Smothered and Covered Hash Browns Recipe

Heather Tullos | Sugar Dish Me

Smothered and Covered Hash Browns are crispy golden and topped with sweet sauteed onions and loads of melted cheese. You can also add country sausage gravy if you want. That’s a thing.

Waffle House. A southern staple.

I don’t frequent Waffle House much because it mostly requires a certain level of after hours + intoxication + a willing designate-a-driver, but there a few things that Waffle House does extremely well.

Coffee is not one of them.

Hash browns are, though. And if you’ve ever had Waffle House Hash Browns, you know they have their own lingo to go along with the greasy-spoon diner experience.

Smothered and Covered Hash Browns Photo

Smothered is with sauteed onions and covered is with melted cheese. (For more cheese and onion covered hash browns you definitely need these Cheesy Hash Brown Breakfast Sliders.)

To be honest, I have never really understood the descriptives here because if I’m smothering anything it’s definitely going to be with cheese. Covering sounds more like what to do with sauteed onions.

So we have smothered these with cheese and covered them with onions, but I also took these smothered covered hash browns a step further and added homemade sausage gravy.

That makes them country. It also makes hash browns into a main dish.

Main dish hash browns makes husbands happy. Also anything with sausage gravy.

Smothered and Covered Hash Browns Picture

Other hash brown add-ins that the good ‘ol Waffle House has to offer include chunked hickory smoked ham (not a fan of the word “chunked”), diced grilled tomatoes (fancy talk for “we put the tomatoes on the flat top grill”), peppered with spicy jalapeño peppers (remember that time we made Brown Sugar Jalapeno Bacon? This is definitely my jam), capped with grilled button mushrooms, and topped with Bart’s chili (NO.).

I can get down with cheese and gravy and veggies, but I am drawing the line at chili, y’all.

Anyway, the moral of the story here is that Waffle House has really great hash browns (and waffles).

But if you are not at a certain level of late night intoxication, or you are without a DD, or you just really need some greasy spoon goodness in your life, you can make Smothered Covered Hash Browns at home. 

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Smothered and Covered Hash Browns Recipe

    4 Servings


  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 2 cups Frozen Shredded Hash Browns
  • 1 cup Diced Onion, sweet onions are best!
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 recipe Country Sausage Gravy, optional


  1. Prepare the hash browns according to the package skillet instructions.
  2. Remove the cooked hash browns to an oven-safe plate and place them in the oven on warm.
  3. Add the onions and butter to the skillet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Cook over medium heat for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want them to be fragrant and translucent.
  4. Top the warm hash browns with the onions and then cover them with cheese. 


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Author: Heather Tullos
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 218
Calories 392

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g
  Saturated Fat 11g
Sodium 416mg
Total Carbohydrate 22g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 2g
Protein 15g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Heather Tullos

About Heather

Heather, the author behind the blog Sugar Dish Me, really really really loves waffles. She's our newest Breakfast fanatic, and we're so glad!

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