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Aunt Nellie's Hash Brown Casserole

Aunt Nellies Hash Brown Casserole
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My Aunt Nellie still makes me her signature casserole when I come to visit. This hash brown casserole recipe is a little taste of heaven. Save the leftovers and freeze them for another dinner or lunch. You might think the beef stock is an odd ingredient to use in this casserole. However, you don't actually taste it in the finished product; it is used to make the casserole creamier. You could use chicken stock in its place. Try Aunt Nellie's Hash Brown Casserole today. This hash brown casserole recipe is simple to make. After mixing the ingredients together, cook the hash brown mixture in a skillet and then bake it in the oven. Baking it makes the casserole hot and bubbly. This side dish will fit in at almost any family meal. After all, every holiday needs a potato dish, right? Let Aunt Nellie's Hash Brown Casserole be your next potato side dish.



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Cooking Time1 hr

Cooking MethodCasserole, Oven


  • 1 (26-ounce) bag frozen hash browns
  • 2 cups Colby cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup beef stock or broth
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • salt, to taste
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Combine frozen hash browns, cheese, and onion in a large bowl.
  3. Combine the milk, beef stock, half the melted butter, the garlic powder, salt, and black pepper in another bowl.
  4. Mix until well blended, then pour the mixture over the hash browns and mix well.
  5. Heat the remaining butter in a large, ovenproof skillet over high heat.
  6. When the skillet is hot, spoon in the hash brown mixture.
  7. Cook the hash browns, stirring occasionally, until hot and all of the cheese has melted (about 7 minutes).
  8. Put the skillet into the oven and bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until the surface of the hash browns is crisp and browned.

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Oh my goodness this sounds so good I can almost taste it. I'm not really much of a hash brown person, but I'm sure after eating this taste buds will find it hard to resist in the future. Cheese makes everything better and I'm thinking the beef broth in this recipe probably gives it more depth in flavor. Throw in some sliced mushrooms and this would make a great vegetarian meal.

i would either grease the baking dish with a little butter, or give it a generous coating of non stick spray to keep it from sticking and make for easier serving and clean up. I use a beef broth and milk mixture when I make scalloped potatoes, and they always turn out great, so I imagine this cheesy casserole would be very good too!

This is an interesting take on a casserole! Especially the use of the broth. My family makes a really delicious quiche using a hashed brown crust and then an egg, ham or bacon, cheese, and heavy cream or milk as the filling. Shredded hash browns make a great crust!

Hash brown casseroles are right up there with tater tot casseroles- I love them! Sometimes I want a meatless casserole, so this is perfect. One comment suggested this can be a pan-sticker with all that cheese, so I would coat the pan with cooking spray, just to be safe.

I love love love hash brown casserole. ..this will be the next one I try

Ooh! I always get my hashbrown casserole fix at Cracker Barrel, but I'll have to try out this recipe and stop spending so much money eating out. Can't wait to try!

Plan to try this immeditely. Thanks for all your great information.

made this tonight. although it tasted great, most of it was stuck to the pan. cooked it for 50 minutes. would like to know how to cook it without most of it being stuck to the pan. hubby would have liked more,

do u think chicken broth would work?

I think I'll try this but add breakfast sausages to it!

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