Easy Cheesy Potatoes (Funeral Potatoes)

July 8, 2020
Easy Cheesy Potatoes (also known as Funeral Potatoes) are an easy, creamy, comfort food casserole perfect for potlucks, cookouts, family gatherings, or for any everyday meal, for that matter.  Loaded with cheesy deliciousness, they're always a crowd-pleasing favorite.

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In our family, this dish is known as Cheesy Potatoes.  But it seems to be more known as Funeral Potatoes out and about in the general world, seemingly because the dish is often served at traditional after-funeral meals.  But whatever you call it, one thing's for sure about this dish -- it's pure comfort food deliciousness at its best.

Cheesy Potatoes have always been a cookout staple in our family.  It's truly just not a cookout without them.  And it doesn't matter what the main dish of the meal is -- burgers, dogs, chicken, pork tenderloin, or steak, -- these easy Cheesy Potatoes go beautifully with them all.

Loaded with cheesy deliciousness, Easy Cheesy Potatoes are always a crowd-pleasing favorite.

But we don't relegate this creamy deliciousness to just cookouts.  It makes frequent appearances at many other family gatherings too, and on our everyday dinner table quite often as well.

Since this recipe takes advantage of frozen hash brown potatoes and just a few other pantry staple ingredients, it's pretty no-hassle in its prep.  Which I love.  Chop an onion, stir together its simple ingredients, and have the casserole ready for the oven with less than 15 minutes of hands-on prep time.

And Cheesy Potatoes' characteristic Corn Flakes topping?  Well, that adds just the perfect little crunch to the creamy cheesy potato deliciousness below.

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Our Cheesy Potatoes recipe used the diced variety of frozen hash brown potatoes.  Just thaw them before mixing with the casserole's other ingredients, and you're good to go.  So super easy!

Look for diced hash brown potatoes in the freezer cases at the grocery store.

I have seen other Funeral Potatoes recipes that use shredded frozen hash browns instead, and that works too.  We just prefer the texture of the diced hash browns better.

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To whip up a pan of creamy Cheesy Potatoes, combine the thawed hash brown potatoes with sour cream, a can of cream of chicken soup, a finely chopped onion, a good dose of shredded cheddar cheese, melted butter, and some salt and pepper.

We recommend mild or medium cheddar for this recipe, and Longhorn cheddar works well, too.

Since this recipe takes advantage of frozen hash brown potatoes and just a few other pantry staple ingredients, it's pretty no-hassle in its prep.

The recipe calls for a full tablespoon of salt, which may seem like a lot.  But that salt's got a lot of potatoes -- which are pretty bland-flavored on their own -- to season.  It truly does take that much salt to fully season all those potatoes.

That being said, cut the salt back a little if you'd like to suit your personal taste.

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Spoon the creamy potato mixture into a 13x9-inch baking dish, and sprinkle on the casserole's characteristic Corn Flakes topping.

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Then bake everything up for about 45 minutes until the potatoes are heated through and bubbly along the edges.

Now if you'd like to prepare Cheesy Potatoes ahead of time, that's totally easy to do.  In fact, Cheesy Potatoes lend themselves very well to make-ahead prep.

For make-ahead prep, just assemble the potato mixture and refrigerate it, leaving off the Corn Flakes topping. 

Cheesy Potatoes lend themselves very well to make-ahead prep.

At baking time, remove the potato mixture from the refrigerator and allow it to stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before baking. Then top with the Corn Flakes topping just before baking, and you're good to go.

Increase the baking time a few minutes, if needed, until everything's hot and bubbly.

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And that's all there is to it to whip up a pan full of these Easy Cheesy Potatoes.  Pretty simple, right?

Loaded with creamy cheesy deliciousness, this simple little potatoes dish is always a crowd-pleasing favorite.  They're the perfect comfort food casserole for potlucks, cookouts, family gatherings, and any everyday meal.

Check out these other super tasty comfort food sides:
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Easy Cheesy Potatoes (Funeral Potatoes)

Easy Cheesy Potatoes (Funeral Potatoes)

Easy Cheesy Potatoes (also known as Funeral Potatoes) are an easy, creamy, comfort food casserole perfect for potlucks, cookouts, family gatherings, or for any everyday meal, for that matter. Loaded with cheesy deliciousness, they're always a crowd-pleasing favorite.
Prep time: 15 MCook time: 45 MTotal time: 60 M

Ingredients:

Potato Mixture:
  • 1 (2 lb.) package frozen hash browns, thawed
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 1 (10.5 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 c. (16 oz.) sour cream
  • 2 c. grated mild or medium cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 c. butter, melted
  • 1 T. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
Corn Flakes Topping:
  • 1 c. lightly crushed Corn Flakes
  • 1/4 c. butter, melted

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine thawed hash brown potatoes, chopped onion, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, shredded cheese, the 1/2 cup melted butter, salt, and pepper. Stir together until well combined.
  2. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 9x13-inch baking dish.
  3. In a small bowl, combine crushed Corn Flakes and the 1/4 melted butter. Toss to coat all the Corn Flakes in butter. Sprinkle evenly over potato mixture.
  4. Bake at 350℉ for 45 minutes, until heated through and bubbly around the edges.
  5. For make-ahead prep, assemble potato mixture and refrigerate, leaving off the Corn Flakes topping. At baking time, remove from refrigerator and allow to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking. Top with Corn Flakes topping just before baking, and increase baking time a few minutes, if needed.
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1 comment

  1. You just took me right back to my 20s! I bought several of these casseroles to food days at work! And they still look just as good. All classics!

    Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday this week!

    Mollie

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