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Old 08-01-2018, 08:13 PM
 
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This is a "for fun" thread

So, my friend from Oklahoma posted a story on FB about a new frozen potato dish that you can prepare and serve. It comes in a bag from the freezer section.

It is called "Funeral Potatoes". Apparently it is known by that name in the Midwest, but the Walmart customers are talking about this product.

Well, I checked with my Hubby and neither one of us has ever heard of this dish, at least not called by this name. I am guessing it is quick to prepare, and people would bring it to a Church funeral where they have a reception afterward in the Fellowship Hall.

Does anyone make this? Do people in your locality call it by this name? If so, where do you live?
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Old 08-01-2018, 08:38 PM
 
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I have never heard of "funeral potatoes" in the Midwest. I have had them several times at funerals in Utah.
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Old 08-02-2018, 07:18 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I have heard that the familiar-to-most cheese and hash brown potato casserole is called this in some areas....
Hash browns
Cheddar
Cream of chicken soup
Sour cream
Butter
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Old 08-02-2018, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I have never heard of "funeral potatoes" in the Midwest. I have had them several times at funerals in Utah.
Iíve never had a hash brown casserole, but I have heard of funeral potatoes, maybe on city-data. I also associate them with Utah for whatever reason.
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Old 08-02-2018, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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My mother makes "funeral potatoes," but not for funerals usually. She usually makes them for large family gatherings. Yes, we are definitely in the Midwest. She uses the cubed hash browns, not the shredded, some kind of "cream of soup," lots of cheddar cheese, and maybe some other stuff.

I've never made them because she or someone else usually makes them. Personally I'd add some canned diced chiles for a little heat.

It's one of those things like Mac-n-Cheese that probably freezes well because of all of the fat. I know they don't take long to put together--maybe 5 minutes. Not something I would ever buy.
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Old 08-02-2018, 08:01 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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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.
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Old 08-02-2018, 08:21 AM
 
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I never heard them called "funeral potatoes" in Southern MN. But what everyone brought to church potlucks was homemade escalloped potatoes usually with chunks of ham in it.

You can assemble the raw potatoes, meat and onion in the casserole and pour a seasoned cream sauce over it or you can layer it with flour and pour hot milk over it before baking.

The second method is handy but I think the first is the traditional and less "curdled" looking.

They are so tasty and inexpensive to make that I can't imagine buying them already prepared.

My shredded hash brown recipe is for au gratins. Layer the potatoes with sharp cheddar, salt and pepper, pour half and half over the casserole. Let stand overnight and bake uncovered sprinkled lightly with paprika.
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Old 08-02-2018, 08:25 AM
 
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Funeral potatoes are well known in Utah and among other Mormon communities.


We just call them party potatoes here.


Not sure what all the angst is about. There are still communities where people take food to families who have suffered a bereavement. The hash brown casserole is something many people like, it is a comfort food, and it is easy to prepare and serve. It's an ideal dish for the purpose.
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Old 08-02-2018, 08:31 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Anyway, it’s new to me, if Walmart is indeed selling frozen funeral potatoes. I can see someone like Stouffers having a casserole, but not a bag of frozen mix. I don’t shop there, but it’s not something I would buy anyway.
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Old 08-02-2018, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Dayton, OH
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If it's on the Food Network's website, it's definitely a thing:

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/...tatoes-3268651

This recipe has great reviews. Now I'm hungry.
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