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 Cheesy 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 work great 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 vs 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!
In this recipe I use frozen potatoes because chopping up potatoes for a recipe like this is time consuming and Idaho Potatoes or Russet have quite a bit of starch in them, so when you chop them up for meals like this, then turn colors. So, then have to wash out the excess starch to have a pleasing color.
Between chopping them the right size and then washing out the starch is way more then I’m going to put into a recipe. So I use Ore-Ida Diced Hash Browns because I don’t like the texture of shredded hash browns for this, it just becomes too mushy.
The diced hash browns are the perfect texture and stay intact.
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 🙂 .)
Equipment Needed For Crock-Pot Funeral Potatoes Recipe:
- 6 Quart, 6.5 Quart Or 7 Quart Slow Cooker
- Microwave Safe Bowl
- Silicone Spatula
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Cheese Grater
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.