These funeral potatoes are a hearty, warm cheesy potato dish that is a winner addition to any family dinner, or holiday meal. They’re a cheesy, and creamy hashbrown casserole that is topped with a crispy cornflake topping, and is destined to be a crowd favorite.
These cheesy funeral potatoes are always a good idea. They’re perfect for family gatherings, holiday dinners, or just when you need a scoop of comfort. They’re the ultimate comfort food, because who can say no to hot cheesy potatoes?
Why are they called funeral potatoes?
These cheesy hashbrown potatoes get the name “funeral potatoes” because they are a popular casserole dish served at after funeral luncheons (particularly in the culture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). They are a comforting, and heartwarming dish that everyone loves.
Why these are the best Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes
- Delicious flavor: Who doesn’t love soft potatoes covered in a cheesy, creamy, rich sauce. I can’t turn them down.
- Great Texture: The cheesy potatoes are taken to the next level with their crunchy and buttery corn flakes!
- Quick and Easy: This is a super simple dish, with just a few ingredients, that you can toss together and have baking in just minutes.
Ingredients for Cheesy Hash Browns
This is a quick overview of the ingredients you’ll need for this Funeral Potatoes Recipe. Specific measurements and full recipe instructions are in the printable recipe card below.
- frozen hashbrowns – you can use a bag of frozen shredded hashbrowns, or diced hashbrowns, depending on your preference
- sour cream – this makes the sauce so rich and creamy
- cream of chicken soup – this helps create the creamy sauce and adds flavor.
- Onion dip mix
- shredded cheddar cheese – I recommend shredding your own cheese to avoid any anti-clumping agents, but you can grab a bag of pre-shredded if needed. I like to use sharp cheddar cheese, but you can pick your favorite type of cheese for this dish
- cornflakes – these add the perfect crunchy topping
How to make Cheesy Hashbrown Potato Casserole?
- Combine the cheesy sauce ingredients in a large bowl, you’ll need sour cream, cream of chicken soup, melted butter, salt, and French onion powder.
- Add in the hash browns, and 1 1/2 cups of the shredded cheese and stir it all together to coat the potatoes evenly in the mixture.
- Spread the potato mixture in a 9×13 baking pan and sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese. We want lots of cheese!
- Make the cornflake topping. In a small bowl add the crushed cornflakes and remaining melted butter and mix them together.
- Sprinkle the crushed cornflakes over the top of the potatoes.
- Bake the potato casserole in the oven until the crunchy corn flake topping is golden and the mixture is bubbly, and hot throughout.
Cheesy Potatoes with Hash Browns Tips and Tricks
- Flavor: Add a variety of flavors with extra seasonings, add garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, black pepper, etc.
- Leave out the Onion: If you don’t like the flavor of onion, skip the French Onion Dip packet and add a little extra salt instead.
- Make it Meaty: Add 1 to 2 cups of diced ham, or cooked bacon to add some extra flavor and turn this into a main dish, instead of a side dish.
- Crunchy Topping: Instead of Cornflakes Cereal you can use potato chips or Ritz crackers for the crunchy topping. Use the same amount of topping, and butter for this replacement.
Make Ahead and Storage Instructions
To make the potatoes ahead of time you can make them through step xxx when the mixture is spread into a 9×13 dish. Store the dish covered in the fridge for up to 1 day. Add the crunchy cornflake topping onto the potatoes then bake, adding an extra 10 minutes or so to the baking time, if they’re going in cold from the fridge.
You can also freeze the funeral potatoes at the same point. Cover them with plastic wrap and foil and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re almost ready to make, thaw the potatoes in the fridge overnight, then bake as directed above.
The fully baked potatoes can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat the potatoes in the microwave, or put the pan back in the oven and reheat at 350 F until hot throughout.
Funeral Potatoes FAQs:
Can I use fresh potatoes instead of frozen hash browns?
You can use fresh potatoes. You will want to peel 6 to 8 medium russet potatoes into small cubes, and parboil them for 1 to 2 minutes. Let them drain and cool to room temperature, then use in the recipe as directed.
You could also shred the potatoes instead of cubing them. Parboil the whole peeled potatoes, for 5 to 10 minutes, then let them cool and shred them with a box grater.
Can I use something else besides cream of chicken soup?
Instead of cream of chicken soup you can substitute cream of mushroom soup, or cream of celery soup. You can use a homemade version instead of grabbing a can from the store if you prefer the flavor.
These funeral potatoes are more than an after-funeral lunch item. They’re a comforting side dish that you’ll love adding to so many meals. They’re the ultimate cheesy potato dish that you’ll want to serve up for Thanksgiving, Christmas dinner, Easter dinner, or for a Sunday night dinner.
Funeral Potatoes – Cheesy Hashbrown Potato Casserole
- 30 oz frozen hashbrowns (diced or shredded will work, thawed)
- 16 oz sour cream
- 10.5 oz condensed cream of chicken soup
- 1/2 cup butter (divided and melted)
- 1 oz Onion Dip Mix
- 1 tsp salt (to taste)
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (divided)
- 3 cups Corn flake cereal
- Allow potatoes to thaw in the fridge overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Add the sour cream, cream of chicken soup, 1/4 cup melted butter, Onion Dip Mix, and salt to a large bowl and stir them together.
- Add the potatoes, and 1 1/2 cups of the shredded cheese and stir it together to mix well.
- Transfer the potato mixture into a 9×13 pan.
- Sprinkle the extra cheese on top of the potatoes.
- Crush the cornflakes in a ziplock bag with your hands, or with a rolling pin.
- Add the cornflakes to a small bowl, with the remaining 1/4 cup of melted butter and stir it to combine.
- Sprinkle the cornflakes over the top of the potatoes.
- Bake the potatoes in the pan for 40-50 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the potatoes are hot throughout.
These cheesy funeral potatoes were first posted on February 23, 2011. The photos were added for clarity on November 9, 2023.