Funeral potatoes

Funeral potatoes
Type Hotdish or casserole
Place of origin United States
Region or state Intermountain West, Midwest
Main ingredients Hash browns or cubed potatoes, cheese (cheddar or Parmesan), onions, cream soup (chicken, mushroom, or celery) or cream sauce, sour cream, butter, corn flakes or crushed potato chips
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Funeral potatoes, hash brown casserole,[1] cheesy hash browns,[2][3] those potatoes,[4] or party potatoes[5][6][7] is a traditional potato hotdish or casserole[8] that is popular in the American Intermountain West and Midwest. People of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) call it "funeral potatoes" because the casserole is commonly served as a side dish during traditional after-funeral dinners,[9] such as those planned by members of the Relief Society[10] (a LDS auxiliary organization). But the dish is also served at other church dinners, both within and outside of the Church (such as holiday dinners), as well as at potlucks and other social gatherings.[11][12]

Ingredients and preparation

The dish usually consists of hash browns or cubed potatoes, cheese (cheddar or Parmesan), onions, cream soup (chicken, mushroom, or celery) or a cream sauce, sour cream, and a topping of butter with corn flakes or crushed potato chips.[13] Ingredients in some variations include cubed baked ham, frozen peas, or broccoli florets.

During the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, one of the souvenir "food pins" featured a depiction of funeral potatoes.[14][15][16]

Funeral potatoes are mentioned in Molly Harper's "Nice Girl" and "Half Moon Hallow" book series, as traditional Southern cuisine.

See also


  1. Aluminum Light. Aluminum Workers International Union, AFLCIO. 1978. p. 47.
  2. Women's Circle Home Cooking: Light & Easy Recipes. Women's Circle. 1992. p. 6. ISBN 9781559932042.
  3. 150 Years of Good Iowa Cooking: The Official State of Iowa Sesquicentennial Cookbook. Iowa Sesquicentennial Commission. 1996. p. 383.
  4. Almost Homemade. Rowman & Littlefield. 2006. p. 108. ISBN 1936283611.
  5. "Party Potatoes". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-10-19.
  6. "Party Potatoes - Cuisinart Original - Sides - Recipes -". Retrieved 2016-10-19.
  7. "Party Potatoes". Campbells Kitchen 2.0. Retrieved 2016-10-19.
  8. Ravitz, Jessica (February 5, 2012). "Crossing the plains and kicking up dirt, a new LDS pioneer". CNN Belief Blog. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
  9. Prues, Don; Heffron, Jack (2003). Writer's Guide to Places. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books. p. 325. ISBN 978-1-58297-169-8.
  10. "LDS Funeral and Meal Planning". Mormon Share. 5 September 2014. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  11. "Easter dinner planned in Iron River", Iron Mountain Daily News, April 7, 2018
  12. Cannon, Ann (January 11, 2009), "Funeral foods should feature spuds, please", Deseret News
  13. Schechter, Harold (2009). The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End. Random House, Inc. p. 131. ISBN 0-345-49964-6.
  14. Thursby, Jacqueline S. (2006). Funeral Festivals in America: rituals for the living. University Press of Kentucky. p. 81. ISBN 0-8131-2380-1.
  15. Phillips, Valerie (February 6, 2002), "There's green Jell-O on your lapel...", Deseret News, archived from the original on 2003-10-06
  16. Wilkinson, Daniel. "PIN, FUNERAL POTATOES". Digital Public Library of America. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
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