Funeral Potatoes Recipe is the ultimate comfort food to serve at all your family gatherings. It is made with easy ingredients and full of flavor.
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Easy Funeral Potatoes Recipe:
Funeral potatoes is a classic recipe that we serve for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. It is the perfect side dish for potlucks and funeral luncheons.
This ultimate side dish is made with a cream, cheese center and a crispy topping. If you are looking for the ultimate comfort food recipe, this is the one to make. It is a must for all of our holiday meals.
All you need is simple ingredients to make this delicious casserole. This casserole can easily be made ahead of time and frozen too. Cheesy potato casserole is one of our favorite side dishes.
Why are they called Funeral Potatoes?
This cheesy potato casserole recipe is a staple side dish at funerals because it so comforting. It is an easy side dish to feed a crowd so we always serve it at our potluck dinners.
You will always find this casserole recipe being served at my house for the holiday dinner and throughout the year. We often serve it with mashed potatoes because we love them both.
- Frozen Diced Hash Browns (32 ounces)
- Sour Cream
- Cream of Chicken Soup (10.5 ounces)
- Unsalted Butter (melted and divided)
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Black Pepper
- Corn Flakes
How to Make Funeral Potatoes:
- Step 1 – Heat Oven – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then spray a 9X13 casserole dish with a non-stick cooking spray.
- Step 2 – Combine Ingredients – In a large bowl, stir together the cream of chicken soup and sour cream. Add in half of the melted butter until well combined.
- Step 3 – Stir in Frozen hash browns – Stir in the hash browns, cheese, salt and pepper and mix until well combined.
- Step 4 – Pour the mixture into the 9 X 13-inch pan and top with the cornflakes.
- Step 5 – Top with Melted Butter – Pour the remaining melted butter on top of the casserole.
- Step 6 – Ready to Bake Casserole – Bake hash brown casserole for 45-50 minutes. Bake until the top of the casserole is golden brown and the potatoes are tender.
- Step 7 – Serve and Enjoy – Let the casserole sit for 10-15 and then it’s ready to serve and enjoy.
Can you prepare Funeral Potatoes ahead of time?
This recipe can be made ahead. Make the casserole as detailed but do not add the cornflake topping.
Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. When baking, add the cornflake topping and bake per the recipe.
- Prepare Baking Dish – Heat the oven and prepare the 9 x 13 inch baking dish by spraying with cooking spray. This helps when serving and for an easy clean up.
- Hash Browns – There is no need to thaw the frozen hash browns before added to this hash brown casserole. Everything will cook while in the oven.
- Cover Casserole – If your casserole topping starts to burn, you can cover the top with aluminum foil.
- Mixing Ingredients – Make sure to thoroughly combine the ingredients for best results.
- Rest Casserole – Before serving the casserole, allow it to rest for about 15 minutes. This allows for the texture to thicken and become creamy.
Funeral Potatoes Recipe Easy Variation Ideas:
- Hashbrowns – You can use shredded hash browns instead of diced for this recipe if you prefer.
- Cream of Chicken Soup – We used cream of chicken soup, but you can also use cream of mushroom soup or cream of celery soup.
- Crunchy Toppings – Crush corn flakes work great with this recipe. But you can also top the mixture with bread crumbs or crushed potato chips.
- Lighter Option – For a lighter option, substitute sour cream for plain Greek Yogurt.
- Seasoning – Feel free to change the seasoning to what you prefer. You can also add in garlic powder and onion powder.
- Add Meat – You can easily make this a complete meal by adding in diced ham or chopped up bacon.
- Cheese – Feel free to change the cheese in this recipe. We used cheddar cheese but you can also use sharp cheddar cheese or parmesan cheese.
Can I use Fresh Potatoes in this Recipe?
Yes, if you prefer you can make this cheesy potato casserole with fresh potatoes. Make sure to use russet potatoes because they are firm and have a dry texture.
When preparing this casserole make sure to peel and dice in about the same size so they cook evenly.
What to Serve with Funeral Potatoes?
This funeral potatoes can be served with many different meats. We look forward to this every holiday and have even made it with our grilled chicken.
No matter what you serve with it, this dish will be loved by all.
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How to Freeze Funeral Potatoes:
This is a great recipe to double so that you can stock one in the freezer.
- Prepare the casserole as the recipe card indicates.
- Cool the casserole completely before storing.
- We recommend preparing the casserole in a freeze safe container for easy storing.
- Cover the casserole with plastic wrap and then with foil to prevent freezer burns.
- If stored properly this casserole will stay fresh for up to 2 months.
When you are ready to reheat, place the casserole in the fridge overnight to thaw. Then reheat in the oven until casserole is heated through.
The consistency may change but the casserole will still be delicious.
How to Store Leftovers:
Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
This side dish reheats well in the microwave covered in plastic wrap. You can also reheat in the oven or on the stove top in a skillet until cheese melt.
Serve with your holiday leftover meat for a delicious lunch the next day.
Print Recipe for Funeral Potatoes:
- 1 bag frozen diced Hash Browns 32 ounces
- 2 cups Sour Cream
- 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup 10.5 ounces
- ½ cup Unsalted Butter melted and divided
- 2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
- 2 cups Corn Flakes
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a 9X13 baking pan with a non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, stir together the sour cream, cream of chicken soup and half of the melted butter until well combined.
- Stir in the hash browns, cheese, salt and pepper and mix until well combined.
- Pour the mixture into the 9X13 pan and top with the cornflakes.
- Pour the remaining melted butter on top of the casserole.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes until the top of the casserole is golden brown and the potatoes are tender.
- Let the casserole sit for 10-15 and then it’s ready to serve and enjoy!
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