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Pepper Jack Hash Brown Casserole

I found myself in need of an impromptu potato dish, but I had no potatoes. Frozen hash browns and the plethora of cheeses I kept in the freezer offered me the solution to my side-dish dilemma. —Cynthia Gerken, Naples, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (30 ounces) frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup crushed potato chips
  • 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. For topping, combine the potato chips, bacon and Parmesan; sprinkle over casserole. Top with paprika.
  • Bake, uncovered, until edges are bubbly and topping is golden brown, 25-30 minutes.

Test Kitchen tip
  • If you're making this dish for kiddos, or an adult who doesn't like spicy food, use Monterey Jack cheese instead of pepper jack.
  • Nutrition Facts
    2/3 cup: 416 calories, 33g fat (19g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 682mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein.

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    • cynandtom
      Jul 2, 2020

      by0646 Yes, absolutely a freezer friendly dish. Since it is just the two of us, I usually make separate dishes; bake one for dinner, and freeze the other two. You can make ahead and freeze the entire dish. Just thaw in the refrigerator overnight, once thawed bake as per directions.

    • bf0646
      Jun 29, 2020

      can this be frozen before you bake it? Thanks

    • Krink1
      Apr 12, 2020

      Could I use crushed ritz crackers instead of chips?

    • amehart
      Dec 18, 2018

      Everyone LOVED this - so easy and flavors are perfect!! Family has requested this often.

    • TeresaWitt
      Nov 7, 2018

      This was so easy to make and absolutely delicious! The variety of textures and the kick from the spicy cheese make it really special.