Funeral Potatoes

Recipes · Sides · August 5, 2017

Our all-time favorite side dish - Cheesy Potato Casserole aka Funeral Potatoes. Ingredients include frozen hash browns, cheese, corn flakes, cream of chicken soup, & butter!

There are certain dishes that have to be made on Thanksgiving in our family. Some of those include my aunt’s super yummy Ham, my mom’s rolls, and several side dishes, including Funeral Potatoes (also known as Cheesy PotatoΒ Casserole). Yes, we do have regular Mashed Potatoes as well (recipe to come later this week), but we always have at least two pans of Funeral Potatoes. Usually one has onions in it, and the other one does not (for us picky folk).

This Funeral Potatoes Recipe (and not really sure why it’s called that) is one that we have been making for as long as I can remember. It is so yummy and so great to include in the Thanksgiving meal, even though we make this all year long. πŸ˜‰

I’m not going to lie… I sometimes crave these more than the regular Mashed Potatoes, BUT having said that I usually have both on Thanksgiving, because I’m just a Potato Lover!! πŸ˜€

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If you’ve ever had these Cheesy Potatoes, then I’m sure you know just how yummy they really are. The best part is that you can add ingredients like bacon bits or even a few veggies to make them just how you’d like them. πŸ™‚

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Funeral Potatoes Recipe
 
Our all-time favorite side dish - Cheesy Potato Casserole aka Funeral Potatoes. Ingredients include frozen hash browns, cheese, corn flakes, cream of chicken soup, & butter!
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 2 packages Frozen Hash Brown Potatoes 12 oz. (Southern Style)
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. minced onion or onion powder optional
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 - 3 cups Corn Flakes, crushed Mixed with ½ cup melted butter
Instructions
  1. Place your potatoes in a colander. Let set until thawed and drained.
  2. Combine sour cream, soup and butter in a bowl. Mix it well. Add salt, onion and cheese to this mixture and mix until all combined.
  3. Add potatoes to mixture and stir until all combined. Place in 9x13 pan.
  4. Sprinkle on butter covered crushed Corn flakes.
  5. Bake uncovered at 350 for 40-50 minutes.
Our all-time favorite side dish - Cheesy Potato Casserole aka Funeral Potatoes. Ingredients include frozen hash browns, cheese, corn flakes, cream of chicken soup, & butter!
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    Gina

    Well doesn’t that look DELISH- I’m all over that.

      Lil' Luna

      Have you had them before, Gina? Seriously – so good!

        Summer

        Coming from Utah, funeral potatoes are a Sunday dinner staple! They got the name because these potatoes (and at least 2-3 pans of it) can be found at every Mormon funeral lunch-in. Strangely, I never once had them for Thanksgiving dinner. I guess we ate them too many other times throughout the year.

          Lil' Luna

          LOL!! We have them all year long too but definitely have them on Thanksgiving… along with Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes and any every other kind of potato recipe you can think of. We LOVE potatoes in our fam. πŸ˜‰

          Shel

          Yep, they always show up at a funeral, but my mom says rhey are called that cuz they have enough fat to kill you, lol. I usually leave the butter out, and they are still delish.

    jen @ Tatertots & Jello

    Oh my goodness – my favorite!

    xoxo

      Lil' Luna

      Same, Jen!! πŸ˜€

    Mique

    Yummmmm. I love Funeral Potatoes. Wouldn’t be the same at Thanksgiving without them. I’ll have to give your recipe a try!

      Lil' Luna

      You’re right – they are a Thanksgiving MUST!! Thx for stopping by, friend! XO

    Doris

    The potatoes in the picture do not look like hash brown potatoes, am I missing something?

      Kristin

      I use “Southern Style Hash brown potatoes”

        Lil' Luna

        Yes, use Southern Style Hashbrowns… I’ll modify the recipe so others know too. πŸ™‚

          Lisa

          Am in New Zealand and our hash potatoes don’t look anything like those above. Are they simply diced potato? I am so hoping this is something I can make here cause it looks so darn good!

            Gleena

            Yes you can use chopped or shredded potatoes. Southern style has chopped onions and bell peppers mixed in

            Tricia

            Looks great tried it out adapting it for a New Zealand dish, just used grated potatoes with the onions and peppers you suggested was yummy.

            Lil' Luna

            Hope you like them. They’re our favorite!!

    Desiree @ The36thAvenue

    These are some of my favorite potatoes… So good!

      Lil' Luna

      Yes, they are!! YUMMY!

    Leigh Anne @Your Homebased Mom

    We call them funeral potatoes too!! A Thanksgiving must have and we always have them at Easter too with ham.

      Lil' Luna

      Yay! So glad someone else calls them Funeral Potatoes. I was starting to feel like maybe just our family called them that, lol. πŸ˜‰

        Martha

        People bring these to the homes of newly bereaved. It is a fantastic comfort food!

    Kristin

    I make this same casserole, only we call it Harvest Potatoes. I haven’t met a person who doesn’t just love them!

      Lil' Luna

      Harvest Potaoes is a better name. πŸ™‚

    [email protected]

    These are my fave too! We always make both! mmm

      Lil' Luna

      Totally agree – both so good. πŸ™‚

    northern cottage

    yum yum yum – just made these last night to go with sloppy joes – we make em with cream of mushroom soup and “top the tator” or french onion dip in place of the sour cream – mmmm!! had leftovers for breakfast – that’s not weird, is it??

    β™₯ Northern Cottage

      Lil' Luna

      Not weird at all!! I love that these funeral potatoes are just as good the next day as leftovers! πŸ˜€

    Heather

    My mom’s family is from Utah and my grandma told me they are called “funeral potatoes” because everyone brings them to your house after a funeral. When my grandpa passed away 10+ years ago I asked my grandma, “Why do you have so many pans of hashbrown casserole?!” She laughed and said they were “funeral potatoes” and she didn’t know why, but people always bring them! And they’re delicious!

      Lil' Luna

      What’s funny is I feel like I haven’t seen them at a funeral luncheon or brought to anyone’s house after a funeral, lol!

      Barbara Johnson

      If they’re called Funeral Potatoes the best reason I can think of is because they are the ultimate “comfort food.” We just love them here in Wisconsin and have them anytime more than three people get together πŸ™‚

    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    OMG! I haven’t had these in years. Such a great recipe – now I need to make them again!

      Lil' Luna

      They are so yummy, Dorothy. If you make them you’ll be wondering why you hadn’t made them sooner – they are so good!

    Kathryn

    We call these Yummy Potatoes at our house…I’ve also heard them called Crack Potatoes. They will be gracing our Thanksgiving in addition to mashed potatoes and Sweet potatoes with Marshmallows roasted on top.Mmmmmmmmm

      Lil' Luna

      I can guarantee my hubby wishes we were making sweet potatoes with roasted marshmallows. He loves them but I have yet to learn to make them. I may have to learn this year!

        Jim

        look for recipes online. you’ll find more than you need or want. πŸ™‚

          Lil' Luna

          Oh, I know!! It can be overwhelming..in a good way πŸ™‚ Thank you!

    Sherri

    Yum!! I think they’re called funeral potatoes because you’ll overload on all that butter!! What a way to go tho!!

      Lil' Luna

      LOL!! This is probably very true!! πŸ˜‰

    Janalou Sonafrank

    Your aunt must’ve had a connection in Utah or to someone in the LDS faith. The reason they’ve been called funeral potatoes is because after an LDS funeral the Relief Society ladies and sometimes the Priesthood members would help out with a luncheon for the family and close friends of the deceased, giving them a bit of reprieve from feeding their families after the services. More often than not, Funeral potatoes were served due to the simplicity and inexpensive cost of their preparation, as well as ease to make. Thankyou for sharing. Janalou

      Lil' Luna

      Well, I am LDS, but had no idea it was connected to our religion. We’ve been having these for as long as I can remember, and we continue to have them because they are so delicious!!

    Andrea

    The origins must have been some Church Lady made this as part of the funeral “lunch” at the church…ergo:funeral potatoes! (FYI: I’m a minister and church historian with a cooking degree)

      Lil' Luna

      You may be right. I’m coming to find out that there are SO many different names for these potatoes. πŸ™‚

    Theresa

    We call these Wedding Potatoes!!

      Lil' Luna

      Just the opposite of our name, pretty much! πŸ˜‰

    Kimber

    I love them! I make it with grated hash browns and we call it Cracker Barrel hashbrown casserole. It is deliciousness at its finest. I have to try your version because it looks so scrumptious in the pics.

      Lil' Luna

      Thank you, Kimber!! It’s crackin’ me up on all the different names it’s called!! I will have to try grated hash browns next time. πŸ™‚

      Wingin' it

      Cracker Barrel doesn’t use cream of anything soup or even sour cream. They use butter, minced onions, Colby cheese, and beef broth. And the hash browns are shredded. So not even close! lol

    Chaos Mommy

    My grandma was famous for these potatoes. We call them “Grandma’s Potatoes” in our family πŸ˜‰ But yes, every Thanksgiving and Christmas we HAD to have these! Now my sister and I make them, without fail, for our families!

      Lil' Luna

      So great that you and your sis can carry on the tradition. They’re just so easy to make and so yummy, it’s hard not to make them for the holidays! πŸ˜€

    Kim {Stuffed Suitcase}

    I’ve had these before at functions, and always loved them. Thanks for posting so I can finally make them myself. Pinning!

      Lil' Luna

      You’re welcome, Kim!! They are so easy to make – I hope you love them!

    Pat

    Funeral Potatoes come from the Mormon culture of having a potluck after a funeral. It was always held in the multipurpose room (gym, dining room, rec room, crafts room) and funeral potatoes seemed to always be on the menu.

    Charlene

    I have this same recipe but it is called Yummy Potatoes. A family favorite

    Nina

    How big of a can of cream of chicken soup? Family size or regular?

    Jodi Luther

    Could you make these in the crockpot?

    Stephanie

    I was just checking to see if the 12 oz of hashbrowns was the total amount, or 2- 12 oz bags. We are making these for our Ward’s Christmas dinner, and I need to make 28 pans of them. I wanted to be sure I bought the correct amount. I am buying everything in bulk, so I am converting it all so I can more easily figure out how much of everything I need to get.

    Thanks a ton for your help!

      Lil' Luna

      TWO 12 oz packages. Looks like you have lots of potatoes to make!! Good luck. πŸ™‚

    Samantha

    Just made your funeral potatoes and they are absolutely delicious πŸ™‚ I tried your recipe vs the one that I usually use the only thing I would do different is put fresh onions in it and definitely use the diced breakfast potatoes instead of hashbrowns. Sadly it dried out the flavors a bit with shredded πŸ™

      Lil' Luna

      Good tips. I think cubed hash browns are always the best for this casserole – glad you liked it! πŸ˜€

    Cindi

    Here is a handy trick with this dish. Get French onion dip instead of sour cream. Then you won’t have to add your onions! I do it when I make this dish!

    lisa

    They are called Funeral Potatoes because they will kill you. How many fat grams 100??

    Julia

    My MIL makes these potatoes all the time! Yum! πŸ™‚

    Sara

    We call them funeral potatoes because the women of the church used to make them for the meals they served to families following funerals at the church. We don’t put corn flakes in ours. They are great to feed a bunch of people

    cortega

    Does it have to be frozen potatoes or can I boil some potatoes leave them a bit firm and use those??

    Melinda

    I am wondering if I can make these in a crockpot. I have made them for years but never in a crockpot. We are having a potluck at work this week and said that I would bring them but have no way to heat them up if I bake it at home.

    Chelsea

    Silly question, there is a 1/2 cup of melted butter in the potatoes and then an additional 1/2 cup with the corn flake topping?

    Tami

    I just went to the store to get the ingredients to make this potato dish and all I found was a 30 oz. bag. I know it say’s 2 12 oz. bags but either way this doesn’t seem to serve many and I was wondering how many does this recipe serve? If I double the recipe it seems like it would be to much sour cream and soup and would it still fit into my 9×13 pan? Thanks for any info.

      Amber

      We use the 30 oz. bag. We keep everything else the same except the following, 2 tbsp. onion, 1/4 tsp. pepper and 1/2 lbs. velveeta instead of cheddar.

    Amber

    Love this stuff, my grandma makes it with 2 tbsp. onion, 1/4 tsp. pepper and 1/2 lbs. velveeta instead of cheddar though.. I’m going to a potluck bonfire tonight, I think I’ll take this!

    [email protected]

    So yummy!!!! Perfect for any occasion!

    Pinned.

    xxo

    [email protected]

    Love me some funeral potatoes!!!! Pinned!

    Becky

    my MIL always cooks her own potatoes, let’s them cool then shreds them. Just as good, but a lot more work than the frozen. Make sure you let the frozen hash browns thaw completely before mixing them in so they absorb all the yummy flavors!

      CarmenMcD

      How long do they take to thaw? Can I put them in the fridge overnight, or will they thaw quickly in the colinder?

        Lil' Luna

        It does take awhile to thaw in the colander, so we usually let them thaw for awhile in there and also pour hot water over them. Putting them in the fridge to thaw works too or even setting them out on the counter over night. πŸ˜‰

      Lil' Luna

      Great tip, Becky!! πŸ˜€

    Jessica

    Love these! We live in California and know them as “Fat Lady Potatoes”. A must at a potluck!

    julie abshier

    I made these last night to go with our Friday night steaks. They would have been great but 1/2 a cup of butter was way too much. Will try again but with less butter.

    Patti Smith

    I have a question. When you say minced onion, are you talking about a dried product or fresh onion?

    These sound delicious, by the way.

    Tammi

    How many can you feed with a 9×13 pan? Thanks

    Michelle

    Hmm, I’ve been making these for 22 years, when they were named “Potato Supreme”, cuz they are Supreme! Yum!

    Karen

    We call these “Cheese Potatoes” in our family. I’ve been making them for many years and they are a staple at all of the family dinners. You can use the southern style or the hash brown shred style or mix both for a twist. If you really want to put them over the top, fry up some bacon and add it to before baking. You can also mix in carmelized onions. Soooo good! πŸ™‚ These go great as a side with a meat dish and are equally good for breakfast/brunch on Christmas morning as a side with quiche that you’ve made ahead so you can enjoy family time with everyone.

    Deena

    The recipe is missing cream cheese. And, I recommed replacing corn flakes with Sugar frosted flakes.

    Dana

    We call them heart attack potatoes in my family because of the high fat content. So good though!

      Lil' Luna

      LOL! Love the name – they are so bad for you and sooooo good too!

    Jenna

    These look amazing! Going to make them for Thanksgiving this year but was wondering if I can assemble the day before and keep in the fridge? Then add the cornflakes/butter right before I put the in the oven. How would that affect the cook time? Thank you!!!

      Lil' Luna

      Yes, Jenna, you can. I will be making mine tonight as well and adding the cornflake/butter mix right before serving. I think I would just add an addition 5 minutes to the time. πŸ˜‰

    amanda

    Can I put these in a crockpot and cook on low for a few hours?

    Lorrine

    I was wondering how many cups of potatoes this would be? I wanted to try using my own boiled potatoes, and I’m afraid I will add too many and they will be bland….

      Susan

      If you have food scales, use 24 oz of prepared potatoes.

    Jackie

    Made these tonight for a potluck and they were a huge hit!! thanks for the great recipie! Will definitely make again.

      Lil' Luna

      YAY!!! I love hearing that, Jackie. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!! XO

    TP

    I make a casserole very similar to this. Mine has ham in it to make it a main dish.
    It is really good and a wonderful dish to take to someone how needs a meal for their family.
    Maybe with a side of green beans or carrots.

      Lil' Luna

      Ham would be great!! If you ever get a chance, I’d love your recipe. πŸ˜‰

    Jennie

    I know why they’re called funeral potatoes. Because back in the day, all the female friends and family, made sure that there was enough food in the house that everyone who came back to the house after the funeral service would have a wide variety to eat. The ladies would have it all ready to go. So the conversation would go something like this. Imogene, are you going to bring that great roast beef you make. But of course. Betty, do you want to do that pudding cake or bar cookies this time. Oh I think the pudding cake. Ok Georgette, can you make that fabulous wedding shower salad? And I think I’ll make my funeral potatoes they always go well.

    As a child I was privy to lots of these conversations, while my mom and her friends planned occasions. Recently my mom had a wedding shower for my daughter. Sitting on the table was the Patio Chicken Salad. Served both at my shower, my wedding, and every patio party my mom has ever gone to. One of my favorites.

    kristin

    People called this dish funeral potatoes because the casserole is commonly served as a side dish during traditional after-funeral dinners, such as those planned by members of Relief Society (a LDS auxiliary organization).

    Crystal Harshbarger

    My ex sister-in-law taught me this recipe about 23 years ago, but she just called it Potato Casserole. It was so good that I committed the recipe to memory! I have switched it up from time to time and added things like crumbled bacon, shredded chicken, and even chopped broccoli. Land ‘O Lakes makes a sour cream with onions & chives, so I’ve used that as well. This dish gets made at least once a month in my house, and we have often been known to make it as a side-dish for breakfast too. Whenever I make this, I always make a second batch. I bake one for the meal, and the second batch I mix and store in a large Ziploc bag (I keep the potatoes frozen) and throw it in the freezer for later use; just thaw the entire bag in the fridge while I’m at work and then throw it in a casserole dish and cook it that evening! Great comfort food!!!

      Lil' Luna

      Isn’t it the best?! I will definitely have to try it with the Land O Lakes sour cream you mentioned – YUM!

    Tori

    Any tips for making ahead of time? Should I wait to add the corn flakes until I reheat? I’m in charge of potatoes this Thanksgiving, and staying at my Aunt’s the night before (so I’ll have to make them before I leave for her house). They want to have as much as possible done the night before so we just have to reheat when we get home from black Friday shopping. Tips?

    lasecre0151

    Hi there, I made these last night for dinner. Had never heard of them before but seemed so delicious I had to try them. Only thing I changed I did Bran Flakes instead of Corn flakes. They were indeed delicious. But I thot this had too much butter as came out a little runny & could see it on the plates as I served it. My hubby who is totally against greasy mentioned it. So I think next time which there will be a next time I will use less butter. Thanks for sharing.

    Jessica Ford

    I’ve also made these potatoes for years, sans the Corn Flakes. We’ve dubbed them Heart Attack Potatoes. No holiday would be complete without them!

    terry

    They are called funeral potatoes because in Utah they are typically served at a funeral dinner.

    Jenna

    Is the cream of chicken soup condensed??

    Melanie

    Is there an adaptation for the crockpot?

    Emily

    I can tell you why they’re called Funeral Potatoes! They’re at EVERY mormon funeral luncheon. πŸ™‚ This recipe looks great, thanks!

    Christopher Box

    Just made my day! I had totally forgotten about these. Reminds of my childhood. Thanks for the recipe. I can’t wait to try these tasty taters!

    jen

    Thanks for sharing! My husband insists we need to call them something else. πŸ˜‰
    We’re having them for Easter.
    -Jen
    http://frontporchbliss.com

    Becca

    I adore this recipe! It was even amazing when I didn’t have enough corn flakes or sour cream so I mixed half & half with the sour cream and mixed plain potatoe chips with the topping! Yummy!

      Lil' Luna

      We love funeral potatoes!! So glad you could throw in what you had and it still tasted great! It’s a great recipe for that! Thank so much for letting me know:)

    Sherry Cole

    So, do you use 1/2 cup butter in the potato mixture AND 1/2 cup butter with the cornflake crumbs? Thanks!

      Lil' Luna

      Yes, 1/2 cup in the mixture, then 1/2 cup with the crushed corn flakes πŸ™‚ Thanks!

    Makaila Owens

    My family has always had these at Thanksgiving, Christmas & Easter! Myom usually makes them & just calls them “Cheesy potatoe casse

      Lil' Luna

      They are definitely a great holiday side for sure:) I’ve heard different names, too….not sure where this one came from? πŸ™‚ Thanks so much!

    Mala

    I don’t know much about origins but “funeral potatoes”…..because they’re to Die for!!

    Stephanie

    I use rice krispies on mine, no need to crush those, just put on top and drizzle melted butter on.

      Lil' Luna

      I’ll have to try that next time!! Thanks for sharing!!

    Carol

    I have a question. We call these Grandma’s Potates too. My family has several people that are diabetic and we are wondering if anyone has ever made this receipe using sweet potatoes, the yellow ones, instead of regular potatoes? Any ideas. Thanks

      Lil' Luna

      I personally haven’t. Has anyone else?? Hope you find someone that has!

    Shyanne Jones

    What size can of soup?

    Joy

    Yum! My family calls them funeral potatoes too. When I asked my mom why she told me because they are to die for.

    Richard Stevenson

    These are called “Funeral Potatoes” because funerals at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have a luncheon after the funeral and serve ham and these potatoes. Green jello is usually served as wellπŸ˜‰.

    Melanie

    I have made these several times from your recipe. So good! My husband calls them “death potatoes” because he forgets “funeral” πŸ˜‚ He requests them often!

      Lil' Luna

      Haha!!! I guess they’re the same thing πŸ™‚ These are a staple around here! Thank you!

    Jim

    Hi

    Grew up on farm and dinner was usually meat and potatoes. Baked at Gramma’s. love them

    These sound good but I don’t think we can get frozen hash brown potatoes here. (Mass.) Any suggestions?

    Jim

      Lil' Luna

      Hmmm…if you can’t find them in the frozen aisle at the grocery store, maybe you could cut up potatoes (peeled) into very small pieces?? Not sure if they’d need to be frozen and how that changes the recipe. I’ve never made them any other way, so this is just a guess. I’d love to know if you make them and what you do! Thank you!

    Regina

    I see why they’re called funeral potatoes: if you eat these more than once a decade, your family will be holding a funeral for you.

    Karen Jones

    I had to chuckle when I saw the recipe for funeral potatoes. I didn’t think anyone but my church group called them by that name. This is a dish that someone always brings to the funeral dinner. It is easy to make, feeds several, and everyone likes. That is why we call them funeral potatoes.

    Lequitta J Carlton

    your recipes always turn out soooooo good. I always add my touch add a little garlic here or Hatch green chili…..nothing big just my personal taste added…and I have never had a failure…family always eats and most of all the like and enjoy. Thank you

      Lil' Luna

      Nothing wrong with adding your likes πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for letting me know and for always stopping by!

    Jaimie

    Love this! Making it for a reunion. How would I make it in the crockpot?

      Lil' Luna

      I personally haven’t made them in a crockpot before. I would say maybe on low for a few hours??

    Donna Cordova

    Funeral Potatoes are called that because in the Church of Later Day Saints community whenever we have a funeral the church usually provides the meat and the women bring the sides, dessert for the meal after the funeral services. Usually these potatoes were one if the sides in the menu. It’s also where green jello salad got famous.

    Cheryl

    Hey we make this recipe all the time little bit different variation. The reason why it’s called funeral potatoes the way I understand it is because many Christian religions are especially the Mormons make it for the dinner served after funerals.

      Kristyn Merkley

      Yes, there are so many different ways you could change this recipe up & I think you are right about the meaning πŸ™‚

    Jackie Adams

    My family LOVES these!! We call them PARTY POTATOES though! Haha! No matter what you call them they are ALWAYS a hit!! Making them tomorrow as a matter of fact!

      Kristyn Merkley

      Very true..they are called so many different things, but always a hit! Thank you!

    David

    the Funeral Potatoes got me top your site and the other recipes look just as good

    Deb

    I have a friend who comes from Idaho. She said Funeral Potatoes were a dish served at funerals when they were pot-luck affairs in the old days. As well, they were one of the casseroles people brought to the families in mourning. I gather most people didn’t get to eat this dish except around funerals, hence the name.

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