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Funeral potatoes
TypeHotdish or casserole
Place of originUnited States
Region or stateIntermountain West, Midwest
Main ingredientsHash 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

Funeral potatoes (also great potatoes, cheesy 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 that is popular in the American Intermountain West and Midwest. It is called "funeral" potatoes because it is commonly served as a side dish during traditional after-funeral dinners,[8] but it is also served at potlucks, and other social gatherings, sometimes with different names.[9][10] The dish has sometimes been associated with members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, because of its popularity among members of the Church.[11][12]


Prepared funeral potatoes with a cornflake topping

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.[citation needed]

In popular culture

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

See also


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  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". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on October 20, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  6. ^ "Party Potatoes - Cuisinart Original - Sides - Recipes -". Archived from the original on 2016-10-19. Retrieved 2016-10-19.
  7. ^ "Party Potatoes". Campbells Kitchen 2.0. Archived from the original on 2016-10-20. Retrieved 2016-10-19.
  8. ^ Prues, Don; Heffron, Jack (2003). Writer's Guide to Places. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books. p. 325. ISBN 978-1-58297-169-8.
  9. ^ "Easter dinner planned in Iron River", Iron Mountain Daily News, April 7, 2018, archived from the original on July 27, 2018, retrieved April 7, 2018
  10. ^ Cannon, Ann (January 11, 2009), "Funeral foods should feature spuds, please", Deseret News, archived from the original on February 12, 2009, retrieved October 29, 2009
  11. ^ Ravitz, Jessica (February 5, 2012). "Crossing the plains and kicking up dirt, a new LDS pioneer". Archived from the original on May 10, 2019. Retrieved February 6, 2012.
  12. ^ "LDS Funeral and Meal Planning". Mormon Share. 5 September 2014. Archived from the original on 31 July 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  13. ^ Schechter, Harold (2009). The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End. Random House, Inc. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-345-49964-6.
  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. Archived from the original on 25 October 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2016. ((cite book)): |website= ignored (help)