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The original Best Cheesy “Funeral” Potatoes recipe made with southern hash browns, whipped cream cheese, and loaded with cheesy goodness!

I know, I know…not ANOTHER “funeral” potato recipe! Hear me out for a minute…I’ve been making my “funeral” potatoes for 33 years! These are not the “new kid” on the block cheese potatoes.

This IS the original “cheesy funeral” potato casserole or cheese potatoes.  However, we didn’t call them “funeral” potatoes back then. It was just a new amazing easy cheesy potato casserole that you took to every church potluck and made for every family get-together.

First time I made these I wasn’t even married. A friend gave me the recipe and swore by them. I remember thinking “Cream of Chicken Soup” in cheesy potatoes?

Being young and having little kitchen experience I trusted her and went with it. Generations are grateful I did! They are a staple at every Holiday dinner table! Nobody even has to die for us to enjoy them! (Bonus!)

Casserole Dish filled with the Best Cheesy Funeral Potatoes

How To Make The Best Cheesy Funeral Potatoes

In a large skillet melt 1 stick of REAL butter.  Add one can of Cream of Chicken Soup (Yes… you can substitute cream of mushroom) and one 7.5 oz container of Whipped Philadelphia Chive Cream Cheese.

Tip: If you cannot find Whipped Cream Cheese with Chives you can use one small container of regular cream cheese with chives. Both work equally well it just takes a little longer for the regular cream cheese to melt.

Butter, Soup mix, and cream cheese over heat melting to create cheese sauce

Using a wire whisk blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Add in 1 cup of cubed mild cheddar cheese. You may need to add about ¼ cup of milk to thin the mixture out.

Adding Cheese to Cream Sauce for Potatoes

Continue mixing until cheese is completely melted and everything is well blended .  It will be very smooth.

Cheese sauce for Cheesy Funeral Potatoes

Fill a large bowl with a thawed 2 lb bag of southern hash browns. Add the creamy cheese sauce and mix together.

Mixing Cheese sauce in with frozen country hash browns with spatula

Now you can bake these two different ways. You can pour the mixture into a 2 quart sprayed baking dish and bake them in the oven…OR…if you need room in your oven for other dishes, you can bake them in a sprayed casserole slow cooker.

It works fantastic and I love my slow cooker casserole dish.

Potatoes in Slow Cooker Casserole dish

Top with an additional cup of grated cheddar cheese.

Cheese sprinkled on top of cheesy funeral potatoes before baking

If baking in the oven, bake at 350° F, for one hour. If baking in your crock pot casserole dish cook for 2.5 – 3 hours on high or for 5 hours on low.

The potatoes should be “fork” tender.

Slow Cooking Cheesy Funeral Potatoes

You know what happens at this Nest with these delicious mouth-watering potatoes? The photographer doesn’t get a good photo because the piggy’s that live here “snarf” them all!

I seriously had to make another batch just to take a photo for this post! Even at that they don’t photograph very well. So photos aside…just trust me when I say these are the yummiest cheesy potatoes and your family will love them.

The Best Cheesy Funeral Potatoes on a serving plate

These are the BEST cheesy funeral potatoes I’ve ever had…and I’ve had LOTS!

Don’t wait to go to a funeral to have them! (Gads!) I really dislike that they have been nick-named “funeral” potatoes. I deal with it by telling myself it’s because they are “TO DIE FOR”!

This is the perfect side dish for Ham, Pork Roast, (Coffins?) or any main course dish you are making. Just remember…all the other recipes out there are “wannabe’s”!

Here are some of my other Favorite Side Dish Recipes

This is the REAL deal! lol 😉 Nobody wants 2nd hand cheesy potatoes at their funeral! That would just be…well…”Cheesy”! (Come on…ya knew I was going there!)

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Yield: 6 servings

Best Cheesy “Funeral” Potatoes

Best Cheesy Funeral Potatoes

The original cheesy "funeral" potato recipe made with southern hash browns, whipped cream cheese, and loaded with cheesy goodness!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 - 7.5 oz. whipped cream cheese with chives
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • 1 cup cubed mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated mild cheddar cheese
  • 2 lb. bag, thawed, southern hash browns (small cubes)

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet melt ½ cup butter over medium heat. Add 1 can cream of chicken soup and the whipped cream cheese with chives. Stir until well blended.
  2. Add in 1 cup cubed mild cheddar and ¼ cup of milk. Continue stirring until cheese is melted and mixture is creamy.
  3. Place bag of thawed hash browns into a large bowl. Add cheese sauce mixture. Stir together.
  4. Pour cheesy hash browns into a sprayed 2 quart baking dish or casserole slow cooker.
  5. Top with 1 cup of grated mild cheddar cheese.
  6. If doing the 2 quart baking dish, bake in a 350° F oven for 1 hour until fork tender.
  7. If making in a casserole crock pot bake on low for 3.5 hours or on high for 2 hours.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6 servings

Serving Size:

¾ cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 860Total Fat: 67gSaturated Fat: 28gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 34gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 1692mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 17g

 

 

 

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Debbie

Friday 8th of May 2020

Can you make a day ahead and bake next day?

norine@norinesnest.com

Monday 11th of May 2020

Hi Debbie! Yes you can! I do this all the time and it works beautifully! Such a great recipe. Enjoy! Happy Nesting! ~Norine

Jess

Thursday 28th of November 2019

Awesome!! This was my sons favorite dish from Thanksgiving dinner. I couldn’t find whipped cream cheese and chive tho so I just used the regular cream cream and chive and it still came out great. Wondering what difference the whipped makes? Thanks for the recipe!!

norine@norinesnest.com

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019

Hi Jessica! Your son has AWESOME taste! lol This is by far my favorite side dish! I often use regular cream cheese with chives. The whipped just melts down faster. Other wise same-same! Thank you so much for taking the time to share with me. I sincerely appreciate it more than you know. Positive comments help keep me going! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Happy Nesting~ Norine

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Friday 19th of April 2019

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Sylvia A Ardner

Sunday 3rd of March 2019

looks good.... A must try...

norine@norinesnest.com

Tuesday 5th of March 2019

Hi Sylvia!

These are really delicious! My family has loved them and requested them over 30 years. They appear every year during all the Holidays! Have a GREAT week! Happy Nesting! ~Norine

Jeanette guidry

Saturday 19th of January 2019

Could you put ground meat in it? Would you have to change any thing.

norine@norinesnest.com

Monday 21st of January 2019

Hi Jeanette! I would think it would be fine as long as you drain your ground beef really well. Other than that I would keep the cook times the same. I've done it with Ham, but never ground beef. Sounds delicious! Happy Nesting! ~Norine