The BEST Funeral Potatoes

Zach Waxer
by Zach Waxer
1 hr 15 min

Funeral Potatoes have long been a cherished dish at post-funeral gatherings. They emerged as a symbol of love and support, providing comfort during times of loss. These creamy, cheesy concoctions became synonymous with community, as friends and family came together to share in the healing power of food.

What makes Funeral Potatoes so irresistible? It's the harmonious blend of flavors that transcends time and cultural boundaries. Combining the creamy goodness of sour cream, the heartiness of shredded potatoes, and the comforting embrace of condensed cream of chicken soup, Funeral Potatoes are like a culinary symphony of consolation. Some variations incorporate a touch of diced onions, a medley of spices, or the melty allure of shredded cheese. Each region and family adds its own unique twist, ensuring that Funeral Potatoes are a delightful melting pot of flavors and traditions.

While Funeral Potatoes were born out of somber occasions, their popularity has transcended the funeral table. Today, these cheesy delights have found their way into potlucks, family gatherings, and weeknight dinners alike. Why do people continue to adore Funeral Potatoes? It's a combination of nostalgia, familiarity, and a craving for that irresistible cheesy goodness. The mere mention of Funeral Potatoes can transport us back to the comforting embrace of family and community, evoking memories of shared laughter and heartwarming conversations.

As time passes, Funeral Potatoes have evolved and adapted to reflect changing tastes and dietary preferences. Health-conscious variations substitute ingredients or incorporate fresh herbs and vegetables. Some even embrace different types of cheese for a gourmet twist.

Funeral Potatoes may have emerged from the somber occasions of the past, but today, they stand as a testament to the enduring power of comfort food and the sense of togetherness it creates. Their rich history, combined with their crave-worthy flavors, continues to captivate hearts and palates. So, whether you're savoring them at a casual potluck, or whipping up a dinner for the family, let this Funeral Potatoes dish transport you to a place of warmth, nostalgia, and the connection of shared moments.

I'm thrilled to share this recipe with you, and I hope it brings as much joy to your day as it does to mine. Thank you for your interest in this recipe and for being a part of the Foodtalk community.

--Zach Waxer, Foodtalk editor

Recipe details
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 1 Hours Total time: 1 hr 15 min
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  • 2 pounds frozen shredded potatoes
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups crushed cornflakes
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish and set it aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the frozen shredded potatoes, sour cream, condensed cream of chicken soup, melted butter, diced onion, shredded cheddar cheese, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Stir well until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
Transfer the potato mixture into the greased baking dish, spreading it out evenly.
In a separate bowl, combine the crushed cornflakes and melted butter. Toss until the cornflakes are well coated.
Sprinkle the buttered cornflakes mixture evenly over the top of the potato mixture in the baking dish.
Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and the top is golden brown and crispy.
Once cooked, remove the baking dish from the oven and allow the Funeral Potatoes to cool slightly before serving.
  • Lori Lori on Jun 07, 2023

    Can you add hamburger to this??

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