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Funeral Potatoes Recipe

April 28, 2017 (Last Updated: January 4, 2021)

Whether you’re hailing from Utah and refer to the recipe as Funeral Potatoes or a Southerner from Mississippi that calls it Hashbrown Casserole, this recipe is pretty darn delicious if you ask me or any of the folks I have made it for. It’s the perfect casserole for the holidays, work potlucks, church functions, any gathering that requires a covered dish.

Funeral Potatoes combine shredded hashbrowns, extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded Colby-Jack cheese, cream of chicken soup, cream cheese, sautéed onion,  and minced garlic. It’s that simple and easy to make Y’all.

 

 

The list of names for this casserole dish that uses those famously frozen hash browns is almost endless, depending on where you live in the United States. I have heard them called Church Lady Potatoes, Christmas Potatoes, Heartstopper Hashbrown Casserole, Ward Potatoes, Cheesy Potato Casserole,  Pittsburgh Potatoes, as well as Church Social Potatoes by some.

You might ask, “How did this casserole ever become known as Funeral Potatoes in Utah?” It seemed about 15-16 years ago; Funeral Potatoes became a staple served at dinners given to bereaved friends and family after a Latter-Day Saints funeral. I’m sure they were being served up in Utah long before they were fondly nicknamed “Funeral Potatoes.”

 

 

 

 

If you visit any Cracker Barrel in the United States, you can order these yummy potatoes under the name “Hash Brown Casserole” It’s been on their menu for at least 20 years, maybe more. It’s pretty darn good, not as good as homemade, of course, but you will undoubtedly have a good idea of what this casserole is all about.

During the holidays, I visited my brother and his lovely wife Angie and decided to whip up a batch of Funeral Potatoes, aka Hashbrown Casserole, to go with our meal. I love to cook and wanted to contribute something I thought they might enjoy to the Holiday meal as well. I have to tell you everyone really enjoyed it and wanted the recipe ASAP. I decided to blog it today to share with all of you and to make it a little easier for them if they misplace the recipe.

 

 

 

This recipe for Funeral Potatoes is pretty simple to make if you don’t complicate it. What do I mean by that? We can do this the easy route, or we can go the challenging “healthy” way. The easy route involves only using two cans of cream of chicken soup. I know some of you are condensed soup lovers, while some of you may stone me for even mentioning using canned soup in the recipe.

If you need your recipe to be a healthy version, I have two other recipes very similar to this, and we can go that route if you like. One is my 2014 Hashbrown Casserole from Scratch, and the other is my 2016 Southern-Style Cheesy Casserole. Feel free to see which one suits your dietary needs best and enjoy Y’all.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients needed to make Funeral Potatoes Recipe
  • Two tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • Three stalks of celery diced
  • One large sweet onion diced
  • Three cloves of garlic minced
  • Two-10-ounce cans of Cream of Chicken soup
  • One-8-ounce package of cream cheese
  • 1/4 of a cup half and a half or whole milk
  • One-32-ounce bag of frozen shredded hashbrowns thawed
  • kosher salt to own taste
  • freshly ground pepper to own taste
  • Eight-ounces of Colby-Jack cheese
  • Eight-ounces of cheddar cheese
  • cooking spray
  • 2/3 of a cup panko breadcrumbs

 

 

 

 

 

Funeral Potatoes Recipe

hmccallum
For an easy yet delicious cheesy potato casserole recipe, funeral potatoes are an absolute must for your next gathering!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 321 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 1 large sweet onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2-10- ounce- cans of Cream of Chicken soup
  • 1-8- ounce- package of cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup half and half or whole milk
  • 1-32- ounce bag of frozen shredded hashbrowns thawed
  • kosher salt to own taste
  • freshly ground pepper to own taste
  • 8- ounces Colby-Jack cheese
  • 8- ounces Cheddar cheese
  • cooking spray
  • 2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Heat a deep metal skillet over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of butter.
  • Once butter melts, add diced celery, sauté for about 2 minutes. Then add diced sweet onion, sauté another 2 minutes.
  • In the same deep metal, skillet adds the 2 cans of cream of chicken soup, the cream cheese, and the half and half cream or whole milk, stir constantly till melted. Reduce heat to low and cook 5 minutes.
  • Place the thawed shredded hashbrowns in a large bowl, add the sauce from the metal skillet and *only* 1/2 of a cup of the shredded cheese. from ingredient list above. Combine the ingredients till potatoes are evenly coated.
  • Prepare a glass baking dish with your favorite brand of cooking spray.
  • Place 1/2 of the potato mixture in the baking dish, add a layer of 1/2 of the rest of shredded cheeses. Repeat 2nd layer.
  • Top potatoes with the rest of shredded cheese and the breadcrumbs.
  • Bake in a 350 F oven for 45-50 minutes uncovered.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 01Calories: 321kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 16gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 476mgPotassium: 202mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 794IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 436mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Cheese, Funeral Potatoes, Hashbrowns, Onions
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Whether you're hailing from Utah and refer to the recipe as Funeral Potatoes or a Southerner from Mississippi that calls it Hashbrown Casserole, this recipe is pretty darn delicious if you ask me or any of the folks I have made it for. It's really the perfect casserole for the holidays, work potlucks, church functions, any gathering that requires a covered dish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Teddy R
    August 22, 2018 at 9:36 am

    This recipe was awesome. We will be making it again for Easter. Happy Holidays.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      August 22, 2018 at 9:39 am

      Thank you for dropping by The McCallum’s Shamrock Patch to share.

  • Reply
    Dottie Anne
    August 22, 2018 at 9:35 am

    I used to order this at Cracker Barrel all the time, and we don’t go there anymore because they give crap service these days, and I sure did miss eating this. Definitely making it again soon.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      August 22, 2018 at 9:38 am

      Dottie, I remember them having it on their menu, sorry about the service. The one here has great service. Thank you for sharing.

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    Susan Swathe
    July 20, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Every time I hear the phrase Funeral Potato, I cringe, what an odd name. This casserole tasted great though.

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      July 20, 2018 at 11:28 am

      LOL, it is an odd name but I guess it was nick named that due to being a dish they took over to family members who had lost a loved one. Thank you for dropping by and giving me a little chuckle. Have a great day

  • Reply
    Dottie
    July 20, 2018 at 11:06 am

    I haven’t had these in years, I am going to have to try yours out.

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      July 20, 2018 at 11:24 am

      Let me know how you like them, glad you dropped by the blog.

  • Reply
    Todd Evans
    July 20, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Isn’t it funny how things end up with odd names in different states? This is a great example

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      July 20, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Todd, I know right? It is kind of hilarious. Thanks for stopping by!

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