Easy Funeral Potatoes Recipe that can be made in advance. This cheesy potato casserole is the perfect comfort food. It is easy to prepare and tastes amazing.
These potatoes are also known as party potatoes.
This cheesy potato casserole is the perfect side dish that everyone will love. It make a full casserole dish of cheesy potato goodness.
These are a great alternative to mashed potatoes if you are looking to add a new side dish to your menu planning.
If you are wondering why they are called funeral potatoes don't worry you are not alone!
I had to google and see if I could find some of the history behind this epic potato dish. What I found was this potato side dish is popular at after-funeral luncheons or dinners.
They are some times called Mormon Funeral Potatoes because they are incredibly popular in the culture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
While this is a sad reason to make this potato dish trust me they can be made year round.
This recipe is sort of similar to our Cracker Barrel Hash brown Casserole with a few tweaks and added toppings.
- Frozen Hash browns
- Sour Cream
- Cream of Chicken Soup/Cream of Potato Soup
- Garlic Powder
- Cheddar Cheese
- Corn Flakes Cereal
- Salt and pepper
Optional Add ons - Bacon, diced onion,
Frozen Hashbrowns - You can use diced or shredded potatoes for this recipe.
Cream of Soup - The most popular variety of soup to use is cream of chicken soup. If you are serving this to a vegetarian we highly suggest cream of potato soup so they are able to enjoy it.
Garlic Powder - We love the garlic flavor in this recipe. You can also use dried minced onion.
Cheddar Cheese - You can use classic cheddar cheese or change it up and use a triple cheddar cheese mixture. These potatoes also taste amazing with Monterey jack, Colby jack, or any other cheese you love.
Corn Flake Cereal - If you don't have corn flakes or want to change the recipe up a bit you can also use panko crumbs or even Ritz Crackers.
Butter - Make sure to divide the tablespoons of butter according to the recipe.
Large Mixing Bowl - We are big fans of this glass batter bowl that has a handle. It makes it easy to mix ingredients and keeps the mixing bowl steady on the counter.
How to make Funeral Potatoes
Set the frozen hashbrown potatoes out in the fridge overnight to thaw them. You want them to be fully thawed so they cook perfectly.
If you forget to set them out overnight in the fridge you can also place them on a baking sheet in a 200 degree oven and cook them for about 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees when you are ready to start assembling the funeral potatoes.
Step 1 - Combine sour cream, cream of chicken soup, a portion of melted butter, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
Make sure you use a LARGE bowl. You will be adding the potatoes to the bowl and you want them to all be contained.
Step 2 - Add in shredded cheddar cheese and evenly mix.
Step 3- Add thawed potatoes and mix with cream of chicken soup mixture until evenly coated.
Spoon mixture into a greased baking dish.
Step 4 - Add corn flakes to a sealed bag and crush them. You can crush them by hand or use a rolling pin or glass to crush them.
You don't need to pulverize the cornflakes just break them into smaller pieces.
Spread crushed cornflakes over the top of the potato mixture.
Step 5 - Your funeral potatoes are ready to bake! Just place them in the oven uncovered and patiently wait until they are ready.
Time to enjoy these epic cheesy potatoes!
Make Ahead Funeral Potatoes
If you have been wondering if you can freeze funeral potatoes you came to the right section!
If you want to make these cheesy party potatoes ahead of time you totally can!
Follow the recipe below up to the point you add the potato mixture to the casserole dish.
Place the covered dish of potatoes and sour cream cheese mixture into the freezer until you know you want to serve it.
Pull the dish out the night before and let it thaw in the refrigerator. Add the cornflakes and butter, bake as directed.
If you plan on freezing this dish or taking it somewhere frozen we suggest using a disposable casserole dish so you don't have to worry about transporting a glass dish or leaving it in the freezer.
If you don't have corn flakes this recipe can also be made with crushed potato chips.
Store any leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave.
This recipe can be doubled, tripled, or more if you need to serve it to a large crowd.
Great Side Dishes
This is a great side dish for ham.
- Thaw Hashbrowns potatoes in the refrigerator overnight until thawed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine sour cream, cream of chicken/potato soup, 6 tbsp. butter, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Stir together.
- Add shredded cheese to the bowl and mix together.
- Add hash brown potatoes and stir together until well mixed. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan.
- Crush Cornflakes with your hands or a rolling pin in a Ziploc bag. Add in 6 tbsp. butter and mix together. Sprinkle cornflakes over the potato mixture.
- Bake uncovered for 40-45 minutes.