Meal in a Jar: Potato Cheese Sausage Casserole

Meal in a Jar: Potato Cheese Sausage Casserole

This one is great for dinner or breakfast!  I originally made it with sausage tvp, but have since used freeze-dried sausage crumbles because I was able to get them at a discount.  You could also make it with freeze-dried ham if you have it, or freeze-dried bacon crumbles/bits.


I usually use my big #10 cans of dehydrated hash browns, but I’ve also found smaller containers of them at Costco.  They come in a pack of about 8 I believe, and are packaged in cartons like you get whipping cream in.  They work just fine if you don’t want to get an entire #10 worth.  But, trust me, there are plenty of things you can use those hash browns for so a #10 can worth won’t go to waste.  😉  I love to add them to soups, pot pies, or even just fix them up for breakfast – my family really enjoys them.


You can find Chef Tess’s original recipe for this meal on her blog.

Meal in a Jar: Potato Sausage Cheese Casserole
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins

This is a great option for breakfast or dinner!  What's not to love about sausage and cheesy hash brown potatoes?! 

Course: Breakfast, Main Course
Servings: 4 people
  • 1 cup freeze-dried sausage crumbles or sausage TVP
  • 2 cups dehydrated hash brown potatoes
  • 1 cup cheese powder
  • 1/2 cup sour cream powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dehydrated minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 bay leaf
  1. Place all ingredients in order in a wide-mouth quart-size mason jar and shake contents gently to settle.

  2. Place new canning lid on top of jar. Using wide-mouth attachment for a FoodSaver, vacuum seal lid onto jar following instructions from your FoodSaver manual. (You can also insert an oxygen absorber before putting on lid if you'd like.)

  3. Remove vacuum attachment and put ring on. Tighten by hand, but don't over tighten.

  4. Label and date. Store in cool, dry location.

To cook:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Gently pry lid off of jar and discard. Remove oxygen packet (if used). Place contents of jar in large casserole dish and add 5 1/2 cups of hot water. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes for water to absorb.  Bake in oven for 1 hour.   

Recipe Notes

This works as breakfast or dinner - you can even substitute in freeze-dried ham or freeze-dried bacon crumbles for different options.


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