Funeral potatoes combine frozen shredded potatoes, onions, sour cream, and cheese to create a creamy cheesy dish that the whole family will love. Top with the potato chip topping and you will be adding this to your weekly meal plan, it’s that good and simple.
This funeral potato recipe is perfect when you are trying to feed a lot of people without compromising flavor.
Funeral potatoes coined their name as the staple casserole that the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints would serve at luncheons after funerals. It has since evolved into a go-to potato dish to serve on Sunday dinner and for various holidays throughout the year.
I love the creamy texture of this dish as it combines potatoes, sour cream, and cheese to create a hearty side dish that everyone will love. I did use the Pioneer women recipe and adjusted it to my liking.
How to Make Funeral Potatoes
- Melt butter and sauté onions
- Add Flour to Make a Roux
- Pour in chicken broth and milk
- Add Cheese and sour cream
- Stir in hash browns and place in a baking pan
- Top with cheese, potato chips, melted butter, and bake
Tips Tricks and FAQs
- The topping of this dish varies depending on who you ask. This one uses potato chips which we love in our home. Feel free to try some other popular choices such as Corn Flakes, Ritz Crackers, Panko crumbs, and French Fried Onions.
- Cover your topping if it is becoming too crispy while baking.
- This recipe is easily doubled. Be sure to use multiple pans or bigger pans so that the potatoes cook correctly.
I love to make this dish ahead of time. Just assemble as directed, but leave off the topping. Store in the fridge covered or place in the freezer until you are ready to enjoy it.
On the day you are ready to bake, add the topping prior to baking.
This funeral potato recipe will last in the fridge for up to 3 days. Be sure to store it in an airtight container.
To store in the freezer assemble as directed up until the point where you add the topping. Be sure you use a freezer-safe dish. I love to use throwaway pans when storing them in the freezer. Then cover with plastic wrap and then with foil to help prevent freezer burn.
Place in the freezer for up to 3 months.
When ready to enjoy, remove from the freezer and let thaw overnight in the fridge. Add topping prior to baking. If it is not completely thawed you might have to increase cooking time a bit.
Can I use fresh potatoes instead of frozen shredded potatoes?
Yes, you can use fresh potatoes if you prefer. You will want to peel the potatoes, rinse and dry. Then you will grate the potatoes.
Once grated, take the potatoes and squeeze out the excess water in them. This will help your funeral potatoes not become watered down.
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- 1 bag frozen 32 oz hash browns
- 1 Stick Butter
- 1 clove garlic chopped
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup milk
- 8 oz cheddar cheese
Potato Chip Crust
- 2 cups crushed potato chips
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 1/4 cup grated Parm cheese
- Pre-heat oven to 350.
- Grease 9x12 baking pan and set aside
- Melt 7 tbs butter over medium-high heat.
- Add chopped onions, garlic, and cook until soft about 3-4 minutes.
- stir in flour
- Add milk and chicken broth to mixture.
- Cook on medium heat until bubbly and thickened about 4 minutes.
- Add sour cream and cheddar cheese.
- Stir in frozen hash browns
- Spread in the bottom of your 9x12 pan
- Add Potato chip topping, cover, and bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove cover and continue to cook for an additional 10 minutes until the top is golden brown.
For Potato Chip Topping:
- Pour melted butter over potato chips, add Parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 481Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 877mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g