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Funeral Potatoes

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


  • 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


  • 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!



Calories: 199kcal