The Best Ever Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole
If you are looking for an easy, crowd pleasing recipe you’re in the right place. This cheesy hash brown casserole can be as simple or as time intensive as you’d like. I started out with three ingredients plus seasonings and then the next time I made it I added toppings and mix-ins like pecan chorizo, red bell peppers, spinach and other yummy vegetables.
If you’re ready to get started let’s start baking!
Build Your Hash Brown Casserole
It all starts with picking the right potato. If you’re like me you’re a potato snob. I mean it’s one of those simple pleasures that’s part of the vegan lifestyle. And I like to go full Bubba from Forrest Gump with it. I can eat potatoes fried, boiled, mashed, scalloped, shredded, baked, you name it! There’s a special love I have for potatoes. So since I am very aware of this I try to make sure I am selecting the right potato. Because quality ingredients matter.
For this recipe I used simply potatoes. They are a shredded hash brown that needs to be refrigerated until used. So I took about 2 cups of these hash browns and made a nice thick layer of hash browns in the bottom of my 8 x 8 glass dish. You want a layer that’s about an inch thick.
Then comes the egg mixture. This is where you basically begin to choose your own adventure. Do you want easy and bland or a few extra steps and flavorful? It’s your call but if you decide on flavor I’m happy to be your adventure guide and show you the way here.
However, if you just want easy and bland, put three slices of the vegan cheese on top of the hash browns, pour Just Egg on top of this and move on to the section about baking.
For my flavorful folks, welcome! Your cheesy and flavor packed adventure awaits. Be sure not to skip the layering of the cheese on top of the hash brown but once you’ve finished this it’s time to season your Just Egg. The Just Egg will need to be mixed with the following seasonings: 2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast, 1 Tbsp Tapioca Flour (or Cornstarch), 1 tsp Black Salt, and 1 tsp Ground Mustard. Whisk this together and pour on top of the hash browns and cheese.
We’re at a decision point yet again, Flavor or Easy? If you’d like it easy, top the egg mixture with a few more slices of cheese and bake.
But if you’d like flavor here are a few suggestions for you.
- Mix in veggies such as red bell pepper, spinach, tomatoes, etc
- Top with sliced pecan chorizo
- Top with freshly chopped chives
From here you’ll move on to baking this beauty.
Bake Your Hash Brown Casserole
Put your cheesy hash brown casserole in the oven for about 30 – 35 minutes. Careful to start watching the casserole around 25 minutes since everyone’s oven is different.
You’ll want the top to be golden brown and bubbly. That’s how you’ll know it’s just about ready. To double check it’s readiness, I would insert a toothpick into the center of it. The toothpick should come out clean, definitely not covered in uncooked egg mixture.
Enjoy Your Hash Brown Casserole
To serve your cheesy hash brown casserole, make sure it’s served warm. While this is a great make ahead option and really good for leftovers it is best served warm. If you have any questions be sure to drop them in the comments below. Would love to know what you think about this recipe.