Hash Brown Casserole with Corn Flakes is a popular side dish made with hash browns, cheese, and a crunchy topping of corn flakes.
Another name for Hash Brown Casserole with Corn Flakes is Funeral Potatoes. It is popular side dish commonly served after a funeral in places like the Midwest and South. Funeral potatoes are also associated with the Utah area.
Hash Brown Casserole with Corn Flakes is an easy side dish for a large crowd. Not only is it easy to make, but the cheesy potato casserole makes a large 9x13 pan of the cheesy "funeral" potatoes - enough to feed a large group of people. I also think it is one of the best side dishes for fried chicken or other barbecue dinners.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- This is an easy side dish for a large crowd. It can be made in a disposable 9x13 aluminum baking pan for easy cleanup.
- It can be made ahead and either stored in the refrigerator or even frozen. It is an easy make ahead side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter or other large meals.
- This cheesy Hash Brown Casserole recipe is an American comfort food. It is a delicious side dish made with shredded potatoes, creamy cheese sauce, and a crunchy topping of crushed corn flakes.
Ingredients for Hash Brown Casserole with Corn Flakes
- Frozen hash browns
- Cream of chicken soup
- Cheddar cheese soup
- Sour cream
- Salt & pepper
Frozen hash browns: Frozen hash browns are pre-shredded potatoes that are typically found in the freezer section. You can use shredded hash browns or frozen diced potatoes.
Cream of chicken soup: Cream of chicken soup helps create the creamy base of cheesy Hash Brown Casserole. Cream of mushroom soup could also be used.
Cheddar cheese soup: The cheddar cheese soup is one of the most important ingredients in this cheesy hash brown casserole since it provides the cheesiness in this recipe.
Onion: The onion in hash brown casserole provides additional texture that complements the potatoes and other ingredients.
Butter: Salted butter adds a subtle salty flavor to a recipe, while unsalted butter allows for more control over the salt content. I prefer to use unsalted butter since some of the other ingredients already contain high sodium levels.
Sour cream: Sour cream is another ingredient that helps create the creamy base.
Cornflakes: The corn flake topping is one of the most iconic parts of this cheesy hash brown casserole recipe. It adds a crispy texture that contrasts with the creamy casserole.
How to Make Hash Brown Casserole with Corn Flakes
Making cheesy hash brown casserole with corn flakes is incredibly easy. This classic casserole side dish comes together quickly, which makes it an easy side dish for a large crowd.
Step 1: Mix together the hash browns, melted butter, cream of chicken soup, cheddar cheese soup, sour cream, onion, salt and pepper.
Step 2: Pour the potato mixture into a greased 9x13 pan.
Step 3: Combine the corn flakes and additional melted butter. Sprinkle over the potato mixture.
Step 4: Do not cover the casserole with foil. Bake at 350 °F for 45 minutes - 1 hour.
Hash Brown Casserole with Corn Flakes
- 1 package (32 oz.) hash browns (thawed)
- ½ cup butter (melted)
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 can cheddar cheese soup
- 1 ½ cups sour cream
- ½ cup finely chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups corn flakes
- ¼ cup butter (melted)
- Mix together the hash browns, melted butter, cream of chicken soup, cheddar cheese soup, sour cream, onion, salt and pepper.
- Pour the potato mixture into a greased 9x13 pan.
- Combine the corn flakes and additional melted butter. Sprinkle over the potato mixture.
- Do not cover the casserole with foil. Bake at 350 °F for 45 minutes - 1 hour.
Recipe Tips & Tricks
- Follow the recommended baking time and temperature to ensure the cheesy potato casserole cooks evenly and the corn flakes become golden brown. Keep an eye on the casserole during the final minutes to prevent over-browning.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I prepare the hash brown casserole with corn flakes in advance and bake it later?
You can prepare the hash brown casserole with corn flakes in advance and refrigerate it before baking. However, it is recommended to add the corn flake topping right before the casserole is put in the oven to prevent the corn flakes from getting mushy.
Why is it called funeral potatoes?
The name "funeral potatoes" originates from the tradition of serving these comforting and easy-to-make cheesy potato dishes at post-funeral gatherings or memorial services. The term "funeral potatoes" stuck as it became widely associated with such occasions, but funeral potatoes have become a favorite side dish to serve at potlucks at large gatherings like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Not to mention, Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole with Corn Flakes is a perfect side dish to serve at summer barbecues.
Storage & Reheating:
- Storage: To store the prepared hash brown casserole with corn flakes, cover it tightly with plastic wrap or transfer it to an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
- Reheating: To reheat the hash brown casserole with corn flakes, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the refrigerated casserole in an oven-safe dish and cover it with foil to prevent excessive browning. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Alternatively, you can reheat individual portions in the microwave on medium heat, checking and stirring periodically until heated to your desired temperature.
- Freezing: To freeze hash brown casserole with corn flakes, let it cool, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, place in a freezer-safe bag or container, label, and freeze for up to 2-3 months. Thaw in the fridge and reheat in the oven or microwave. However, it is recommended to add the corn flake topping right before the casserole is put in the oven to prevent the corn flakes from getting mushy.
Additions and Substitutions
This recipe is a traditional hash brown casserole with corn flake recipe. If you want to add a twist, you can make additions or substitutions. For example:
You can add diced onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, or cooked bacon for extra flavor and texture. Chopped herbs like parsley or chives can also be added as a garnish.
Cooked ham, sausage, or shredded chicken can be included to make the casserole more substantial and protein-packed.