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Apr 30, 2018

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

This Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole is loaded with sausage, eggs, hash brown potatoes, and lots of cheese. It can be assembled the night before, and then baked and served for breakfast or brunch the next morning.

This post is sponsored in conjunction with BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the BrunchWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

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 This breakfast casserole also makes excellent leftovers! Just store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to five days. We reheated slices in the toaster oven at 350 degrees F.

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Yield: 8 servings

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound uncooked mild Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeds removed, and diced
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 20 ounces frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, kept frozen
  • 10 large eggs (I used Eggland's Best)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup milk (whole or 2%)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 cups) shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I used Cabot Sharp Cheddar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. With a rack in the middle, heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9 inch by 13 inch baking pan with spray oil
  2. In a 12 inch skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the sausage, and cook while breaking it up with a wooden spoon or spatula, about 6 to 8 minutes. 
  3. Add the onion, bell pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Pour the sausage and vegetable mixture into the baking dish, mix in the hash browns, and spread the mixture evenly. 
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, and then whisk in the sour cream, milk, mustard, cheese, the rest of the salt, and the pepper. Pour this over the sausage and vegetable mixture. 
  5. Bake the casserole for about 45 minutes, until the top is lightly browned and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes until slicing and serving. 
  6. This casserole can be made the night before, refrigerated, and baked in the morning. Remove it from the refrigerator 20 minutes before baking. 

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  1. this looks delicious, karen! i love making pancakes for brunch with my family. :)

  2. Casseroles are one of my favorite things to serve up for brunch. This recipe sounds like a winner.

  3. Wow, this looks scrumptious!! And no canned soup like the hash brown casserole I loved for so many years. Yes!

  4. Casseroles are great for preparing ahead. Looks good.

  5. Looks amazing! I don't do brunch usually, but if I did... I think this Cheesy Casserole would be PERFECT!

    1. Thanks Sally! we pretty much had the leftovers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner =)

  6. Quiche or any fancy/ier egg dish

  7. Now this is my kind of brunch! Cheese and potatoes? Yes please!

  8. Cheese and potatoes are the perfect pairing in my book!


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