Funeral Potatoes are cheesy, creamy, with a delicious crunchy topping. This comfort food is a classic casserole dish you should bring to your next get together!

Funeral potatoes in a baking dish.

All jokes aside, you have not lived until you have tried funeral potatoes. In the Midwest, this casserole dish is commonly brought to parties, family gatherings, and funerals alike. Food truly is the ultimate comforter, and in good times and in bad we rely on some amazing food to enhance the good, and help get us through the bad. Funeral potatoes do just that with its potatoey, cheesy, creamy goodness. It is one of those foods that is unexpectedly delicious. Unfortunately for everyone around you, once you try it you are unapologetically going back for more than your fair share. Don’t worry, we won’t hold it against you. They’re just that good. 

Potato options: 

We love making this casserole from scratch, but sometimes we just don’t want to take the time to grate all of those potatoes. If you are in a pinch, you can always use frozen grated potatoes. Simply thaw them in the microwave to speed up the prep time. 

Dairy Free Options: 

Unfortunately, there are just some dishes that are difficult to make dairy free. Due to the large amount of dairy products in this dish, we do not recommend trying to make it dairy free. 

Cornflake Substitute: 

Cornflakes is the traditional topping for funeral potatoes, but not everyone is a fan of cornflakes. You can always substitute with crushed crackers instead.

How to make Funeral Potatoes for a crowd:

If you need to feed a large group of people, you can easily double or triple this recipe. 

Make Ahead Instructions: 

You will want to bake this in the oven immediately before serving, but you can prepare the recipe ahead of time through adding the shredded cheese. Once you’ve added the cheese, cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours in advance. When you’re ready to bake you can add the cornflake topping and melted butter.

A serving of traditional funeral potatoes on a plate.

Storage and Reheating Instructions: 

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat single serving portions in the microwave in 30 second increments until warmed through.

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