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5 from 11 votes

The Ultimate Hashbrown Casserole

A classic side or potluck dish, this hashbrown casserole truly is the ultimate version! Made with mouthwatering flavor add-ins and no condensed soups!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 485kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef

Ingredients

  • 30 oz bag frozen shredded hashbrown potatoes, thawed
  • 3 cups diced smoked sausage
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 2-3 Tbsp canned diced green chiles, drained
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 4 cups shredded medium cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • minced fresh parsley or chives, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Lightly spray a 3 qt baking dish or skillet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook sausage until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon, reserving the drippings in the skillet, to a large mixing bowl with the thawed hashbrown potatoes.
  • Add onion and bell pepper, cooking until soft, about 3-5 minutes. Remove to large mixing bowl with potato mixture, along with the green chiles.
  • To same skillet, add butter and melt. Once melted, add flour and whisk to combine, cooking 1 minute. Slowly pour in milk and chicken stock, whisking as you pour. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to MED-LOW and simmer, stirring often, until thickened and mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 5-10 minutes.
  • Add 3 cups of cheddar cheese, stirring until melted and combined. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • Add cheese sauce to mixing bowl and stir to combine all ingredients. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish or skillet.
  • Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup of cheese, and bake 45-50 minutes, until bubbly and golden brown. If desired, garnish, then serve.

Notes

To make ahead: 
Complete steps 1-6, cool, then cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.  Before baking, let dish sit at room temperature 20 minutes, sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese, then bake and serve as directed.

Nutrition

Calories: 485kcal