Our family’s favorite FUNERAL POTATOES RECIPE starts with frozen diced potatoes, gets mixed with a simple creamy mixture, and then it’s all topped off with buttery Cornflakes.
Okay, it’s true – these potatoes have a rather unfortunate name.
Funeral Potatoes? Sounds…morbid.
But, they’re the ultimate comfort food side dish and we absolutely love all the cheesy, creamy goodness.
Plus, I’m a sucker for any casserole topped with Cornflakes. It just adds the perfect buttery crunch.
This recipe is very similar to my hashbrown casserole, with just a few key changes.
What are funeral potatoes?
Funeral potatoes are just a cheesy potato casserole that is popular in the Midwest and within the LDS church.
I’m not Mormon, but my understanding is that funeral potatoes are often brought to dinners and family gatherings held after a funeral.
These have definitely been served at family gatherings after a funeral in my family, but they’re also served at many holiday dinners and just regular family dinners.
They’re simple, cheesy, and always a hit with family and friends, no matter when you serve them.
Frozen Diced Hash Browns – We use plain hash browns here, but you could also use the Potatoes O’Brien package, which has onions and peppers added.
Cream of Chicken Soup – A staple in many casseroles. Use my cream of chicken soup if you don’t like the canned stuff. It’s the perfect swap.
Melted Butter – Added to the both the potatoes and the topping.
Seasonings – We use garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.
Cheddar Cheese – Freshly shredded is best for the ultimate creamy cheesy melt, but pre-shredded works too.
Cornflakes – This makes the perfect crunchy, butter topping.
How to Make:
Combine: We love how quick and simple this recipe is. Add all of the creamy, cheesy bits to a mixing bowl and give it a stir. Next, stir in the potatoes. Add this to a 9×13 pan.
Top: Add cornflakes to a small bowl and drizzle with melted butter. Stir it around to coat and then spoon the cornflakes over the cheesy potatoes.
Bake: This goes in a 350 degree oven, uncovered, for 55 minutes or until it’s hot and bubbly.
- Cheddar cheese may be swapped for any cheese you like, but cheddar is definitely the classic.
- The diced hash browns can be swapped for shredded. We prefer the texture of diced, but both work well!
- Use Ritz crackers, potato chips, or Panko crumbs in place of the cornflakes, if preferred.
Thawed Vs. Frozen Potatoes
Many people prefer to thaw their frozen diced hash browns before adding them to this casserole.
Personally, I don’t notice much difference in the taste or texture of thawed vs. frozen, so we normally skip that step.
If I think about it, I’ll place the frozen potatoes in the fridge the night before cooking them, but if I don’t remember, no one knows the difference.
This funeral potatoes recipe can easily be made in advance.
Assemble the casserole, but skip the cornflake topping. Cover with foil and refrigerate for 1-2 days until you’re ready to bake.
Remove the foil, add the cornflake topping, and bake as directed.
Slice smoked sausage into rounds and sear in a hot skillet. Add to your leftover funeral potatoes, cover with foil, and bake until it’s all heated through for a quick lunch using the leftovers.
Make It a Meal!
Pair this with…
- Spiral Ham in Crockpot
- Turkey Meatloaf
- Jiffy Corn Casserole
- Keto Broccoli Casserole
- Green Bean Casserole with Bacon
- Creamy Cucumber Salad
- Homemade Brownies
For the potatoes:
- 16 ounces sour cream
- 10 ounces cream of chicken soup
- 2 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 32 ounces frozen diced hash browns
For the topping:
- 2 cups corn flakes cereal
- ¼ cup melted butter
To make the potatoes:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 baking dish.
- Add the sour cream, cream of chicken soup, shredded cheddar, butter, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt to a large mixing bowl and stir well to combine.
- Stir in the potatoes to coat.
- Spread into the prepared baking dish.
To make the topping:
- Add the cornflakes and melted butter to a small bowl and stir to combine.
- Sprinkle the cornflakes over the potatoes and place dish in the oven.
- Bake, uncovered, for 50-55 minutes or until potatoes are tender and dish is hot and bubbly.