15-20 minutes to get closer to room temperature, bake as directed.

FROZEN

  • Complete steps 1-4, sprinkle cheese over the top, cover tightly with foil (I like to use both plastic wrap and foil just to be sure), and freeze.
  • I highly recommend making this hashbrown casserole in a disposable pan, so your good baking dish isn’t lost to the freezer!
  • Casserole can be frozen up to 2 months.
  • To thaw, place in refrigerator overnight.
  • Place baking dish on counter for 15-20 minutes to get closer to room temperature, bake as directed.

Serving of hashbrown casserole on white plate

WHAT TO SERVE WITH BREAKFAST HASHBROWN CASSEROLE

  • Fruit – I love to lighten this dish up with some fresh seasonal fruits served alongside.  Melons, grapes, berries, etc.
  • Breakfast meats – All kinds of breakfast meats (like bacon, ham, sausage, etc) work really well alongside a hashbrown casserole.
  • Bread – A nicely toasted English muffin is also wonderful alongside this dish.  Toast, muffins, or biscuits work as well!

Hashbrown casserole topped with salsa

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Cheesy Breakfast Hashbrown Casserole

Packed with fresh veggies and plenty of cheese, this casserole is the epitome of comfort food!
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 358
Recipe Author The Chunky Chef

Ingredients

  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream , feel free to use a little more for a creamier texture
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups shredded frozen hashbrowns (about half of a 32 oz bag) , thawed
  • 1 cup diced bell peppers (any color, or a mix)
  • 1/2 cup diced white onion
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup minced jalapeno (optional)
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese , divided
  • minced parsley or chives for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Butter a 3 quart baking dish and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, heavy cream, salt, and pepper until combined. Set aside.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine thawed hashbrowns, peppers, onion, tomatoes, jalapenos (if using), and 2 cups of cheese. Spread mixture evenly in the bottom of prepared baking dish.
  • Evenly pour the egg mixture into the baking dish, using a wooden spoon to make sure all of the hashbrown mixture is coated.
  • Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown and set in the center. If top is browning too much before center is set, cover with foil.
  • Top with chives or parsley and enjoy!

Notes

Additional topping options include sour cream, salsa, jalapeno slices.
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9 comments on “Cheesy Breakfast Hashbrown Casserole”

  1. I love putting hashbrowns in breakfast casseroles. This one is delicious!

  2. This hashbrown casserole couldn’t look any more perfect!

  3. I’ll be digging up my potatoes from the garden in just a few days and will definitely be trying this recipe! Yum!

  4. Wow! I know what I will be enjoying for breakfast tomorrow! This looks hands down delicious!

  5. mmm..this looks incredibly delicious!! YUM!!!

  6. The only way to start the day!!!

  7. Can’t think of a better way to start the day than this comforting casserole!

  8. This looks awesome… Even for ‘breakfast for supper’ nights!