These cheesy potatoes are also called funeral potatoes because they're the perfect comfort dish! This cheesy potato casserole is not only a hit at funerals, but is the best party potatoes for any holiday dinner or potluck!
Funeral Potatoes or Cheesy Potatoes
You might already have a recipe for funeral potatoes, but today I'm sharing mine! I typically call this dish "cheesy potatoes," however, many of us know these best as "funeral potatoes" because they're served as a hot comforting dish at potluck gatherings after funerals.
These party potatoes can be served hot at any event! I make sure they are served every Easter next to the ham, but this dish is perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, too!
My recipe for cheesy potatoes calls for frozen diced hash browns instead of shredded. I just prefer it this way, but you can definitely sub them out for the shredded potatoes! Either way, using a bag of frozen potatoes (shredded or diced) makes this cheesy potato casserole so very easy! Allow the frozen hash browns to partially thaw before mixing into the rest of the ingredients.
What else is included in my recipe? I'm glad you asked! All you need are the following ingredients:
- Frozen diced hash browns (2 lb bag)
- Sour cream (16 oz)
- Onion (1 yellow)
- Shredded sharp cheddar cheese (2 cups)
- Cream of chicken soup (1 can)
- Unsalted butter (1/2 cup, plus another 1/2 cup for topping)
- Onion powder (1 teaspoon)
- Salt (1 teaspoon)
- Garlic powder (1/2 teaspoon)
- Ritz crackers (2 sleeves)
And, guess what? You just need to mix these ingredients together in ONE bowl then spread them into the 9x13-inch casserole dish! Wait to top the cheesy potatoes with the Ritz crackers topping until the last 10 minutes of baking. You bake the casserole for a total of about 1 hour -- you want it hot and bubbling!
How to Make Cheesy Potatoes
The recipe is really very simple but OH! so delicious! The general steps are as follows:
- Mix all ingredients except the topping in a large bowl.
- Spread evenly in greased 9x13-inch pan.
- Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 45 minutes.
- Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle evenly over top of casserole.
- Bake an additional 10 minutes.
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Toppings for Cheesy Potatoes
It's incredible how easy this casserole comes together and how tasty it is! We love the buttery crisp topping of crushed Ritz crackers, but you can also try other toppings like cornflakes cereal, saltines, potato chips, or french fried onions -- and they're equally as delicious! We always have Ritz crackers on hand, so that's what I typically use.
You can freeze these cheesy potatoes. Prep them in a foil casserole dish but leave off the Ritz topping. Thaw overnight in the fridge the day before you want to bake them. I recommend placing the dish in the oven while it's preheating so the potatoes are warming up and to help them cook through.
Other Yummy Potato Recipes
- Crock Pot Baked Potatoes
- Crock Pot Mashed Potatoe
- Lemon Garlic Baby Potatoes
- Loaded Baked Potato Soup
- Potato Vegetable Casserole Supreme
- Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
- Cheesy Bacon Potato Skins
This recipe was originally published November 2008 and most recently updated with new recipe tips March 2021.
- 2 lb. frozen diced hash brown potatoes , partially thawed
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 16 oz. sour cream
- 1 can (10 oz.) cream of chicken soup
- 1 cup diced onions
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter , melted
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
For the topping:
- 2 sleeves Ritz crackers
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter , melted
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 9x13-inch casserole dish with nonstick spray; set aside.
- Mix all ingredients (minus the topping) in a large bowl. Spread evenly into prepared dish. Bake 45 minutes.
- Combine the topping ingredients in a medium bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the potatoes and bake an additional 10 minutes until crispy.
- Nutrition information is an estimate only.