Funeral Potatoes Cheesy Potato Casserole

 

 

 

I guess I grew up in a weird place because I had never heard of “funeral potatoes” until moving to Utah. It’s really just cheesy potato casserole, but the funny name is what I like to use.

 

 

Everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE has their own recipe for this potluck favorite. I hear that they are well known everywhere, but that people call them all sorts of different things. I was a little hesitant at first, but upon trying them I can see why everyone loves them. I looooove the cheese-y potatoes with the crunchy topping! It’s delicious. I just had one hold up… What’s with all of the cream of something soup? I wanted real ingredients, and although I did do the normal cornflake topping, I think I’ll do Panko next time. I loooved the flavor in these REAL Funeral potatoes.

 

 

 

And my mom says that they sometimes have potato chips as a topping too, but I’ve only ever had corn flakes cereal (how odd to combine cereal and cheese potatoes, but it works!) so that’s what we stick with. I don’t know why they are are so good, maybe just the whole comfort foods thing, but we have them every Christmas or Easter now.

 

Can Cooked Potatoes Be Frozen?

Cooked potatoes freeze well.

You can make a casserole containing potatoes, bake it and freeze it to be reheated later.

 

Are Potatoes Fattening?

Potatoes have a bad rap for being fattening, but that is really not true.

A medium, unsalted plain baked potato with skin has only 160 calories and is naturally fat- and cholesterol-free.

Potatoes offer many nutrients and minerals, but can become unhealthy if fried or loaded with butter, sour cream and cheese.

 

Are Corn Flakes Gluten Free?

Many cereals made with gluten free corn or rice are not gluten free.

Malt flavoring is often added to cereal.

Malt is made from barley, which contains gluten.

Corn Flakes contain malt flavoring and so corn flakes are not gluten free.

 

Funeral Potatoes Cheesy Potato Casserole

Cheesy Potato Casserole with Corn Flake topping (we call them funeral potatoes haha) ohsweetbasil.com
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Funeral Potatoes

I guess I grew up in a weird place because I had never heard of "funeral potatoes" until moving to Utah. It's really just cheesy potato casserole, but the funny name is what I like to use.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Over 300 Christmas Recipes and Ideas to Bring the Christmas Spirit
Keyword: casserole, cheese, corn flakes, potatoes, side
Calories: 4144kcal
Author: Sweet Basil

Ingredients

Recipe By Me

  • 3 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Medium yellow onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Knorr Homestyle Chicken Stock
  • 1 3/4 Cup Hot Water
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Dash Hot Sauce
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded Tillamook Extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 26- ounce bag frozen shredded hash browns
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream

Topping

  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter Melted
  • 2 1/2 Cups slightly crushed Corn Flakes

Instructions

  • In a large sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and cook until the onion is softened and translucent, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Quickly whisk in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about a minute in order to cook out the flour taste.
  • Combine the chicken stock and hot water and stir until the stock has melted out evenly.
  • Add it to the milk in a liquid measure and slowly whisk into the butter and onion mixture.
  • Add the salt, pepper, Worcestershire, and hot sauce.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently, until the mixture is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • Take the pot off the heat and add the sour cream.
  • Then stir in the cheese until smooth.
  • Mix in the frozen hash browns, lifting and folding the mixture until well combined.
  • In a medium bowl, toss the lightly crushed cornflakes with the butter until evenly combined.
  • Scoop out the potato mixture into a 9X13-inch baking dish and top with the buttered cornflakes.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, until hot and bubbly around the edges.
  • Remove from the oven and let sit for about 10 min and then serve!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 4144kcal | Carbohydrates: 329g | Protein: 95.2g | Cholesterol: 448.3mg | Fiber: 26g | Sugar: 29.5g
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44 comments on “Funeral Potatoes Cheesy Potato Casserole”

  1. Here in Ireland we never heard of funeral potatoes scallop potatoes is what we call them but i tried a different one it had sage and onion stuffing mashed in it was very tasty made much the same but stuffing added

  2. These sound very good. I also have a version that calls for cream of celery soup but I am going to try these to see which I like better. No one in the house has Gluten allergies, so I will just make whichever is a bigger hit.

  3. I lived in New England for a while shortly after we were married, and yes they were called funeral potatoes there as well. I like the idea of not using cream of something soups and will give this a try.

    • How interesting! I am always surprised to hear how some states use one name even though they are far apart and others right next door don’t even resemble each other. At least someone else out there gets the funeral potato name!

  4. I want to make this but would rather use fresh potatos. How many potato’s would you use to equal the hash browns? Also if I were to boil them first, how long do you boil them? Thanks so much.

    • It would be about 7 1/2 cups which depends on the size of your potatoes how many you’ll need. If you boil them I would just do a quick couple of minutes and then straight into an ice bath to stop the cooking otherwise they will be mush when you bake them.

  5. Had these first when growing up my friend’s LARGE family took me to my first Steelers football game. Her mom made these to feed us all before the game, she called them “Pittsburgh” potatoes, when her sister came over and brought her version she called them “Greensburg” potatoes – because she lived there, and because her’s had peppers & onions in them. When I went home I asked Mom if she knew how to make “Pittsburgh” potatoes, she’d never heard of them, so she called my friend’s mom. When she hung up she said – honey, those are the “Church” potatoes I make and send for “the Dead Spread” that’s after someone’s funeral. I never make them for us here because Grandpap doesn’t like them and it makes just too much for just Me, You, & your Brother. Apparently I grew up in a weird area too!

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  7. My hubs and I jokingly call them “It’s YOUR funeral potatoes” because of all the processed junk I’m it. We have been looking for a cleaner version so I was happy to see this post today. Thank you!! Our Easter meal is complete now. PS I’m not a food snob. 🙂 I am highly allergic to all chemicals, including food additives.

  8. I love these, so does my husband. We usually have them at our favorite restaurant, but they’re awfully salty. I’ve tried to make them at home but can never match them. When ordering I ask for scalloped potatoes them never knew what I was asking for, I finally learned they’re called au’graten. So funny how everyone loves them, but knows them by another name. I definitely plan to make this recipe. One question however, has anyone ever tried making them in a slow cooker?

  9. We called them “Heavenly Potatoes”…. I guess someone decided that
    “Funeral doesn’t sound very appetizing 🙂

  10. Funeral potatoes have cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup and sour cream, cheese,chicken broth,and butter in them. They got their name from a recipe that the ladies were asked to bring to funeral luncheons. The cream soups are used to keep the price down and to unify the results of different women making them. As a caterer I’ve made 100’s of pans of funeral potatoes. I like to put cheese as the topping instead of corn flakes. It travels better in chaffing pans. Never had leftovers when I served these. Everyone enjoys them.

  11. My tip for making this casserole- use non fat or at least low fat sour cream rather than full fat. Believe it or not, it adds MORE flavor!!

  12. I’ve gone to a number of family funerals over the past year or so. Being LDS, they have each involved funeral potatoes. At each funeral luncheon I’ve sampled as many of the funeral potato varieties as possible in search of the perfect one. I may have to give yours a try as a blogger I trust. I’ll shred my own potatoes for it though since I just bought a bag of russets at 15 cents a pound. You can’t beat that in price!

  13. my mother and I have made these for years…but the cornflakes need to be fried in a bit of nutter till they are slightly crispy…then sprinkled over the potato mixture

  14. Hashbrown Casserole here.
    I have topped them with the French Fried Onion rings and they add a wonderful flavor. I buy them in bulk at the bulk food store and use them on my green bean casserole too 🙂

  15. The recipe sounds great, just wondering if anyone uses fresh rather than frozen hashbrowns, am thinking I will shred my own and cook them with some mushrooms and cumin and paprika.

    • Paula, that sounds wonderful! I’ve used fresh, but they were faster to brown and you do need to adjust the cooking time down a little. Other than that there wasn’t any difference, well I guess more work, but I say go for it!

  16. The only thing i can think of for a reason the are called Funeral Potatoes are they are to die for… Nuff said.

    • haha, true. And I guess everyone always made a huge pan and brought them to luncheons after funerals. It’s a whole new world to me as I didn’t grow up with them in the Pacific Northwest

  17. The beauty of this is the “No creamed soup!” I have Celiac and can’t have any gluten. Cream soups are loaded with it. I can use my GF flour blend & GF chicken stock. I always made something very similar to this with cream of celery soup, sour cream & milk. Added cheese and french fried onions, then I’d put pork chops on top and bake. My family loves it but when I tried the GF celery soup it did not taste as good. This will do the trick for me I’m sure! Thanks, I will be trying this out GF style.

  18. I love these, but the beauty of using the cream soups are, it’s incredibly fast and easy to make. I can appreciate if you love to cook, doing this way, and I’ve no doubt they are better because of it. I however am a weird person. I love looking at recipes, but HATE to cook. The original recipe was something even I could do because it was fast and easy. Since I eat low carb now, I don’t make these anymore, but I was just to a funeral in Utah recently, and this was definitely served. Calling it funeral potatoes is kind of a joke here, as you can count on it always being part of the luncheon menu after the funeral. I renamed my version Annie’s Party Potatoes, and will still make them once or twice a year for parties. 🙂

  19. Here in Missouri we call them party potatoes!

  20. I have never heard them called this either! In Ohio, where I am, we just call them cheesy potatoes. I admit to having made them with the creamed soups. This is definitely a recipe I am going to try out! I love the idea of not using the soup.

  21. I'm thrilled that you would rather do homemade instead of 'cream of' soups. I can't have the gluten that all canned 'cream of' soups have!
    Thank you, thank you.

  22. LOVE funeral potatoes. But I have to ask, what exactly is it about the “cream of” soups that turns you off? I just don't understand what the big deal is about using it. It makes things delicious, and it's easy! Sorry, I just don't really get this aversion that so many food bloggers seem to have to cream of something soups. I'm sure your version is delish, though. I'll have to try it!

    • DITTO JEN ! I love cooking with cream soups. you can come up with your own taste easily without a lot of extra wear and tear on the brain. and something else ; i don’t care what they call it as long as the cook calls me when the “done” timer goes off.

  23. Yummy! In my husbands family, this is called “Happiness Casserole” because its so good it makes you happy when you eat it! I love how so many people have basically the same recipe but call it different things!

  24. I am intrigued, these look fab.

  25. I grew up with 'cheesy potatoes'. I love the idea of using all real ingredients (I admit to using the cream of soup)

  26. I despise the name they have here, I mean anyone from anywhere else is like what the???? They are yummylicious though. I call them Cheesy Potatoes.

    Also I think cream of something soup has replaced lime green jello as the go to staple in every pantry in Utah…just sayin!

  27. I grew up eating funeral potatoes. Your version sounds great.

  28. That's a new one for me too! But it sounds very creamy and yummy! 🙂

  29. I must have grown up in a weird place as well since I've never heard of funeral potatoes either. There is a similar potato casserole around here that is simply called potluck potatoes unless sausage is added, in which case it's called breakfast casserole.