Friday, August 17, 2018

Funeral Potatoes - a Side Dish to Die For!

If you are like me, you have seen the recent advertisments on Facebook by Walmart for "Funeral Potatoes."  I could not help but wonder what the heck funeral potatoes were and why they would be called such a morbid name.  So I decided to Google it and see what I could find out. 

Most all places that I read agree that the expression "Funeral Potatoes" comes from the Relief Society of the LDS.  They would frequently make the dish to serve at after funeral dinners.  After a while, they began calling them funeral potatoes, even when they were not served at funeral dinners.  Some articles I read stated that this potato casserole dish was also referenced as funeral potatoes in the south as they were preparted for after funeral church gatherings.  I cannot say that this is correct, at least not in Arkansas and Missouri, as I lived there for almost ten years and I never heard the expression.

Anyway, while perusing the recipes for these potatoes, I noticed a strange familiarity with the ingredients.  Furneral potatoes are nothing but another name for my familiy's favorite holiday potato dish Potatoes Deluxe!  There were a few differences, but the base ingredients were the same:  potatoes, sour cream, cream soup and cheese.  Just about everyone that cooks has their own version of this recipe.  I have heard them called cheesy potatoes, supreme potatoes and potato cheese casserole.  They are all pretty much the same, a comfort food recipe based on potatoes and cheese.  

Here's my recipe:


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup onion, diced small
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 small potatoes peeled and shredded
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasonings (basil and oregano mostly)
  • 2 cup cheese, shredded (I use cheddar)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup crushed potato chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a 13 x 9 pan with cooking spray
In a medium sized skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and sauté onions and garlic and for 2 or 3 minutes
Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
In a mixing bowl, combine shredded potatoes, condensed soup, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, Italians seasonings and 1½ cups cheddar cheese.
Add onions and garlic and stir to combine.
Pour mixture into your 13 x 9 baking dish and pat down with a spoon to even out.
Sprinkle remaining cheese on top, evenly
Pour crushed potatoe chips on top and spread evenly.
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, checking to make sure the potatoes are cooked through.

I usually make my potatoes with raw potatoes, but you can save some time by using a bag of frozen shredded hash browns.  The taste is close to the same, I just use real potatoes to save money and because I usually have a lot of potatoes on hand. 

Our family usually makes this dish for holidays, usually Easter and Christmas Day dinner.  I have to say we have never made them for a funeral, however, they are so delicious I would eat them wherever they are served! 

Have a great weekend!

Jade    :)


If you love potatoes like I do, this is the cookbook for you!  Dozens of great recipes all based on potatoes.  Lots of recipes for a very frugal price!  I recommend it!

101 Things To Do With A Potato


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  1. Well Tracey Jade - I will never look at a potato casserole the same way again! Thanks for this recipe, it did bring back memories. You got me laughing!

  2. Yes, potatoes and cheese make for perfect comfort food. Great recipe! I never knew they were known as "funeral Potatoes" but it makes perfect sense to me.

  3. WOW these sound delish! Thanks for sharing the recipe

  4. Holy Hannah this sounds delicious! will be saving!

  5. Much better if you add melted butter to the mixture.

  6. Oh these are a great side dish for sure. I will be making this in the near future for my family, I just won't tell them they are Funeral Potatoes otherwise they might be thinking that something is happening......hahaha!

  7. Hi Yummy recipe. I was wondering if you can cover potatoes while cooking? Do they get too brown being uncovered? I don't like them too crispy. Also can I use buttered bread crumbs instead of chips? Thanks for any info.

  8. Looking forward to trying this one!