Funeral Potatoes

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Cheesy, delicious funeral potatoes: a holiday staple! These made-from-scratch funeral potatoes are delicious and simple to make.

Serve these potatoes alongside this watergate salad, a quinoa salad, or these roasted brussels sprouts.

 

Funeral Potatoes up close and finished with a big wooden spoon serving them up

As a native to Utah I’m well accustomed to funeral potatoes. While often served on a holiday table, you’ll also be sure to find them at just about any gathering of people in Utah. They’re pure cheesy comfort food — packed with potatoes, cream, cheese, spice, and a delicious crunchy topping: cornflakes!

This may not sound the most appetizing for those unfamiliar with the dish, but trust me, it’s worth a try. They’re surprisingly delicious! No wonder they’re staple here. 🙂

Now the first question people are usually most curious to know:

Why do they call them funeral potatoes?

Funeral potatoes get their name from their association with funerals. Being the ultimate comfort food and easy to prepare and transport, these potato casseroles are a popular dish to bring to gatherings after funerals and other potluck events.

The are also sometimes called “church potatoes” as they are a popular dish at various religious get-togethers, particularly throughout Utah and the Midwest. More on their history here.

Process shot of potatoes being chopped

So now that you know what this cheesy potato casserole is, let’s talk about the process for making them!

How do you make cheesy funeral potatoes?

This recipe calls for a good amount of milk, cream, sour cream and cheese. Together these ingredients create a creamy and cheesy flavor that is irresistible! Add in some TABASCO sauce and a few spices and you’ll have a deliciously flavored potato casserole!

  • Start by peeling and dicing your potatoes. The potatoes will get parboiled (partially cooked by boiling) which helps them cook evenly and quicker in the oven.
  • Mix together the rest of the casserole ingredients: Stir together the milk, cream, sour cream, garlic, thyme, salt, pepper, TABASCO sauce, and cheddar cheese. You can use a mix of different cheeses, but typically funeral potatoes are made with sharp cheddar cheese!
  • Stir everything together and transfer to a 9 x 13 pan and bake.
  • Add the topping: mix crushed cornflakes with butter and add to the top of the casserole; bake again!

While cornflakes are the traditional topping of funeral potatoes, Panko or breadcrumbs work just as fine on top of this potato casserole!

What temperature do you bake funeral potatoes?

This recipe calls for the oven to be set at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. This will get your potatoes tender on the inside and create a perfect crunch on the top.

Process shots of cheese being grated and ingredients added to bowl

Quick tips

  • Use fresh, Yukon gold potatoes. This will improve both the flavor and the texture of the dish.
  • Many funeral potato recipes include onions. I personally feel like onions always take away from funeral potatoes, but if you like onions feel free to add in one small yellow onion. Make sure to first finely dice it and second saute until tender before adding it in.
  • Thanks to TABASCO Sauce, these potatoes are packed with flavor and spice. The TABASCO sauce enhances all of the flavors and gives a great spice to these cheesy potatoes. Be sure to bring the bottle along so people can add it according to their personal preferences.

Finished funeral potatoes with a spoon digging in to serve

How to store funeral potatoes

These potatoes do not store well with the cornflake topping on top. However, the base casserole stores well for up to 1 week. If you have leftovers, scrape off the topping and simply add a new topping once you’re ready to eat the leftovers.

These funeral potatoes also do not freeze well. You can halve the recipe into a 9 x 9 inch baking pan if the 9 x 13 pan will be too much! ENJOY!

Up close photo of finished funeral potatoes

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Funeral Potatoes

5 from 1 vote
Cheesy, delicious funeral potatoes: a holiday staple! These from-scratch funeral potatoes are delicious and simple to make.
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Funeral Potatoes

5 from 1 vote
Cheesy, delicious funeral potatoes: a holiday staple! These from-scratch funeral potatoes are delicious and simple to make.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword funeral potatoes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 12 -16 servings
Calories 199kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 3.5 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup milk (use 1%, 2%, or whole milk)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup sour cream (can use low fat or fat free)
  • 3 cloves garlic, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, optional
  • Salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons TABASCO Sauce, increase to personal preference up to 1 tablespoon!
  • 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 cups coarsely crushed cornflakes (OR Panko breadcrumbs) (measured after being crushed)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Peel and dice the potatoes. Parboil the potatoes: Put the diced potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Add a teaspoon of salt to the water. Bring the water to a boil and as soon as the water is boiling, let the potatoes cook for 1-2 minutes (depending on size; small cook for 1 minute, larger for 2 minutes). Drain the potatoes and then return them to the dry, warm pan. Allow the potatoes to cool and release their steam for a few minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature before adding to a large bowl.
  • To the large bowl with the potatoes: mix in the milk, heavy cream, sour cream, minced garlic, dried thyme, salt and pepper to taste (I add about 1 and 1/4 teaspoon salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper; add to preference), TABASCO Sauce, and freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese.
  • Stir to combine and pour into a 9 x 13 inch metal baking dish. Cover with foil.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes, covered. Meanwhile, crush the cornflake topping and mix with the melted butter.
  • Remove the potatoes from the oven. Remove the foil, stir the mixture, and sprinkle the cornflake topping. Finish baking for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender and topping is lightly browned.
  • Enjoy warm!

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Nutrition Facts

Calories: 199kcal

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