These easy and delicious Funeral Potatoes (also called cheesy potatoes) are a cheesy hash brown casserole that makes the perfect warm side dish for any meal, holiday dinner, or potluck.

A spoonful of funeral potatoes being lifted from a 9x13 inch glass casserole dish.

 

I can’t believe the holidays are almost here! These delicious funeral potatoes accompany many Sunday dinner, holiday dinners and potlucks this time of year in our house. They go well with everything and are a huge crowd pleasing side dish.

Why are they called funeral potatoes?

Funeral potatoes get their unique name from being a crowd-pleasing casserole served as a side dish at after-funeral luncheons (particularly in the culture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints). As sad as that might sound, it shows how comforting and delicious this dish is to have become such a STAPLE. Many people also call them Cheesy Hashbrowns.

These warm, cheesy potatoes with a crispy cornflake crumb topping make a great side dish to ham, turkey or chicken. I’ve also heard of many people who enjoy this dish for breakfast as a hash brown casserole, with eggs.

No matter how you serve it, it’s guaranteed to be a crowd favorite!

How to Make Funeral Potatoes:

Combine the sauce ingredients–sour cream, cream of chicken soup (or use my HOMEMADE cream of chicken soup recipe), 6 tablespoons of melted butter, salt, pepper and dried onion– in a bowl and mix them up.

Add the diced potatoes (you can use frozen cubed hash browns, or use real potatoes. You will need about 10 small diced potatoes, parboiled) and shredded cheese and stir everything to combine it, then pour it into a baking dish.

The ingredients to make cheesy funeral potatoes including sour cream, cream of chicken soup, dried onion and diced has browns, next to another photo of the ingredients all mixed together with grated cheddar cheese.

Crush the cornflakes (I pour them in a ziplock bag and use my hands to crush them). Mix in the remaining 4 tablespoons of melted butter and sprinkle cornflakes over potatoes. Bake funeral potatoes in the oven for 40-50 minutes or until it’s bubbly and warmed through.

Side by side photos of a pan glass pan filled with the mixture to make funeral potatoes, next to another photo of the final baked funeral potatoes with cornflakes on top.

Can I freeze funeral potatoes, or make them ahead of time?

To make funeral potatoes in advance make the recipe through step 4 when the mixture is spread into a 9×13 inch baking dish. Store covered in the fridge for up to 1 day. Add crushed cornflake topping before baking. Add 5-10 minutes to the bake time if they go into the oven cold from the fridge.

To freeze funeral potatoes, make as directed, but do not add the cornflake topping. Cover and store in freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, thaw in the fridge overnight. Add cornflake topping before baking.

A pan of funeral potatoes with a scoop taken out and a spoon for serving.

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Recipe

A spoonful of funeral potatoes being lifted from a 9x13 inch glass casserole dish.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 50 mins
Total 1 hr
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Ingredients
  

  • 30 ounces frozen hash browns , diced or shredded will work, THAWED*
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 10.5 ounce can cream of chicken soup (or homemade)
  • 10 Tablespoons butter , divided, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups corn flakes cereal

Instructions
 

  • Allow potatoes to thaw in your fridge overnight, or spread them on a baking sheet and warm them in the oven at 200 degrees for about 20 minutes, until thawed.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine sour cream, cream of chicken soup, 6 Tablespoons of melted butter, salt, pepper and dried onion in a bowl. Mix well. 
  • Add potatoes and shredded cheese and stir to combine. Spoon mixture into a single layer in a 9x13'' pan.
  • Add cornflakes to a large ziplock bag and crush gently with your hands or a rolling pin. 
  • Add remaining 4 tablespoons of melted butter to the crushed cornflakes and combine well. Sprinkle mixture over potatoes. 
  • Bake uncovered at 350 F for 40-50 minutes.

Notes

*Or substitute 10 small potatoes, parboiled and diced
To Freeze:
To freeze funeral potatoes, make as directed, but do not add the cornflake topping. Cover and store in freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, thaw in the fridge overnight. Add cornflake topping before baking. 

Nutrition

Calories: 336kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 7gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 666mgPotassium: 257mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 905IUVitamin C: 5.9mgCalcium: 191mgIron: 2.4mg

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*I originally shared this recipe December 2016. Updated October 2018.

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  1. Excellent recipe! I was out of cornflakes so I used bacon and cheddar cheezits. Everyone loved it.

  2. 5 stars
    Have made this often. The only thing I changed was the topping. I use Special K ceral (original style) as I cannot stand cornflakes. This goes way back to my childhood when that was the only ceral that was around at hat time, (LOL, now I’m showing my age)!
    Serving this to my adult son tonight for the first time. Hope he likes this as well.

  3. 5 stars
    Okay, I had intended to make this recipe exactly as it was written up. That was until I went to 3 different grocery stores and couldn’t find a single bag of frozen, diced potatoes. Apparently, everyone and their brother wanted to make something similar for Easter dinner today.

    So, my attempt was a hodgepodge, starting with O’Brien style potatoes. I skipped the dried onion, since the potatoes already had onion. To make it more unique, I used cayenne in place of black pepper. Instead of cornflakes, I used up some panko bread crumbs I had in the cupboard, and I tossed in about 1/4 cup of french-fried onions in the topping as well.

    In the end, it came out beautifully, and I wouldn’t hesitate to make it again.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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