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This cheesy funeral potato recipe without corn flakes is the epitome of comfort food. It cooks up quickly and is both creamy and cheesy, making it the perfect side dish for any night of the year.

funeral potatoes without cornflakes

These funeral potatoes are a go-to recipe for potlucks or get togethers and they are made without the traditional corn flakes. I simply just don’t think corn flakes are the best topping option! We use another cheesy topping to add flavor and texture and I think you will love it.

There are few things in life that are more comforting than a warm embrace with a loved one or a large cup of hot cocoa. Except for cheesy funeral potatoes; they are more comforting than both of those things!

Potatoes with a creamy sauce topped with cheese and a crunchy topping made from crackers has become one of the most popular side dishes for decades. This goes great with Instant Pot Beef Stew and Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs.

Depending on where you live in the country, you might know funeral potatoes as “Potato Casserole”, “Hashbrown Casserole”, “Cheesy Potato Casserole”, or “Cheesy Potatoes”. More on that here. I call them get-in-my-belly-right-now-funeral-potatoes.

So what makes funeral potatoes so good?

funeral potatoes

Potatoes, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, cheese, and lots of salt (because potatoes need it). Some people like myself top their casserole with crushed cheese crackers for an added flavor and texture. Not your thing? No need to worry; your funeral potato casserole will still be amazing.

If when you’re eating these you think to yourself “I have died and gone to heaven,” (not gonna lie, they’re not super healthy), I can assure you that you’re very much alive and simply having an out-of-body-experience.

It’s a common phenomenon. Nothing to worry about. I’m fine, you’re fine. We’re just in potato-lover heaven together.

I really wouldn’t expect anything less than an out-of-body experience with something so good. Don’t be surprised if you have those experiences with each bite.

As good as this recipe is, it is quite rich and filling. I tell you this so you can plan accordingly to start and end with funeral potatoes. You’re welcome!

Can I use fresh potatoes for funeral potatoes?

I’m sure you’re wondering if you can use fresh potatoes from the sack in your pantry. The answer is yes, but you’ll want to dice them small and parboil them before cooking in the oven.

This will help the potatoes to cook evenly and faster. We use frozen for convenience and ease.

If you’re familiar with this dish, then you know how good it is! 

Ingredients You Need For Funeral Potatoes:

Here are the simple ingredients you need to make this recipe. 

hash browns

Frozen Hash Browns: You can also use frozen diced potatoes.

Cream of Chicken Soup: I use a good quality canned chicken soup. You can also make your own from scratch. 

Cheddar Cheese: A good sharp cheddar works best to provide a cheesy flavor.

Sour Cream: Sour cream adds a delicious tangy flavor. You can also use plain Greek yogurt for a healthier twist. 

Salt and pepper: To taste

Cheese Crackers or Potato Chips: This will replace the corn flake topping. 

Other Sides That Go With Funeral Potatoes:

Try out the other delicious side dishes that go perfectly to round out a meal with funeral potatoes. 

Famous Pretzel Dinner Roll Recipe

Ruth Chris Sweet Potato Casserole With A Twist

Roasted Carrots With Shallot Cream Sauce

Steakhouse Creamed Spinach

Arugula Pear Salad With Maple Orange Dressing

Funeral Potato Recipe Without Corn Flakes:

Classic Cheesy Funeral Potatoes
Yield: Serves 6

Funeral Potato Recipe Without Corn Flakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Creamy, cheesy potatoes are a perfect decadent side dish.


  • 1 Pound Frozen Hash Browns
  • 12 Ounces Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • ⅛ Teaspoon Black Pepper


  • 1 Cup Cheese Crackers or Potato Chips, Crushed into Small Pieces


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine hash browns with cream of chicken soup, cheddar cheese, sour cream, salt, and pepper. Mix to combine.
  3. Place in a greased baking dish and bake for 30 minutes, stirring half-way through.
  4. Top with topping and place under the broiler for 3-5 minutes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 486Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 1147mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 14g

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