No Cream of Soup Potato Casserole (aka Funeral Potatoes)


Today’s recipe is what is traditionally known here in Utah as funeral potatoes. I know it is a weird name for them, but it get that name because it is usually served along with ham at a luncheon following a funeral. I have heard in other parts of the country that the recipe is known as party potatoes. Whatever you like to call them doesn’t matter. They are delicious and are excellent served with ham and a must for Easter at my house.

Now, the traditional recipe I know calls for a can of cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup.  I have make other similar versions made using whipping cream (Shredded Potato au Gratin and Market Street Potatoes Au Gratin) but they don’t have that creamy consistency of the recipe make with the cream soup and tend to be drier than the traditional recipe also.

So I was happy to try a version that was just as creamy as the traditional version, but without the cream soup.  With this recipe you just make a cream base in its place and they turn out just as rich and creamy!


5.0 from 3 reviews
No Cream of Soup Potato Casserole (aka Funeral Potatoes)
 
Ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • ½ large yellow onion, diced
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk (I even used skim)
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (8 ounces)
  • 26-ounce bag frozen shredded hash browns, thawed
  • ½ cup light sour cream
  • Topping:
  • 2 cups of lightly crushed cornflakes
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
Instructions
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, add the butter and onion. Cook until the onion is softened and translucent, about 5-6 minutes.
  2. Add the flour. Cook, stirring constantly, for about a minute.
  3. Add the chicken broth and milk to the mixture. Add each one slowly while whisking.
  4. Add the salt, pepper and thyme and stir to combine.
  5. Bring to a boil and then reduce then simmer, stirring frequently, until the mixture is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese until smooth.
  7. Fold in the thawed hash browns until well combined.
  8. Then in the sour cream. Spread the mixture into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  9. Combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle over the mixture.
  10. Bake at 325 for 45 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

Related Posts with Thumbnails


14 comments on “No Cream of Soup Potato Casserole (aka Funeral Potatoes)

  • Can this casserole be made ahead and frozen?

  • Can’t wait to try this for Easter dinner tomorrow. We also are trying to avoid artificially flavored or colored foods, and extra salt or MSG.

  • This is by and far our fave party potato recipe! Thanks for sharing! I’m planning to make it for a brunch but my oven space is limited. Do you think it would be ok if cooked in a crock pot?

  • I made this tonight and it was delicious!!!! I was so excited to find a version of this recipe that didn’t have canned soup. I’m allergic to anything derived from corn and there is a lot of that in canned soup. –I added a little extra onion powder to the mix and crunched crackers on top instead of cornflakes. Fantastic!!!

  • THANK YOU!!! We are trying to eliminate all processed foods in our home and this was exactly what I was looking for. Life-saver you are!!

  • I live in the Midwest in a small town & I can tell you that we too make these for funeral dinners! Some top them with cornflakes others do not, but my Mother’s tried & true recipe that she makes for every funeral dinner our church has includes cornflakes! So funny to see that this is a tradition in Utah!

  • How can you be so proud of eliminating the “cream of” soup and then top the whole dish with cornflakes?

  • This is on the menu for our Easter dinner – we love this one!

  • Looks amazing! :-) I’m going to have to add them to my Easter menu TOO! :-)

  • I’ve tried to make my own version of this dish without the cream of whatever soup, and I haven’t ever really been satisfied with how it turned out. I can’t wait to try this one!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Rate this recipe:  

Human Verification: In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.