These cheesy funeral potatoes are an easy side dish recipe that is loaded with shredded potatoes, two types of cheese, cream of chicken soup, and sour cream; seasoned perfectly; and topped with a crispy Ritz cracker topping. A delicious hash brown casserole recipe the whole family will enjoy.
This cheesy potato casserole is a great dish to serve with almost anything. Over the years, I’ve served it with all kinds of chicken, beef, and pork recipes, and it’s always been the perfect match. This highly versatile dish is so delicious, and being made with frozen shredded hash browns, it’s so easy to make! It’s a favorite of my family and friends. I make it for special weekend dinners, and I love to bring it to parties and potlucks. I’ll tell you this: whenever I bring it to a gathering of any kind, I NEVER have leftovers. It’s absolutely one of the best potato recipes in my recipe rotation!
Cheesy Funeral Potatoes
These potatoes might have “funeral” in the name, but they’re anything but a drag. Shredded hash browns come together with onions, sour cream, cream soup, two cheeses, zesty seasoning, and Ritz crackers to create a delicious potato dish that is overflowing with flavor in every bite. Each and every forkful is loaded with delicious tastes and textures.
Why You’ll Love These Cheesy Potatoes
- They’re super cheesy, flavorful, and easy to make.
- It’s a delicious dish that’s perfect for potlucks, family gatherings, holiday dinners, and yes, funeral luncheons.
- It only takes a few simple ingredients that are easily found at your local grocery store.
Cheesy Funeral Potatoes Variations
This recipe is so easy that I don’t have any tips for it at all. You absolutely cannot fail with this recipe – another great bonus. I do have some excellent variations that I think you’ll love, however.
- Use corn flakes or bread crumbs in place of Ritz for a different flavor and texture.
- Try using your favorite cheeses for this recipe.
- Add an extra kick of heat with diced jalapenos.
Cheesy Funeral Potatoes FAQ
If you have questions about this recipe, then I have the answers. The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about funeral potatoes.
What are funeral potatoes?
They’re a traditional potato casserole popular in the Intermountain West and Midwest.
Why do they call them funeral potatoes?
They got their name from being a popular casserole side dish served at after-funeral luncheons. They’re particularly popular in the culture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Can you make funeral potatoes ahead of time?
Yes, you can. Assemble the casserole and place it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake it later in the day or the next day.
Can you use cream cheese in funeral potatoes?
Yes, you can. I like to use sour cream exclusively, but many recipes use a combination of sour cream and cream cheese.
What do you serve with funeral potatoes?
This recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners or special gatherings. As such, you can serve it with all kinds of great foods like:
- Any kind of ham
- Roasted turkey
- Roasted chicken
- Pork chops
- Pork loin
- Pot roast
- Hot dogs
Can you freeze funeral potatoes?
Yes, you can. You can freeze this dish uncooked without the topping for up to 3 months. You can also bake the dish and then freeze it for up to 3 months.
How to Store and Reheat
Store this casserole in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days. For longer storage, wrap the casserole in its original dish in a double layer of plastic wrap then foil or place it in an air-tight, freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.
To reheat the casserole, place them in a baking dish and cover it with foil. Then, bake them for 15 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Cheesy Funeral Potatoes Ingredients
You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this casserole. You’ll find them all easily at your local grocery store.
- Frozen shredded hash browns
- Medium onion
- Cream of chicken soup
- Sour cream
- Sharp cheddar cheese
- Pepper jack cheese
- Slap Ya Mama
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Black pepper
- Ritz crackers
How to Make Cheesy Funeral Potatoes
Making this delicious casserole is a snap. It only takes a few minutes of prep and a little baking!
Step 1: Prep
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and lightly spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
Step 2: Make the Creamy Base
In a large bowl, add the soup, onions, sour cream, and seasonings and stir until combined.
Step 3: Add the Remaining Ingredients
Add the hash browns and both cheeses to the soup mixture and stir to combine.
Step 4: Make the Cracker Topping
Add crushed Ritz crackers to a medium bowl and combine with the melted butter.
Step 5: Bake
Sprinkle the cracker mixture evenly over the casserole and bake uncovered for 45-50 minutes or until the topping starts to brown. Enjoy!
Try This Funeral Potatoes Recipe Today
These cheesy funeral potatoes are so delicious and so easy to make. They also pair perfectly with almost any main dish, so they’re super versatile. From a dinner side to an addition to your next potluck or party, there’s never a wrong time to serve up this cheesy, delicious potato casserole. Give it a try, and I know you’ll find yourself making it again and again.
More Delicious Potato Side Dish Recipes You’ll Enjoy
Easy Au Gratin Potatoes – A delicious side dish made with thin slices of potatoes, onions, and a creamy cheese sauce.
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes – A super quick and easy, creamy and delicious side dish recipe that is made right in the instant pot.
Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes – Slices of potatoes that are coated in parmesan cheese, seasonings, and roasted until tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.
Also, try these Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes from Great Grub, Delicious Treats. This recipe is vegan and completely dairy free and from the taste of it, you wouldn’t even be able to guess.
Cheesy Funeral Potatoes
- 30 ounce bag frozen shredded hash browns
- 1 medium onion, diced
- (2)10.5 ounce cans cream of chicken soup
- 1½ cups sour cream
- 1½ cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1½ cups pepper jack cheese, shredded
- 1 teaspoon Slap Ya Mama
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cups crushed Ritz crackers
- ⅓ cup butter melted
- Preheat the oven to 375° and lightly spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, add soup, onions, sour cream and seasonings, stir together until combined.
- Add hash browns and shredded cheese, stir.
- Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread out evenly.
- Add crushed crackers to a medium bowl and stir in melted butter until combined.
- Sprinkle cracker mixture evenly over the potatoes and bake uncovered for 45-50 minutes or until the topping starts to brown.
- Carefully remove from the oven and serve with your favorite dish.
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