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Crack Breakfast Potato Casserole

Crack Breakfast Potato casserole is irresistible. It’s an easy potato breakfast casserole that brings massive comfort to your day. Bonus: assemble it the night before for extra snooze time.

Crack Breakfast Potato casserole, potato breakfast casserole

The Best Breakfast Potato Casserole when you need comfort food

Today’s a comfort food day. Maybe more than a day.

Because Friends, it’s been one of those weeks. I’m not even talking weather, though I could rant one’s head off about the arctic subzero wind chills if you asked me to.

It’s just been that kind of week. The kind where I forgot to pick up my middle schooler on time and where I lost an entire cartridge of laborious food photography that was…Never.Uploaded. I’m still traumatized. That’s two nightmares come true. Not on the same day.

It’s been that kind of week where kids are sick, drama is in da house up by a gazillion percent, and I fell hard on my head pretending to be Michelle Kwan on ice skates.

I might have a concussion as I sip green tea this very moment.

These are the moments that crack breakfast potato casseroles were created for, and that’s not all…

Breakfast Potatoes Casserole

They call this crack breakfast potato casserole for a reason

Two nights ago, while nursing possible concussion, I sat in an overcrowded band concert where 300 children attempted to play instruments. Bless their hearts. And I picked the seat next to a tween who had his iPad on ear-splitting decibel.

I had to miss my Littlest Little’s much-anticipated field trip to the theater. That was the only one I really wanted to do because it’s clearly the easiest.

I picked the only parking spot out of allthespots that got blocked in by a beer truck unloading cases of brew.

Oh, and that work deadline that’s due tomorrow? It was due yesterday.

P.S. I fed my lovelies frozen pizza for dinner twice this week.

So comfort food today, it is, in the form of this ridiculously hearty and rich and scrumptious crack breakfast potato casserole. That’s what they (whoever they are) named this potato breakfast casserole dish, and one bite is all you’ll need to understand why.

I’ll get back to the barley salads and chia yogurts soon enough, but comfort food is where it’s at for the moment. Gotta allow those moments 🙂

Crack Breakfast Potato casserole, potato breakfast casserole

Speaking of comfort food, Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole is one of our time-tested, kitchen-tested all time favorites. It won’t let you down.

And yeah, I know. Moving onto my Thanksgiving Journal.

(Along with three servings of Crack Breakfast Potato Casserole.)

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Breakfast Potatoes Casserole

Crack Breakfast Potato Casserole

4.34 from 12 ratings
Crack Breakfast Potato Casserole is irresistible. It’s an easy breakfast casserole that brings massive comfort to your day. Bonus: assembled it the night before for extra snooze time.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 20
Author: Amy Dong


  • 1 cup cooked/crumbled breakfast sausage
  • 10 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked/crumbled
  • 40 oz approx. frozen/refrigerated hash brown potatoes
  • 32 oz. regular sour cream
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 6 TB ranch seasoning, or 2 packages store-bought
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: chopped chives or parsley for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400F with rack on lower middle position. Set aside 1/4 cup bacon for topping.
  • In a large bowl, stir together all ingredients until fully combined well. Transfer to a 9×13 baking pan. Sprinkle reserved 1/4 cup bacon evenly on top. If baking right away, bake for 45-60 minutes uncovered, until top is golden. Otherwise, cover tightly and chill overnight; you’ll need to add bake time if the casserole is cold.
  • If desired, garnish with chives or parsley. Serve while hot.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 62.5g | Protein: 8.3g | Fat: 16.4g | Saturated Fat: 8.3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 38.2mg | Sodium: 343.1mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 55.7g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Method: Bake

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    • Tiffani

    Can these be made in the crockpot?

    • Megan

    This sounds great! Do you co the hashbrowns first or mix in frozen?

      • chewoutloud

      No cooking beforehand is needed… super easy! Enjoy, Megan, and thanks for being here!

    • Susan

    Can you use anything other then ranch

      • chewoutloud

      Yes, Susan, you can use sour cream powder or any other seasoning you prefer. This recipe has a link to our homemade ranch seasoning, which means it’s all natural 🙂 Hope you love it! Thanks so much for being here today.

    • Liz
    • 5 stars

    First of all, I hope you have fully recovered from your possible concussion, Michelle Kwan.

    Second, I may have to make this before the weekend is over. Comfort food involving potatoes is my spirit animal.

      • chewoutloud

      LOL, Liz! I’m with ya. Thanks for coming over today 🙂

    • Lisa F.

    Oh me gosh!! This looks deliciously addictive! And let’s not forget simply sinful. Therefore it’s definitely what’s for breakfast this weekend!! Thanks for the recipe I’m sure it won’t disappoint the non breakfast eater in the family…. Me;)

      • chewoutloud

      I get it, Lisa…I often need coffee more than food in the morning, but when it’s stuff like this, I gotta grab a plate! 🙂 Enjoy and have a GREAT weekend! 🙂

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