Cracker Barrel Loaded Hashbrown Casserole

I know, you have loved the Cracker Barrel hashbrown casserole recipe. They have now raised the bar, check out the new Cracker Barrel Loaded Hashbrown casserole. It’s creamy, cheesy, and hearty with sausage.

loaded hashbrown casserole on a spoon and in a baking dish

 


The Cracker Barrel Loaded Hashbrown Casserole was a dish that was recently served as part of their seasonal menu. They often switch out menu items on a seasonal basis, and I fell in love with this new heartier casserole.

It featured sausage, four different types of cheeses, and red bell peppers. This casserole is hearty enough to be served for dinner. While I love both versions of this casserole, this one is more sophisticated.

What makes this hash brown casserole different? Four types of cheese would be one. This one has American cheese, Colby cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and Cheddar. All of these cheeses together combine to make a wonderfully rich cheese sauce that is smooth and creamy.

You won’t be disappointed here. I also like the addition of the red bell peppers and sausage. The sausage adds a nice touch to this casserole. I like to use sage style breakfast sausage, a bit must be those Midwest roots in me showing. You could make this with a spicy sausage as well.

If you wanted to make this loaded hashbrown casserole your own, I would suggest adding some onions into the sausage while you are browning it, or perhaps even a jalapeno pepper. Both of these additions would make this casserole very tasty. I did find this casserole reheated fairly well, so if you don’t finish it all at once, it will reheat just fine.

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homemade Cracker Barrel hashbrown casserole

loaded hashbrown casserole on a spoon and in a baking dish

Cracker Barrel Loaded Hashbrown Casserole

Cracker Barrel Loaded Hashbrown casserole with sausage is great for breakfast or dinner. 
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cracker Barrel Recipes, Hashbrowns
Servings: 8
Calories: 520kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sausage
  • 3 tablespoons chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated American cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Monterey jack Cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Colby cheese 1 cup is for the casserole topping
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 pounds frozen hashbrowns defrosted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Brown sausage in a large skillet over medium heat, be sure to break the sausage into small bite-sized pieces when browning. When sausage is almost done add 2 to 3 tablespoons of chopped red bell pepper into the sausage. Drain sausage when finished cooking. 
  • Add 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium-sized saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons of flour to the butter. Allow the butter and flour to cook over medium heat for about 1 minute. You must cook the flour and butter mixture together so that the flour won't taste raw. Add 1/4 of the milk to the roux, and stir until thickened. Once the sauce is thick add another 1/4 of the milk, and stir until thickened. Finally add the remaining milk to the sauce once it has thickened. 
  • Once the sauce has gotten thick add the cheese and stir until the cheese has melted. In a large bowl combine hash browns, cheese sauce, and sausage. Stir to combine. Pour mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Top with additional grated Colby cheese. 
  • Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes.

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Nutrition

Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 814mg | Potassium: 607mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 790IU | Vitamin C: 14.2mg | Calcium: 450mg | Iron: 2.2mg
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I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

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  1. Linda Elser

    If you use cooked potatoes and then grate add cheese sauce with sharp cheddar and a a couple of hardy spoons of sour cream. Salt pepper and bake. I always sprinkle cheese on top. This dish goes quick. Serve with any meat. Doesn’t have sausage or peppers but you could try adding spinach broccoli ham or whatever you want.

  2. Cindy Berka

    This sounds like something I could make ahead and take camping with us. We can heat it up in the little microwave in the camper. I’ve been looking for easy recipes that will travel like this.

    • stephaniemanley

      I use frozen hash browns. If you wanted to use fresh, I would make sure the potatoes have been par boiled slightly.

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