The Mormon Tradition of Making Funeral Potatoes
Wondering what to serve at a funeral reception? Funeral potatoes are a fitting way to feed your guests—for more reasons than just the name.
WHAT ARE FUNERAL POTATOES?
Funeral potatoes are a cheesy potato casserole dish. This tasty side goes with almost any accoutrement of appies or mains to mourners attending a funeral. It's a very popular side dish to serve at a funeral repast or reception.
Funeral potatoes are:
- Simple to make
- Made in large portions
- Easy to transport
- Comfort food
Funeral potatoes are commonly served as a side dish at Mormon funerals. This tradition of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints keeps mourners fed and comfortable as they honor their dead.
Folks of many faiths have adopted this potato casserole as the go-to side dish for funeral receptions. If you're thinking of incorporating funeral potatoes into a funeral reception, read on!
HOW TO MAKE FUNERAL POTATOES
Approximately 90 minutes
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
- Oven, preheated to 350℉
- Medium-sized skillet
- Large mixing bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
- 9 x 13" baking pan
- 6 tbsp butter (divided)
- 1 cup onion, diced
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
- 1 cup sour cream
- ½ cup grated parmesan
- 1 bag (30 oz) frozen shredded or cubed hash brown potatoes, thawed
- 2 tsp salt
- ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
- 2 cups extra old cheddar, grated (divided)
- 1 ½ cup panko bread crumbs
1. In a skillet, saute onion over medium-high heat in 2 tbsp of butter until onions are translucent, then add garlic. Saute an additional 5 minutes, and set mixture aside.
2. In the mixing bowl, combine the onion and garlic mixture with sour cream, soup, parmesan, hash browns, salt, pepper, and 1½ cups of the cheddar cheese. Stir until mixture is consistent.
3. Evenly spread mixture into the baking pan, sprinkling the ½ cup of remaining extra old cheddar on top.
4. Melt the remaining butter. Combine butter and panko bread crumbs in a bowl. Mix well. Spread the mixture over the top of the casserole evenly.
5. Bake for 50 – 60 minutes, til golden brown on top and cooked throughout.
Funeral potatoes are a popular side dish for serving guests at a funeral. This hearty, rich, cheesy casserole can be made in large quantities for larger receptions or saved for just the closest friends and family in a more intimate gathering later. In spite of the mournful name of this dish, it is a delicious and heartening addition to any funeral reception.