These Funeral Potatoes are an easy, delicious side dish that are perfect for feeding a crowd. Frozen tater tots are baked to bubbly perfection with a creamy, cheesy sauce, onions and a crispy potato chip topping.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
PERFECT TO FEED A CROWD – When it comes to finding recipes for Pitch ins, Potlucks or Holiday Parties, my go-to is always a Potato Dish. There is just so much that you can do with a good potato recipes, the dishes are so easy to make and share, and they go a long way.
EASY – Made with easy, pantry staples that you probably have in your kitchen right now, this is side dish only takes 5 minutes to throw together and get in your oven!
MAKE AHEAD OF TIME – This is a great dish for entertaining not only because it can feed a crowd, but because you have several options to make it ahead of time! Read below for more on this!
What Are Funeral Potatoes?
Obviously, this dish would certainly fall under the “comfort food” category. As such, it has been a mainstay in Funeral Gatherings and Luncheons. They are easy to make and share and can feed a large crowd. If you need to make this recipe larger, simply double or triple it and have some extra casserole dishes ready.
I’ve seen these made several ways, but they are all a potato casserole consisting of frozen potatoes baked with onions, cheese, with a cream sauce made up of a creamy soup and yogurt or sour cream. They then all have some sort of crispy topping.
For step-by-step instructions, check out the printable recipe card below. But here is what you’ll need to get started.
Funeral Potatoes Ingredients
- CHEESE – We use shredded cheddar cheese. But you can substitute for another cheese if you’d like. We always suggest shredding your own cheese instead of buying the pre-shredded cheese. When you shred your own, it melts better.
- CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP – You can substitute for any other “cream of” soup if you’d like. But it will alter the flavor. And, if you use Cream of Chicken Soup, this dish will no longer be vegetarian.
- GREEK YOGURT – You can substitute for Sour Cream to add a little more flavor (and calories!).
- BUTTER – Unsalted and melted.
- ONION – We like using chopped yellow onion for it’s softer, milder flavor.
- TATER TOTS – Frozen Tater Tots. If you’d like, you can also substitute shredded hash browns to make this more of a hash brown casserole.
- POTATO CHIPS – Any brand or style of potatoes chips will work, but we like the lighter, thinner kind for this recipe. Some people like to use a cornflake topping. For other topping ideas, check out some inspiration below.
- SALT AND BLACK PEPPER – To taste.
Can You Make Funeral Potatoes Ahead Of Time?
Like many Cheesy Potato Casserole Dishes, you can certainly make this ahead of time and keep it until you need to bake it in the oven. You have two options. You can make it the day before and keep it in the refrigerator. Or you can freeze it for up to three months. Take it out the night before to thaw it in the fridge and then bake it. In BOTH of these circumstances, you will want to WAIT to put the toppings on top until just before you put it in the oven.
What To Serve With Funeral Potatoes
This recipe goes well with just about anything. Some suggestions are:
Notes, Tips and and FAQs
- BURNT TOPPING- Keep an eye on the casserole as it is baking. If the topping starts to become a little too dark, you can cover with aluminum foil to finish it off.
- SUB SOUR CREAM- If you want a bit of a richer Funeral Potato Dish, you can sub Sour Cream for the Greek Yogurt. This WILL add some calories!
- POTATOES- We use frozen Tater Tots for this recipe. But you can also use Shredded Potato Hash Browns to give this dish a little different texture.
- CRISPY TOPPING- I’ve seen all different sorts of toppings for this dish. We love how the Potato Chips work out, they are so crispy and salty. But I’ve also seen corn flakes, panko bread crumbs or a club or ritz crackers/butter mixture on top.
- NO ONIONS?– I have learned that some people just really don’t like onions. You can easily omit the onions out of this recipe if needed. If feeding a larger crowd, maybe make one version with onions and one without.
- MAKE THIS INTO A MAIN DISH?- You can easily make this into more of a main dish by adding meat. Diced Ham or Rotisserie Chicken would both be great!
I hope you enjoy this recipe for Funeral Potatoes. It’s a great dish for the holidays or any special occasion. I’d love to hear how it turns out in the comments section. Thanks for reading!
LOOKING FOR MORE POTATO SIDE DISHES? CHECK OUT:
- CHEESY SCALLOPED POTATOES AND HAM
- POTATOES AU GRATIN
- TWICE BAKED MASHED POTATOES
- SMOTHERED POTATOES AND SAUSAGE
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 can about 9-10 oz. cream of mushroom soup
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 4 tbsp butter melted
- ½ cup chopped yellow onion
- 4 cups tater tots
- 1 cup potato chips crushed
- Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a rectangular baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- Add cheese, soup, yogurt and melted butter into a large bowl. Mix to combine.
- Next, add onion and tater tots. Fold until the onion and tater tots are generously covered with the cheese and soup mixture.
- Spread the potato mixture into the prepared pan. Top off with crushed potato chips.
- Bake for about 50 to 55 minutes. Serve as a side and enjoy