Cheesy Potato Casserole is a crowdpleaser at any party or holiday gathering. This is a VERY simple, but SO delicious recipe for Funeral Potatoes that has been in my family for over 40 years. My mom makes this dish for most every family dinner and there’s never leftovers!

a spoon of Cheesy Potato Casserole coming out of a casserole dish

What Are Funeral Potatoes?

Why is this cheesy potato casserole sometimes called Funeral Potatoes? Because this dish has become a staple at funeral luncheons. And since it’s so yummy, it’s a side that’s great to have for the holidays with some of our other favorite sides. My mom also likes to make this all year long because these potatoes are that good and simple! Potatoes aren’t just for funerals anymore 😉

Ingredients For Cheesy Potato Casserole

You only really need 4 ingredients and a 9×13″ casserole dish to make this delicious, no-fail potato casserole! But there are lots of fun variations to make this easy, cheesy baked hash brown masterpiece even more special (keep reading). Listed below are the basic ingredients:

  • Frozen diced hash brown potatoes (one 30-32 ounce bag)
  • Can of cream of chicken soup
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheddar cheese 
mixing ingredients in a glass bowl for Cheesy Potato Casserole

How Do You Make Cheesy Potato Casserole

Before getting started, I would recommend giving the frozen hash browns about 20-30 minutes to thaw a bit. They don’t have to be completely thawed, but giving them a bit of time to thaw makes them easier to stir with all of the other ingredients.

Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a 9×13″ casserole dish or other similar size glass baking dish and set aside. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl.

Stir all of the ingredients together until well combined.

combine potatoes, cheese and sour cream in a large bowl

Pour the potato casserole ingredients into the baking dish and bake for one hour. Garnish with diced green onion, parsley or chives and serve hot.

Don’t cover these cheesy potatoes while baking. You want the top to get golden brown.

Not ready to bake it yet? Cheesy potatoes will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days before baking. So make this dish extra easy by taking care of all the prep work the day before! Just pop them in the oven following the recipe and you are ready to enjoy.

potato mixture in casserole dish

Variations of Funeral Potatoes 

  • Cheesy Potato Casserole with bacon: toss cooked bacon in with the potatoes, or scatter it over the top to become extra crispy in the oven. I would use about 4 slices.
  • Cheesy Potato Casserole without sour cream: make a lighter version and sub out Greek yogurt for some or all of the sour cream.
  • Cheesy Potato Casserole with corn flakes: Many versions of Funeral Potatoes actually include some type of crispy topping. You can use about 3 cups crushed cornflakes. Don’t have cornflakes? Other tasty topping ideas would be Ritz cracker crumbs, panko bread crumbs, crushed croutons, crispy fried onions, or crumbled potato chips.
  • Cheesy Potato Casserole with ham: Add diced ham to turn this side dish casserole into the main course.
  • Cheesy Potatoes with cream of mushroom soup: it’s easy to make this recipe vegetarian with a condensed soup like cream of mushroom, cream of celery, or cream of broccoli.
  • Mexican Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole: Add a small can of green chilies, some ground taco meat, and a diced red pepper right in with the potatoes for a Mexican twist.
baked potato casserole in a white dish

Can You Freeze Funeral Potatoes?

You can freeze funeral potatoes before you bake them and for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to bake the dish, thaw it in the refrigerator and bake as normal.

 Cheesy Potato Casserole served on a white plate with a fork

Can Cheesy Potato Casserole Be Made Ahead Of Time?

Cheesy Potato Casserole is the perfect make-ahead dish! Prepare this hash brown potato recipe up to a day in advance. You can do this one of two ways. One way is to assemble the casserole and store it covered in the fridge until you’re ready to bake. Let the casserole come to room temperature before baking. The second way is to go ahead and bake the casserole. Let it cool completely and then store in the fridge. When you’re ready to serve it, let the casserole come to room temperature and then heat it in the oven for about 15 minutes and until it is warmed through. This potato casserole is great leftover!

spooning out Cheesy Potato Casserole

Craving More Potato Recipes? Try These Favorites:

Sweet Potato Black Bean Casserole

Roasted Dill Potatoes

Light Sausage Egg Hash Brown Casserole

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serving of Cheesy Potato Casserole on a white plate
a spoon of Cheesy Potato Casserole coming out of a casserole dish
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Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Potato Casserole (Funeral Potatoes)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 260 Calories from Fat 104
% Daily Value*
Fat 11.5g18%
Saturated Fat 7.1g44%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.1g
Cholesterol 38.1mg13%
Sodium 463.1mg20%
Potassium 18.8mg1%
Carbohydrates 22.7g8%
Fiber 2.8g12%
Sugar 2.7g3%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 9.9IU0%
Vitamin C 20.6mg25%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:8 servings
Cheesy Potato Casserole (Funeral Potatoes)
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
 

Cheesy Potato Casserole is a crowdpleaser at any party or holiday gathering. This is a VERY simple, but SO delicious recipe for Funeral Potatoes that has been in my family for over 40 years. My mom makes this dish for most every family dinner and there’s never leftovers!

Ingredients
  • 1 (30-32 ounce) package Frozen Diced Hash Browns (I use Ore-Ida brand)*
  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Combine slightly thawed potatoes, sour cream, soup and cheese in a large mixing bowl. Stir until completely combined. Transfer mixture into a greased 9x13" baking dish.
  3. Bake uncovered at 350ºF for about 60 minutes. Serve warm.
Recipe Notes

*Allow potatoes to thaw for about 20 minutes. They do not have to be completely thawed. You will just want them thawed enough so that you can stir them with other ingredients easily.

Author: Kim
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesy potato casserole, cheesy potatoes, funeral potatoes

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