A Midwestern favorite side dish often taken to families after a funeral these Crock-Pot Funeral Potatoes are also known as simply “cheesy potatoes”. This is a wonderfully delicious side dish recipe perfect for any potluck or family get-together.
Slow Cooker Funeral Potatoes
So this has turned out to be one of my favorite recipes, both for me, my family and my personal friends. They absolutely love when I whip up a batch of Crock-Pot Funeral Potatoes. It’s an easy recipe to put together and makes a great dish to bring at a potluck or as a side dish.
Now where I’m from we call them “Funeral Potatoes” because often big batches are put together and brought over to the family meal after a funeral. They pair well with ham or roast beef and are very filling.
Kids love them because they are cheesy and they are potatoes and really is that not the best combo?
One of the tricks I use with this recipe, is I use cream of celery instead of cream of mushroom soup because I’m not a huge cream of mushroom fan. So, realizing I could use cream of celery instead and it would only improve the flavor got me very excited!
Also, I prefer to use chopped onions for the recipe, but if you have family that doesn’t like onions, if you shred those onions using a cheese grater, they won’t be able to tell they are in the dish (insert my children 🙂 .)
Frequently Asked Questions
This recipe, as is, is a great base recipe which can be dressed up however you like. Feel free to experiment with the recipe by adding other ingredients such as bacon, sausage, peppers, etc.
You can use either russet potatoes or Idaho potatoes by peeling, dicing and soaking the potatoes in cold water to remove excess starch. Drain the potatoes well and proceed with the recipe. Reduce the cooking time by about 1/2 hour if using fresh potatoes.
Yes, this recipe can easily be doubled. Just place everything in a larger slow cooker and increase the cooking time by about 1 hour.
You do not need to thaw the frozen hash brown potatoes before using them in this recipe. However if the frozen potatoes have clumped together a bit in the bag you will want to break up the clumps first before proceeding wit the recipe. And, if you have thawed potatoes that you want to use in this recipe just decrease the cooking time by about 1/2 hour.
Some people have commented on the morbid name of this recipe. However, this is a popular dish in the mid-west (and other parts of the US too) to make and bring to a funeral for the grieving guests and family to eat. You can also call it “cheesy potatoes” if the name bothers you.
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Crock-Pot Funeral Potatoes Recipe
- 6 Quart Crock-Pot or larger
- Melt butter on 50% power in microwave enough to get it softened. Pour into a large mixing bowl.¼ Cup Unsalted Butter
- Melt cream cheese in same container as butter on 50% power in 30 second increments, watching very closely to keep it from burning. Cream cheese does not need to be liquid, it just needs to be softened enough to be able to be stirred. Pour into the same mixing bowl as the butter.8 Ounces Cream Cheese
- Add the sour cream, cream of celery soup, onion, garlic and black pepper to the bowl and stir well until everything is mixed together.10.75 Ounces Canned Cream Of Celery Soup –1 Cup Sour Cream –1 Medium Yellow Onion –2 Cloves Garlic –¼ Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- Add the frozen potatoes and shredded cheese and stir once more to mix thoroughly.32 Ounces Frozen Diced Hash Brown Potatoes –2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Pour mixture into a 6 quart or larger slow cooker and spread evenly.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours until the potatoes and onion are cooked through.