Classic Cheesy Funeral Potatoes

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This cheesy funeral potato recipe 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.

Classic Cheesy Funeral Potatoes

These funeral potatoes are a go-to recipe for potlucks or get togethers. 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.

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?

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!

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.

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


This goes great with Instant Pot Beef Stew and Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs.


Classic Cheesy Funeral Potatoes
Yield: Serves 6

Funeral Potatoes

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.

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