The Best Funeral Potatoes

A cheesy potato casserole full of melted cheese, sour cream, onions, and garlic with a crunchy top. This is full of amazing flavor and will be the star of the dinner table!funeral potatoes in a white baking dish with wooden spoon scooping out potatoes.

I recently got an amazing new cookbook called Festive Feasts from my friend Jeni over at Bakerette. This book has all of your holiday meals covered from Halloween to Christmas. I spent days trying to decide what to make because everything in the book was delicious! From starters to desserts every part of your meal planning is covered in this cookbook. Including treats and gifts for the neighbors. I have already made four recipes in this book and can’t wait to make more!

Festive Feasts cookbook by Jeni Scott.

(Festive Feasts available at Amazon)

Choosing what to make from the cookbook was a challenge! But as soon as I saw funeral potatoes, I knew that they had to make a debut on the blog. Funeral Potatoes are pretty popular here in Utah. They get their name from the Mormon church because they are typically served at a luncheon after a funeral.

These Funeral Potatoes are hands down my favorite side. EVER.

Now I have had a lot of funeral potatoes in my day and I promise that these are the BEST! The flavor is absolutely amazing. Plus they only take minutes to put together. The shredded potatoes, cheese, sour cream, onion, and garlic all come together so easily in this full of flavor casserole. But I have to say that I think the crunchy buttery cornflake topping is my favorite part. It adds such a fun crunchy texture to the top of this casserole.

You won’t be able to stop eating it. You will want to continue making this cheesy potato side dish year round. It is so good that it will instantly become a family favorite. It will be a hit at the dinner table and you will love it just as much as our family did!

funeral potatoes on a white plate.

funeral potatoes in a white baking dish.

The Best Funeral Potatoes

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 12 Servings

A cheesy potato casserole full of melted cheese, sour cream, onions, and garlic with a crunchy top. This is full of amazing flavor and will be the star of the dinner table!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 6 Tablespoons butter divided
  • 3/4 cup onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 30 ounce bag of frozen, shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed -or- 12 small potatoes parboiled and shredded
  • 1 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 sharp cheddar cheese shredded and firmly packed, divided
  • 1 1/2 cup crushed cornflake cereal or panko bread crumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sized skillet, add 2 Tablespoons butter and sauté until the onions are 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, hash browns, condensed soup, sour cream, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese.
  3. Spread into a 9x13 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 50-60 minutes or until cooked throughout and bubbly.
Nutrition Facts
The Best Funeral Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 464mg19%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 501IU10%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 199mg20%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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    1. It feeds a lot of people and is a comfort food, so it is most often the potato dish of choice for family luncheons after a funeral. My mom disliked associating them with funerals, so we call them cheesy potatoes at our house.

      1. Not just in Utah. These are nationwide. I have one to funerals in Michigan, California, Washington, Florida, and Vermont, these were served. It’s comfort food, and easy to make.

  1. Wondering if you can make these a day or 2 in advance? I’m thinking that maybe the cornflake mixture would need to be done the day of? Thanks so much for the awesome recipe!

  2. They are called funeral potatoes, because in Utah, where they originated, they are a popular dish to bring to potluck gatherings after a funeral service. 🙂

  3. This was great,It is August and my tomatoes are coming in so I added a layer of thin sliced tomatoes under the topping

  4. I made these for a funeral and had some leftovers, as my 9×13 isn’t quite. I baked the leftovers in a muffin tin and ate them. They were AMAZING.

  5. Hi! I’d like to make this for Easter, so I’m not going have time to test it first. Is this baked uncovered for the entire 50-60 minutes? Just want to make sure I don’t burn the topping. Thanks!

    1. Yes, you can watch them and make sure they do not over bake but that is how long I have had to bake them for them to be done and the cheese to be melted to perfection! The corn flakes help the topping too. Enjoy and Happy Easter!

  6. I’ve had these funeral potatoes but they were made with cream of mushroom and another one was made with cream of celery.Both very delicious. I will definitely try it with cream of chicken soup next time.

  7. 5 stars
    I really question that this recipe originated in Utah. I received it 35 years ago from a friend in Tulsa, OK – she had no Utah connections. She just called it Hash Brown Casserole. Regardless, it’s delicious and works well for any large gathering.

  8. I decided to go with cream of bacon soup and real bacon pieces throughout and in the topping! Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

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