Funeral potatoes are a classic dish that is comfort food at it’s best! Potatoes smothered in a creamy cheesy sauce topped with a crispy buttery topping! These are perfect for any potluck or party definitely not just for funerals!
Whether you’ve heard them called funeral potatoes or cheesy potatoes you’ve probably had this classic dish at a gathering or potluck! It is so easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser!
Why are they called funeral potatoes?
For as tasty as this dish is it has a rather morbid name! I’m sure that orignially had a different name but after becoming a staple at funeral meals it got the nickname funeral potatoes.
But obviously they make the perfect side dish for holidays, parties, or just a weeknight dinner!
Can you use another topping?
For my version I used a classic cornflake topping. Cornflakes get nice and crunchy and I think are the best topping option. However, many people use crushed Ritz crackers, potato chips, or bread crumbs. If you use bread crumbs I recommend using panko, the topping is there to add some texture and they add a nice crunch!
Here’s how to make these funeral potatoes-
1 Medium Onion –diced
3 Tbsp. Butter
32 oz. Southern Style Hash browns (cubed potatoes)
2 Cups Sour Cream
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
3 Cups Corn Flakes
The first thing you’ll need to do is preheat your oven to 350 and grease a 13×9 inch pan.
Now in a skillet melt 1 tablespoon of butter and add in your diced onion. Sauté your onions for about 10 minutes or until translucent and soft.
In a large bowl combine the hash browns, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, and shredded cheddar cheese stir well.
Now spread the potato mixture in the bottom of your prepared pan.
Now in the skillet you sautéed your onions in melt the other 2 tablespoons of butter. Pour the cornflakes in the pan and stir to coat them with the melted butter. You can leave the cornflakes relatively in tact or crunch them up into crumbs.
Spread the cornflakes evenly across the potato mixture
Place the pan in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until warm and bubbly and golden brown on top. Serve to your friends and family who are sure to love them!
Donna Schwake says
Do you thaw the potatoes or mix in frozen?
Can I prepare the day before I bake them?
You can! I would wait and add the corn flake mixture right before baking them. But you can put everything else together beforehand!
Do you thaw the hashbrowns first or mix them in frozen? Thanks!