‘Funeral Potatoes’ is the grim name of a very delicious casserole that is renowned in parts of the U.S. I’m not sure why I had never heard of funeral potatoes until recently when The Idaho Potato Commission asked if I’d be interested in developing my own unique funeral potatoes recipe for them. At first I was slightly taken aback by the name but when I realized they were referring to a casserole of shredded potatoes and melted cheese, I said “yes!”
The dish comes from Utah and mid-mountain Western United States, developed and made popular by members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints and it is sometimes called Mormon Potatoes or Mormon Funeral Potatoes. This cheesy hash brown casserole, often topped with crunchy buttered cornflakes, is a popular side dish at church luncheons and dinners that follow a funeral. The ultimate comforting casserole that’s and easy to throw together is just what’s you want for a somber occasion that you can’t plan too much ahead for.
But don’t think for a minute that funeral potatoes is only for funerals….