Funeral Potatoes

Sides · March 5, 2018

Cheesy and delicious Funeral potatoes (aka Cheesy potatoes, Party Potatoes). This simple casserole is a potato lovers dream. With cheesy, sour cream, butter, cream of chicken and born, these potatoes are perfect for any meal or holiday.

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!

Cheesy Potatoes

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˜€

Cheesy Potato recipe - a family favorite and holiday classic!

Funeral Potatoes (aka Party Potatoes)

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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5 from 6 votes

Funeral Potatoes Recipe

Cheesy and delicious Funeral potatoes (aka Cheesy potatoes, Party Potatoes). This simple casserole is a potato lovers dream. With cheesy, sour cream, butter, cream of chicken and born, these potatoes are perfect for any meal or holiday.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 244 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley


  • 2 12 oz. packages Frozen Cubed Hash Browns thawes
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder optional
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2-3 cups corn flakes crushed
  • 1/2 cup butter melted


  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.

Nutrition Facts
Funeral Potatoes Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 244 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 516mg 22%
Potassium 69mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 15.4%
Vitamin C 1.2%
Calcium 14%
Iron 7.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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

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


        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.
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          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˜‰


          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.


          Before reading this, I figured they got the name because they are to “die” for. Lol

    jen @ Tatertots & Jello

    Oh my goodness – my favorite!


      Lil' Luna

      Same, Jen!! πŸ˜€


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

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

        marcus diddens

        How much does 1 can of cream of chicken add up to?


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


      I use “Southern Style Hash brown potatoes”

        Lil' Luna

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


          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!


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


            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!
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      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.
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      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˜‰


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


    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™‚

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


    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!
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      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!


    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!


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

          Lil' Luna

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


    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!!


    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™‚


    We call these Wedding Potatoes!!

      Lil' Luna

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


    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.
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      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!
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      Lil' Luna

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


    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.


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


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

    Jodi Luther

    Could you make these in the crockpot?


    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™‚


    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˜€


    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!


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


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


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


      I almost always make these from potatoes i have peeled, diced, and shredded myself. I also use cream of mushroom soup and green onions. Cream of mushroom is like a “secret ingredient” even people I know who hate cream of mushroom or mushrooms in general always rave about how my funeral potatoes are “better” than any others, then I tell them why…


    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.


    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?


      I was wondering the same thing

        Kristyn Merkley

        Yes, there is butter in the potato part, then the crushed corn flakes get mixed with melted butter before adding them to the top.


    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.


      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.


    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!

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    So yummy!!!! Perfect for any occasion!



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    Love me some funeral potatoes!!!! Pinned!
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    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!


      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˜€


    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.


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


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


    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.


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


    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!


    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˜‰


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


    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….


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


    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


    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˜‰


    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.


    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!


    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?


    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!


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


    Is the cream of chicken soup condensed??


    Is there an adaptation for the crockpot?


    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!
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    Thanks for sharing! My husband insists we need to call them something else. πŸ˜‰
    We’re having them for Easter.


    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!


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


    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!!


    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?


    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˜‰.


    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!



    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?


      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!


      Look for Potatoes O’Brien, you can usually get them with our without onions and peppers in the frozen section with French fries. I’ve purchased them in MA before.


    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!


    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.


    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!


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


    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.


    I couldn’t get a hold of my mom for her recipe – found it! We call them “Party Potatoes” and the only difference is we use Ritz crackers/butter on top instead of cereal. Thanks for sharing!


    Question…when it says 2 packages of southern hash brown 12 oz. Is that meaning 12 oz. total (6 oz. each) or actually 2 (12oz.) bags? Thanks!

      Kristyn Merkley

      It would be 24 ounces total or around that. I know sometimes it’s in a bigger bag, but that’s ok.

    Debbie Schafer

    Funeral potatoes are called harvest potatoes where I come from. Probably called funeral potatoes because all these country women from church prepare them to take to families who have lost a loved one. Easy to make and easy for the family to reheat


    These were such a hit with my family!


    Is it possible to half this recipe?

    Laurie Ford

    If I’m More than doubling the recipe and let’s say have 3 cups of sour cream and 2 cups of cream cheese do u think that will mix ok together and work? I didn’t realize the recipe called for 2 bags of 12oz bags of hash brown potatoes and have one bag of 32oz potatoes!! Need to send my fiancΓ© with a dish to take to his fathers funeral tomorrow!!!

    Jacob Smith

    hello , for what ever reason i had no corn flakes on hand; I went to the shop to see if they had some no-just frosted flakes i chose not to buy frosted flakes but instead decided to use captain crunch instead. it was a disaster i used a stick of butter for the top and a stick of butter for the goop i think i misread the recipe because when it was finished cooking it was just surrounded by tons of butter. the captain crush looked so gross as when i crushed it it turned green and man i’m telling you don’t substitute cereals and don’t add too much butter. but i tell you what nothing will bring a smile on someones face like “la capiton croonch de papa funerl “

      Kristyn Merkley

      LOL!!! At least, you tried to experiment πŸ˜‰ Yes, I only melt a little butter with the cereal.


        I have used crushed ritz crackers as a topping, but my husbands favorite is when I use crushed salt and pepper potato chips!


    When you said to sprinkle butter ,did you mean after corn flakes or before you add them?thanks

      Kristyn Merkley

      You sprinkle on buttered, crushed cornflakes πŸ™‚ In the ingredient list you will add some melted butter to crushed cornflakes. Add them right before you bake πŸ™‚



      Kristyn Merkley

      That is strange! I’m sorry they were..I haven’t had that happen. You cooked according to directions?

    Lisa R.

    Your funeral potato recipe,is a recipe my family makes all the time minus the cornflakes. We add a few chives. Our name for them is party potatoes.

    Stanley Kustesky

    Funeral potatoes (also known as Mormon funeral potatoes or party potatoes[1][2][3]) is a traditional potato hotdish or casserole[4] that originated in the Intermountain West region of the United States. Both Mormon and Southern[5] people call this dish “funeral potatoes” because the casserole is commonly served as a side dish during traditional after-funeral dinners,[6] such as those planned by members of the Relief Society[7] (a LDS auxiliary organization). The dish is also served at other social gatherings such as potlucks, typically in areas with a significant Latter-day Saint population in the Mormon Corridor.[8]

    Frances Carol Laronga

    Thank you for the great recipe Funeral Potatoes. I can’t wait to try it! Also thank you, Kristy for your recipe e-book!

    Denise Maisel

    I am making these for Easter and need to triple the recipe. Do I triple the butter or is that too much?

      Kristyn Merkley

      If you are tripling the recipe, then yes, you would triple the butter too πŸ™‚ Not too much for the amount of other ingredients πŸ™‚ ENJOY!


    Does anyone know if this can baked a day before with success? Wondered if it might dryout. Thank you.

      Kristyn Merkley

      I have not. I’ve put it together a day before, then baked the day of, but haven’t baked it ahead.

    Judy Dyess Spencer

    Having a family dinner, soon, and will be making this recipe (as a surprise). Usually, I am asked to bring my “famous” confetti coleslaw. Thank you for sharing your recipes.


    I’m trying this for the first time for Easter. You mention onions, & we’re onion lovers, but you don’t mention them in the actual recipe. Should I sautΓ© some first & add to other ingredients, or add raw? Sounds delicious & similar to a potato dish I had at Coola’s Fish Bar in Florida which they are famous for them!

      Kristyn Merkley

      I know I am answering after Easter, so I am sorry about that. I try not to do work on weekends. I personally don’t like onions, that’s why I leave them out, but you could totally add some. You could saute them a little first or add them raw, since they will cook in the oven.


    Made these for Easter yesterday. Huge success. Everyone had seconds. I didn’t think ahead and all my 9×13 were in use for other easter dishes AND I doubled the recipie since I had 12 guests! I used three 9 inch rounds and followed the recipie to the tee. The first dish was gone in seconds, literally. You should have seen my guests faces when I brought out the other 2 rounds. First, relief then joy. Thanks for the recipie. I’ve only used shredded before but I will use diced from now on. Give it a much hardier bite and adds more “comfort” to this comfort food. Which is also why I thought they were named funeral potatos. Anyway, great recipie.

      Kristyn Merkley

      Awe, I love to hear that!! Thank you so much for letting me know. And, yes, they are usually gone so fast & we have to double the recipe too!


    Hi there!! Will I be able to make these in the crock pot??

      Kristyn Merkley

      You know, I have never tried! I bet you could though. I would have to experiment πŸ™‚


    How long do I bake if I double Jen ingredients but bake in one pan?

      Kristyn Merkley

      I would put them in an 11×17 to double & it should be about the same amount. You can add a few minutes, if it needs it, though.

    Penny Stout

    I would rather call this recipe Comfort Potatoes! It sounds more uplifting☺ I’ve not made them yet, but I sure will! Thank-you for the recipeπŸ˜„πŸ’™


    Made these today for a funeral and they were delish!

    LeAnna Taylor

    They are called funeral potatoes because they originally were made my Mormons for the after funeral dinners they had that their Releaf Society would cater.


    Hi I was just wondering if this recipe is freezer friendly?


    If I make this with my own chopped potatoes, how would I do this?

    Thank you for the help with this.

    Renee Wanamaker

    I make these funeral potatoes all the time as well,instead of corn flakes I use Frosted Flakes . My family ( and everyone & their brother !) lovesthem

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