Aug 15, 2008

Cheesy Funeral Potatoes

This recipe is good, but I know a better one... It is just getting my source to give it up (Natalie Larsen)! But in the mean time, this one is tasty and I have had a few requests for it. Why is it called funeral potatoes you ask? In Utah, when there is a big event like a funeral, the Relief Society women are asked to provide the luncheon for the family. When looking up the recipe, you will often find it called "Mormon Funeral Potatoes." Not because Mormons have a corner on the market, but because it became a tradition, along with ham and green beans. There are as many recipes for it as you could imagine! It makes a nice big side - and can be easily doubled or tripled... It is just right for feeding a crowd without going over the budget. It is high in calories so watch your portions! And feel free to bring it to your next church function - you might start a new trend!

Funeral Potatoes
Presented by Becky Low
on February 04, 2002

· 6 cups diced potatoes*(If you use fresh potatoes, you have to cook the dish for at least an hour)
· 1 can (10 ¾ oz.) cond. cream chicken soup
· 1/2 soup can milk
· 1 cup sour cream
· 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
· 1/4 cup grated onion (optional) **
· salt and pepper to taste
· 3 tablespoons butter, melted
· 3/4 cup corn flake crumbs (I personally like more flakes, but you don't need more butter)

Thaw frozen potatoes if using (see *note below). Place potatoes in a 2-3 quart casserole dish or a 9x13 pan.

Combine soup, milk, sour cream, cheese, and onion (see **note below) and salt and pepper to taste. If a saucier dish is desired or using raw potatoes, add 2-3 tablespoons additional milk. Mix well. Spread sauce over potatoes.

Melt butter and combine with corn flake crumbs. Sprinkle crumbs over casserole. Bake uncovered at 350 F for 30-45 minutes if you are using frozen or cooked fresh potatoes or until hot and bubbly throughout. Cook at least 1 hour if using uncooked, fresh potatoes; cover tightly with foil and remove for the last 20-30 minutes to crisp the top.

* Use approximately 6-8 peeled, and diced fresh potatoes; or approximately 2 pounds frozen, southern style, diced hash browns (not shredded). ** Use 1 tablespoon dried onion or saute 1/4 cup fresh chopped onion in 1 tablespoon butter until transparent.
Recipe serves approximately 8.

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