This version of the famous Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole will satisfy your potato craving and fool your entire family. I frequently make potato dishes with cauliflower and my husband still could not believe this wasn’t actually potatoes! This easy recipe is low carb, keto, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and Trim Healthy Mama friendly.
Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole. That might be my favorite 4-word phrase ever. Anytime we are on a road trip and pop into a Cracker Barrel with the kids I have a hard time resisting a heaping side of cheesy, potato goodness. My kids have grown to love it too so I’ve made a few copycat recipes over the years using shredded potatoes and cream of chicken soup. It is a great make-ahead for brunches. Whenever my kids have had a celebration like a Baptism or First Communion my favorite (and the easiest) meal to feed our guests is always brunch. I make egg bakes, some coffee cakes, and a copycat Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole. It is delicious but is definitely not the healthiest option.
Therefore, a remake of this has been on my recipe list for YEARS. Every few months I would think about how could I possibly make the delicious, carb-loaded, fattening Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole healthy?
Best Low Carb Potato Substitute
First, I thought over the different potato subs. Should I use jicama? Should I use radishes? What about cauliflower? And how on earth do I replicate cream of chicken soup? The more I thought about it the more my plan became solid in my mind. My favorite potato sub is cauliflower so I decided I would just use cauliflower. BUT I would only use the stalks of fresh cauliflower because I wanted a shredded texture, not the texture of the florets which is more rice-like.
How much cauliflower do I need?
This was the biggest part in disguising the cauliflower as a potato substitute. My family knows mashed cauliflower. And they know cauliflower rice. But shredded cauliflower? That is a new one. To do this I cut off the florets trying to leave as much of the stalk as possible. Then, I put them through the food processor with a shredding disc.
One medium head of cauliflower had enough stalk for me to have the 3 cups of shredded cauliflower I needed for this recipe. I put the florets in a large plastic storage bag and roasted them for dinner a few nights later with some roasted garlic paste.
Cream of Chicken Soup Recipe
To make the cream of chicken soup I needed a few creamy ingredients and some chicken bouillon. You can use canned chicken broth concentrate paste or homemade powdered bouillon. The bouillon paste ends up being 1/8 tsp per serving so it has a negligible impact on the nutrition facts. There is a link in the recipe card to a recipe to make your own version if you prefer to do so. My powdered chicken bouillon does also work. I make one using nutritional yeast that was amazing. I could not believe how much nutritional yeast plus some salt and spices could taste like chicken.
Ingredients in Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole Recipe
The rest of the ingredients in my remake of the Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole Recipe were easier. I can do cheese, and onion, and more cheese. Who doesn’t love cheese? I chose to use a blend of shredded cheddar and Monterey jack but you can use whatever your family’s favorite cheese is.
What so serve with Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole
I served this hashbrown casserole recipe along with some baked pork chops. It goes well with breakfast, breakfast for dinner, or just your regular dinner as a side dish. Next on my to-do list is to add shredded chicken into this to make it a one-dish meal. If you try that make sure to let me know how it turns out!
More Cauliflower Sides and Mains:
Dirty Cauliflower Rice Recipe with Ground Meat
I hope you enjoy my healthy Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole Recipe!
- Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray.
- Set aside 1/3 cup of the shredded cheese to use as a topping. Stir together the remaining ingredients. Spread in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the reserved cheese.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes, until the casserole is golden and bubbly.
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