Funeral Potatoes Recipe

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Funeral Potatoes…everyone has a recipe for this popular hash brown casserole! Here is my funeral potatoes recipe that I’ve been making for years and that has become a family favorite. Creamy, cheesy and onion-y. Perfect for any Sunday Supper, Christmas, Easter dinner, potluck or just because! Just as creamy as Scalloped Potatoes but made with half the effort!

Funeral Potatoes

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Here is my popular and super delicious Funeral Potatoes recipe! Whether you call these Party Potatoes, Cheesy Hash Browns or Hashbrown Casserole, EVERYONE seems to have a recipe similar to this popular dish. No matter what you call it, this is the recipe my family has been making year after year and I’m thrilled to share it with you today!

Whether it’s for Easter, Christmas or other family gatherings, we devour this classic cheesy potato casserole. Lots of butter and cheese and calories in these potatoes, so I tend to only make them a few times a year, but when I do, people go crazy for them! They are so darn good (and easy too)! I mean, who doesn’t love funeral potatoes, right?

Main Ingredients Needed for Funeral Potatoes

As you take a look at this list, try not to have a heart attack. There’s a reason funeral potatoes are addicting and have such a good reputation…this ingredients list is it! Nothing out of the ordinary here:

  • Diced Onions – love the taste of browned onions in this casserole! It totally makes these funeral potatoes FUNERAL POTATOES.
  • Butter – I use salted butter to cook the onions, to stir with the frozen hashbrowns and also to toss with the corn flakes.
  • Diced Frozen Hash Browns – while most hashbrown casseroles call for shredded hash browns or shredded potatoes, I much prefer the diced potatoes. You can totally use shredded if that’s what you prefer though.
  • Cream of Chicken Soup – can be substituted with cream of mushroom soup or cream of celery soup, depending what you have on hand.
  • Sour Cream– adds creaminess and tang.
  • Cheddar Cheese – love using extra sharp cheddar cheese for delicious flavor! YUM.
  • Corn Flakes– these are the classic crunchy topping for Funeral Potatoes, but be sure to read my list of alternate toppings. Hint: the potato chips are my favorite runner up to corn flakes!
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How to Make Funeral Potatoes | Directions

This recipe uses simple ingredients. Those frozen hash browns and a few cans of condensed soup are the easiest base for a creamy sauce for the best funeral potatoes. Only a few quick minutes of prep is required before a long oven bake.

Step 1: Cook the Onions

Melt salted butter in a skillet and sauté onions until browned. Don’t underestimate the flavor that comes from browned onions (and butter!). It makes a big difference in the finished Funeral Potatoes.

Step 2: Assemble the Potato Casserole

In a large bowl, stir frozen* hash browns together with melted butter, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, cheddar cheese, salt, and black pepper. Add in the cooked onion and spread into a greased 9×13 baking dish (buttered or use cooking spray).

*You do not need thawed hash browns for this recipe…use from frozen.

Melt remaining butter in a large skillet and toss in crushed cornflakes. Sprinkle corn flakes over potato mixture.

Step 3: Bake and Serve

Cover your Funeral Potato Casserole with foil and bake for 40-50 minutes or until hot and bubble and the buttery corn flakes topping is golden brown. Serve hot with any main dish. My Spiral Glazed Baked Ham is my favorite!

Other Yummy Toppings for Cheesy Funeral Potatoes

In case you were wondering, a crunchy corn flake topping isn’t the only thing to top this hashbrown casserole with! Here are some other tasty and convenient options:

  1. Corn flakes – crushed corn flakes are the classic choice
  2. Crushed Ritz crackers – a buttery bite!
  3. Crushed potato chips – original ruffles are my favorite!
  4. French fried onions – who doesn’t have these around for the holidays?
  5. Bread crumbs tossed in butter – a simple go-to
  6. Shredded cheese – why not just add more cheese?
  7. Bacon – OBVIOUSLY this is good.
  8. Cheese AND Bacon 😉 – you must have seen this coming.
  9. Crushed soda crackers – when in doubt, soda crackers work great!
  10. Pretty much anything light and crunchy.

I prefer my Funeral Potatoes with corn flakes, chips or french fried onions, but anything crunchy will work great! Just toss in some melted butter first before topping. Don’t be afraid to use what you have in your pantry! Garnish with green onion or chive, if desired.

Funeral Potatoes

Can I Make Funeral Potatoes Ahead of Time?

Many of us are busy and don’t have the time to prepare the dishes on the day we want to serve them, especially if they are for special occasions. If that’s the case for you, you’ll be glad to know that this casserole is a great dish to make ahead and then keep in the freezer for up to three months!

Just make sure that when you freeze funeral potatoes, you don’t add the corn flake topping (or whichever topping you want your cheesy potatoes topped with) – that will be added right before baking. Just cover your diced or shredded hash brown potatoes with aluminum foil and put them in the freezer. Take them out 24 hours before you want to bake them and thaw them in the fridge overnight.

Storing Leftover Funeral Potatoes

Store leftover Funeral Potatoes in its original casserole dish, covered with plastic wrap – or in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. I love having these leftovers for breakfast and lunch the next week…the ultimate comfort food!

More Tasty Potato Recipes!

Take a peek at my version of this recipe below and see how yours varies. They all generally have the same ingredients and methods and turn out perfectly. Have a wonderful week, friends!!

If you make this recipe, I would really appreciate it if you would give it a star rating and leave your review in the comments! If you have a picture of your finished dish, post it on Instagram using the hashtag #laurenslatest and tagging me @laurens_latest.

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Funeral Potatoes

Funeral Potatoes…everyone has a recipe for this popular casserole! Here is my creamy and oniony version!
servings 8 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 lbs diced hash browns Not the grated kind
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 21.5 ounces condensed cream of chicken soup (two 10.75 ounce cans)
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups corn flakes crushed
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Saute onion in 1 tablespoon butter until translucent in a medium skillet.
  • While the onion is cooking, in a large bowl, mix frozen hash browns, melted butter, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, grated cheese, and salt and pepper together until combined.
  • Stir in onion and pour into a greased 9×13 casserole dish.
  • Replace medium skillet to the heat and melt the remaining 4 tablespoons butter. Add in crushed corn flakes and stir to toast about 1 minute. Sprinkle over top casserole.
  • Bake 40-45 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve hot.
  • Adapted from several recipes, but most similar to this recipe.

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Nutrition

Calories: 572kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 998mg | Potassium: 509mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1465IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 297mg | Iron: 5.3mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: funeral potatoes, funeral potatoes recipe, Texas Potatoes
4.81 from 71 votes (11 ratings without comment)

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  1. Jerissa

    I see versions of this recipe all the time and I am so tempted!! This is the year I make them and this is the recipe I am using ????
    Have fun in NYC!!

  2. Karen Seppanen

    Wow!! 2600 miles solo with 3kids is impressive!I make a similar cheesy potato dish to this,delicious as a side with bbq meatballs!:)

  3. Liz T

    5 stars
    I love these potatoes so much. Only making once a year! That sounds do-able to avoid the guilt as I inevitably end up eating more than my fair share when I do make them!

  4. Andrea Pepe

    I am currently addicted to your diet root beer with a splash of cream that you talked about on InstaStories. Diet A&W doesn’t even taste diet!!

  5. Karly Howell

    These were a staple at every family gathering growing up! Never would have thought to top with french fried onions….must try soon.

  6. Sharon Fontaine

    My husband makes a potato casserole for funeral receptions at his church. He is known for his “funeral potatoes.” His dish is always requested by the ladies who prepare the meal.

  7. Rachel Embree

    I had never heard of “funeral potatoes” until I moved to the Midwest. These look delish and Im sure my husband would eat the whole pan!

  8. Stephanie Spinelli

    These look soooo good, and probably even better because I’m currently growing my 5th baby in my belly!! They are calling her name!! 😉

  9. Sarah Bond

    Omg funeral potatoes are my absolute favorite way to eat potatoes!!! Shockingly I’ve never made them before so I will save this recipe!

  10. Debra Showalter

    Oh man…..got to say the cornflakes kind of threw me but all the other good stuff sold me! Would be great for our next cookout. Also so glad you guys are almost settled, I don’t know if I could have done everything you went through, way to go mama!

  11. Jacqueline Hodge

    I love funeral potatoes but hate the name ???? I usually top mine with Ritz crackers but next time I make them I’m going to try the crushed potato chips because that sounds yummy!

  12. Sherri

    I think it’s hilarious that you call these “Funeral Potatoes”. Growing up in a small community in Canada, you could be pretty sure there would be at least one pan of these at every funeral or family potluck. Thank you for the reminder, I’m going to make them this weekend just for old times sake.

  13. Stacey Broton

    These are a Christmas Eve staple for our family! We call them Texas Potatoes (even though we are Canadian.) we may have to try them with corn flakes next time!

  14. Johanna P

    Family dinner wouldn’t be the same without funeral potatoes. I immediately think of family get together when I eat them.

      1. Lauren

        You can do this if your hash browns are already defrosted. Meaning, don’t make these with frozen hash browns. Store in the fridge until you’re ready to bake.

  15. Kristen Schuler

    I have fond memories of funeral potatoes from when I was growing up! Now I need to make these, stat! Thanks for the throwback recipe. 🙂

  16. Mariah

    It’s been years since I’ve made funeral potatoes. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I may just have make them this weekend.

  17. Sarah Baker

    5 stars
    Lauren, your husband told me about your blog and I love it! We had him over for dinner a few times and are going to miss him-but I am so glad for your sake that his training is all over and you get to be a family again. I love this recipe. Years ago in a desperate bid to not run to the grocery store I used frosted flakes on top-now my family prefers them that way.; sounds crazy but it is delicious. Since it’s not really healthy anyways you might as well really go for it! Best of luck in New York! You are welcome anytime you want an island vacation!

    1. Diane

      Just started to follow Lauren and I have made funeral potatoes many times and when I run across a recipe for them I’m always curious to read the recipe and the remarks to see if there are any added twists. When I read this comment about the Frosted Flakes I thought next time I will have to try it!!! I’m just wondering do you simply crush them on top or sauté them in butter before you put them on top of the potatoes? Thank you to all of the service men and their families for without you we wouldn’t have a what we do!!! ❤️🇺🇸💙

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