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Funeral Potatoes

February 28, 2018
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Photo by Julia Gartland
Author Notes

Also known as cheesy potatoes, they're commonly served as a side dish during after-funeral dinners planned by members of the Mormon Church's Relief Society. This recipe comes from my aunt, who first started making the dish in the 1980s. —Katie Macdonald

  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Serves 8 to 10
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 small potatoes, parboiled and shredded, or one (30-ounce) bag of frozen, shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • one 10.5-ounce can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream, or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 cups firmly packed shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed cornflake cereal or panko bread crumbs
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. In a medium skillet, add 2 tablespoons butter and sauté the onions until they're translucent. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cooked onions, garlic, shredded potatoes, condensed soup, sour cream, Parmesan, salt, pepper, and 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese.
  3. Spread into a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese.
  4. Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and mix with the crushed cornflake crumbs. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the casserole.
  5. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until cooked throughout and bubbly.

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