Funeral Potatoes sometimes called Party Potatoes or just Cheesy Potatoes is a great recipe for dinner or a side for the holidays! Made with cheese, sour cream, butter and topped with corn flakes this will be your favorite potato dish ever!
This recipe for Funeral Potatoes is one of my top side dish recipes. If you know me, you know I love my Cheesy Potato Casserole or my Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole a ton, and they have been staples at my holiday meals.
I have an announcement to make! My two favorite Cheesy Potato Casseroles are being replaced by these Funeral Potatoes!!! This recipe is SO good, and the corn flake crust adds a perfect crunch to the potatoes!
How to make Funeral Potatoes:
As with most of my recipes, I try to make things very simple and easy. You know I have a busy life with the kids and homeschooling, so cooking meals and dinners that take a long time are not something I have the time for! Mix your ingredients, mix your topping then bake! So easy!
- Southern Style Hash Brown Potatoes (frozen)
- Minced Onions (frozen)
- Sour Cream
- Cream of Chicken Soup
- Butter (melted)
- Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
Step One - Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9x13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Step Two - In a large mixing bowl place frozen hash browns and minced onions and mix.
Step Three - Add sour cream, cream of chicken soup, melted butter, salt, and 2 cups shredded cheese. Mix well then place your mixed ingredients into a 9X13 casserole dish.
Making this topping is very easy, and really rewarding for this recipe! Get your corn flakes (brand does not matter) then melt the butter and mix it up!
- Corn Flake cereal (crushed)
- Butter (melted)
Step Four - Mix crushed cereal and melted butter together then sprinkle on the top of casserole.
Step Five - Place in the oven to bake for 40-45 minutes.
Why are they called Funeral Potatoes?
Funeral Potatoes, actually do get their name from funerals. This is a a traditionally Southern meal, that people have been bringing and making for grieving families.
As somber as it is, people have been making potatoes like these and bringing them to after funerals meals for years. It is a great comfort food, and goes well with many different main courses.
Bring these Funeral Potatoes to Life!!!
Here are some tips to really make this potato casserole amazing!
- Do not let your Hash Browns and Onions thaw. Thawing them will make them too soggy for the baking process.
- Make this a full meal and add shredded chicken or diced fully cooked ham to this recipe to add more protein! Use my All Purpose Chicken Recipe or buy a rotisserie chicken to shred up.
- You can use fresh onion if you prefer, just finely chop it so you do not have chunks of onion in the casserole.
- Make it cheesier! Add a layer of shredded cheddar cheese on top of the casserole before putting on the topping to make it extra cheesy!
- Adding Bacon Bits to the topping is a very nice crunch and flavor to add to this recipe!
Can you make these potatoes ahead of time?
Yes, you sure can! I actually like to make this ahead of time as it is very easy to do. Mix your ingredients together as your would, except do not make the topping.
Add to your casserole dish and cover and refrigerate for up to 2 or 3 days before needing to bake it. When ready to bake, pull it out of the fridge and allow it to get to room temperature.
While you are waiting make your topping and top the potatoes before baking!
Can you freeze this recipe?
Nice thing about my Funeral Potatoes is that I recommend using frozen hash browns and onions. As I said above I like making this ahead of time.
So prepare this as you normally would, again do not make the topping. Put in a covered casserole dish and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to bake allow to thaw, make the topping and bake!
You may need to add 5 or 10 minutes to the bake time depending on how thawed it is.
Need to make this recipe for a large crowd?
Nice thing about this recipe, as the traditional reason people made these Funeral Potatoes were for after funeral meals.
Making this for a large crowd is definitely worth it! So your next potluck, office party, church cookout, or family reunion bring this with you! Just double or triple the recipe as you feel you need to!
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- 2 pounds southern style hash brown potatoes (frozen)
- 2 tablespoons minced onions (frozen)
- 2 cups sour cream
- 10.5 oz cream of chicken soup
- 4 tablespoons stick butter (melted)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 ½ cups corn flake cereal (crushed)
- ½ cup butter (melted)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9x13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl place frozen hash browns and minced onions and mix.
- Add sour cream, cream of chicken soup, melted butter, salt, and 2 cups shredded cheese. Mix well then place your mixed ingredients into a 9X13 casserole dish.
- Mix crushed cereal and melted butter together then sprinkle on the top of casserole.
- Place in the oven to bake for 40-45 minutes.
Garlic is a welcome addition and takes it over the top in taste. I make this dish regularly for large group gatherings. It us always a hit. I never gave leftovers.