Funeral Potatoes – A Mormon Tradition!

Typing ‘Funeral’ into a Google search recently, I was completely surprised when Google suggested ‘Funeral Potatoes’ as a searched phrase. Curious, I clicked on the suggestion to find out more.

What I discovered is that “Funeral Potatoes” is a term given to a dish, made largely from potatoes, that is traditionally served at Mormon funerals. It is also otherwise known as “Christmas Potatoes”, “Ward Party Potatoes” and “Potato Casserole”. It is suggested that the dish originated in Utah, although other sources lay claim to it also being a Southern dish.


  • 32 oz bag of frozen shredded hash browns
  • 2 (10 3/4 oz) cans Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 2 cups Sour Cream
  • 1 1/2 cup grated Cheddar Cheese (I like to use sharp Cheddar Cheese)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 2 cups finely crushed Corn Flakes
  • 2 Tbs butter or margarine melted


  • Grease 9×13 baking dish and preheat oven to 350
  • In large bowl combine soups, sour cream, cheese, onions, and the 1/2 cup of melted butter.
  • Gently fold hash browns into mixture.
  • Pour mixture into pan.
  • Combine crushed corn flakes and the 2 Tbs. of melted butter and sprinkle on top of potato mixture.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • *If wanting to, you can use cubed potatoes instead of hash browns but you will need to increase baking time to 55 minutes.

If traveling the country I am informed that Cracker Barrel offer a Funeral Potatoes dish, otherwise titled ‘Potato Casserole’!!

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Nicholas is the owner & founder of US Funerals Online. He has been involved in the death care industry for over 20 years. He spent his childhood between the UK and US. Setting up a UK funeral website in 1998, to later turn his attention back to North America, building both US and Canadian Funeral websites. In 2011 formed DFS Memorials LLC - a national cremation company, specializing in affordable cremations.