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Schwarties Hash Browns

Great for buffets! Freezes well.

A Best of Bridge classic holiday casserole.

  1. 2 lbs. (1 kg) frozen hash brown potatoes
  2. 2 cups (500 mL) sour cream
  3. 2-10 oz. (284 ml) cans mushroom soup
  4. 1/2 cup melted butter
  5. grated onion to taste
  6. salt to taste
  7. 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  8. 2 Tbsp. parmesan cheese
  1. Thaw potatoes slightly.
  2. Mix potatoes, sour cream, mushroom soup, butter, onion, salt and cheddar cheese in a 9 x 13″ baking dish. Sprinkle parmesan on top.
  3. Bake at 350F for 1 hour.
  4. Serves 8-10.
The Best of Bridge

This recipe is available in the book The Complete Best of Bridge Cookbooks Volume One.

This recipe is available in the book Best of Bridge Holiday Classics.

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  • Lucie Bridges says:

    I love ‘Schwarties hashbrowns. They are the best with ham.
    The Best of Bridge cook books have been my favorite recipes for as long as they have been around. Is it 50 years yet?
    Thank you to all you lovely ladies. Also enjoy your husbands input.

  • Lois says:

    Making this dish for the first time, although I’ve enjoyed it on many occasions – made by others. It’s always a hit.

    Best of Bridge recipes are my go-to’s and have been for 30+ years. A BIG HUGE thank you to all you lovely ladies for all the creativity and love you’ve put into all your recipes. It seems like you’re part of the family – your Land of Nod Cinnamon Buns are center stage Christmas mornings every year as well. 🙂

  • I love this and have been making it since I got the book I 1999.
    I have just made it and frozen it for the first time.
    What is the best wat to cook it from frozenZ

    • Best of Bridge Editors says:

      If you haven’t already baked it, it can be thawed overnight in the refrigerator and then baked as directed. If you’ve baked it already, thaw it in the fridge overnight and then reheat in a 350F oven for 30 minutes (or until heated through). Enjoy!

    • Stella says:

      I would often freeze smaller portions for the 2 of us in foil-lined baking dishes, defrost them and bake them in the same container. A real treat!!

  • Penny says:

    Any tips for making this in a crock pot? Thank you!

    • Best of Bridge Editors says:

      Hi Penny, you can mix the ingredients in a 6-qt slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 – 8 hours and give it a good stir at the end as the oil will have separated during cooking. Enjoy and have a Merry Christmas!

  • Anita says:

    Love this recipe! Can I freeze it before I cook it or should I cook then freeze?

  • Eric Burton says:

    Really silly question but…Can I make this day before and stuff In my fridge till morning? or do the taters have to be semi frozen?

    • Best of Bridge Editors says:

      Hi Eric, that’s a great question. Yes, you can prepare the casserole the night before and bake the next day. You might want to take a peek at the casserole at the 45 minute point, as the casserole will take a little less time to bake. All ovens have variations. Enjoy!

  • Doug says:

    I have had this numerous times in Calgary but want to make it here in Ontario, but it is definitely too much for 2 people (unless you want to eat it for the next 5 days).
    I want to know if the recipe is scalable, ie can I reduce all ingredients by half (and use an 8×8 pan instead of 9×13 pan)?

    • Best of Bridge Editors says:

      Hi Doug, yes, you can half the recipe with great results. Keep an eye on the casserole, you might want to reduce the baking time as it will cook through faster. Enjoy!

      • Yvonne says:

        Hello. I am just wondering if I can use cream of broccoli soup instead of mushroom….or one of each. Got a mushroom aversive adult child (hehe)

  • susan hartman says:

    have tried this with cream of celery, also, cream of chicken – fabulous – also add a veggies i.e. spinach, or broccoli or or or

  • Pam says:

    Hi, I halved the recipe and am wondering if it will cook in a 275F oven (heating a spiral ham as well) and if so, would 2 hours be long enough?

    • Best of Bridge Editors says:

      Hi Pam, yes, you can cook this along side your ham. The size and shape of your dish for the hashbrowns will affect the baking time. Baking for two hours might dry out the potatoes, so you might want to loosely cover with foil and check on it periodically.

  • Christena Bowden says:

    Best of Bridge is my family’s go to… amazing… the swartzies are incredible!

  • Greg says:

    We love these and make them for Christmas breakfast every year! One ongoing discussion that we’ve never been able to answer, though: what is the origin of the name? Thanks so much!

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