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Old 08-03-2018, 12:22 AM
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Never heard of them until I read this thread.
TBH, they sound gross. Like hamburger helper or an all you can eat "cattle call" buffet. I will agree that the name is appropriate.
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Old 08-03-2018, 02:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Gerania View Post
Maybe they're called funeral potatoes because if you eat them often, you're going to die.
Eat them, you're going to die. Don't eat them, you're going to die. Nobody gets out alive.
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Old 08-03-2018, 06:33 AM
Location: SW Florida
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Lived in Florida, North Carolina and Long Island. Never heard of funeral potatoes.
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Old 08-03-2018, 08:03 AM
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I just came to the Midwest this spring, and was amused to see tater tots (usually with cheese sauce) listed as a vegetable on many menus.
Sounded kinda gross to my California mindset. Then I tried them. Well, yummy. They are now officially on my "leave those alone, you won't stop once you start" list.

This is the first time I've heard of funeral potatoes, but if you substitute pasta for spuds, it feels familiar.
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Old 08-03-2018, 08:07 AM
Location: Denver area
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Midwestern roots and have lived in various Midwest states.

Never heard of funeral potatoes, or seen tater tots listed as a vegetable (listed as a side dish, along with vegetables or French fries yes). Growing up I do remember Jello "salad" though, lol.
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Old 08-03-2018, 08:19 AM
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Location: Lark Farm
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These potatoes are yummy!

Theyíre not difficult to make so I canít understand why anyone would purchase them pre made or a kit to make them. Iíve never heard them called funeral potatoes either and Iím from the Midwest.
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Old 08-03-2018, 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by gentlearts View Post
This is always on the menu with the holiday ham.

Here it is, for those who don’t have it.

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

2# frozen hash browns, thawed
salt and pepper
2 T grated or minced onion
1 stick melted butter
2 cups shredded cheddar
1 pint sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup

Crushed Potato chips (optional)

Mix the ingredients together and place in a casserole dish, or 13x9. Top with potato chips, if desired (I think this is overkill, but some like it). Bake at 350 until bubbly...30-45 minutes. If your potatoes are frozen it will take longer.
Cheesy Hot Dish is lick-the-plate delicious.

This is a family reunion favorite.
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Old 08-03-2018, 03:18 PM
Location: Erie, PA
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I've lived in Upstate NY, South Carolina, Michigan, KY, LA, and TN. I never heard any of those residents talking about "funeral potatoes".

I was introduced to funeral potatoes by an LDS family who moved across the street from us when we lived in Kentucky. They had come from Utah to help establish an LDS church in the Bowling Green area. I found them pretty tasty though it's not something I would eat all of the time because they are pretty hefty on the fat and calories.

Of course, I am very happy with pretty much any kind of potato that I get Baked, mashed, fries, tots, whatever...I'm eating it up!
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Old 08-03-2018, 04:05 PM
Location: Cody, WY
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I enjoy what I consider the deluxe variety. It's the above recipe or similar doused with fry sauce. Fry sauce is another Mormon item found in Utah. It's a mixture of mayonnaise and ketchup along with other flavorings. Every restaurant in Salt Lake has its own recipe as do most households.

I'm not Mormon, but I do like funeral potatoes, fry sauce, and scones. The Scone Cutter, a fast food chain in Utah, has scones filled with about anything and fry sauce for your fries. They don't have funeral potatoes, but those are for eating at home.
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Old 08-03-2018, 06:31 PM
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Fry sauce? Now that's a new one to me. But that's okay - it keeps life interesting!
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