Mormon Funeral Potatoes Recipe

Mormon Funeral Potatoes Recipe

I’ve been slowly climbing the “Officially a Mormon” ladder the past few months.. Recently I stepped on the Funeral Potatoes rung.

If you have spent any time around Mormons – especially those on the West coast, then you have probably heard of Funeral Potatoes. I’m not even going to pretend to know about the origin, or even care about it (probably some dish commonly found at funerals?). I just know they existed, sounded delicious, and I had to make them.

Mormon Funeral Potatoes Recipe by Life as a Convert

So I did.

And they were delicious!!

Frozen or Fresh Potatoes?

Apparently a lot of people just use frozen hash browns, but I had some potatoes that had been sitting on my counter for far too long. The only downside to using fresh potatoes was all the shredding required.

I didn’t boil/soften my potatoes before shredding them. In my mind I just pictured a big mushy mess of potatoes.

Mormon Funeral Potatoes Recipe

My only advice is to use some paper towels to soak up some of the moisture that comes from using fresh potatoes.

Funeral Potatoes Recipe

One of the best things about this recipe is the sheer amount it produced. Most casseroles do, but this one fed my family of 4 for 2 meals.

Funeral Potatoes Recipe

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Funeral Potatoes
  1. Wash, peel, and shred the potatoes. Set aside.
  2. Saute onion using 1 tablespoon butter.
  3. Combine all ingredients except corn flakes and 4 tablespoons butter and mix well.
  4. Spread mixture into a 9x13 casserole dish.
  5. Combine corn flakes and melted butter and sprinkle over the casserole.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Overall, it was a success. All of my kids enjoyed it and I was happy to finally taste this Mormon staple. You can bet I’ll be taking this to a potluck or two.

Mormon Funeral Potatoes in Glass Dish

Was it delicious? Yes!
Will I make it again? Yes!
Will I use frozen hash browns? Maybe

I’m already thinking about the fun things I can add to it to give it some more flair – and maybe nutritional value. One fellow Mormon Mama mentioned adding chives and I think that’s a brilliant idea.

Have you ever had Funeral Potatoes?
What would you add to give it some flair? 


17 thoughts on “Mormon Funeral Potatoes Recipe

  1. Mikki

    I adore funeral potatoes. I figure the name either comes from the fact they’re always served at funerals or because that list of ingredients could land you in a casket, take your pick. :P
    I’ve always thought about adding some diced ham to it, but haven’t done it yet.
    I do like to throw some of those French’s fried onion rings on top instead of the corn flakes….

  2. Marysa

    I’ve never heard of this, and never seen a recipe like it either. That’s very interesting with the corn flakes. I would like to give it a try and see how it turns out.

  3. lauren happel

    I have never heard of these, and I am a bit skeptical on the corn flakes, however i would totally give them a shot before making a judgement on it they were good or not :) Sometimes combinations surprise you :)

  4. Lynndee

    I’ve never had funeral potatoes before. I bet it is as delicious as it looks. The addition of corn flakes is interesting. I will have to try that.


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