Funeral potatoes

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Funeral potatoes
Type Hotdish or casserole
Place of origin United States
Region or state Intermountain West,
Main ingredients Hash browns or cubed potatoes, cheese (cheddar or Parmesan), onions, cream soup (chicken, mushroom, or celery) or cream sauce, sour cream, butter, corn flakes or crushed potato chips
Cookbook: Funeral potatoes  Media: Funeral potatoes

Funeral potatoes (also known as Mormon funeral potatoes or party potatoes[1][2][3]) is a traditional potato hotdish or casserole[4] that originated in the Intermountain West region of the United States. Both Mormon and Southern[5] people call this dish "funeral potatoes" because the casserole is commonly served as a side dish during traditional after-funeral dinners,[6] such as those planned by members of the Relief Society[7] (a LDS auxiliary organization). The dish is also served at other social gatherings such as potlucks, typically in areas with a significant Latter-day Saint population in the Mormon Corridor.[8]

Ingredients and preparation[edit]

The dish usually consists of hash browns or cubed potatoes, cheese (cheddar or Parmesan), onions, cream soup (chicken, mushroom, or celery) or a cream sauce, sour cream, and a topping of butter with corn flakes or crushed potato chips.[9] Ingredients in some variations include cubed baked ham, frozen peas, or broccoli florets.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]

During the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, one of the souvenir "food pins" featured a depiction of funeral potatoes.[10][11][12]

Funeral potatoes are mentioned in Molly Harper's "Nice Girl" and "Half Moon Hallow" book series, as traditional Southern cuisine.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Party Potatoes". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  2. ^ "Party Potatoes - Cuisinart Original - Sides - Recipes -". Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  3. ^ "Party Potatoes". Campbells Kitchen 2.0. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  4. ^ Ravitz, Jessica (February 5, 2012). "Crossing the plains and kicking up dirt, a new Mormon pioneer". CNN Belief Blog. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  5. ^ "Traditional Southern Funeral Foods". 
  6. ^ Prues, Don; Heffron, Jack (2003). Writer's Guide to Places. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books. p. 325. ISBN 978-1-58297-169-8. 
  7. ^ Smith, Jenny (September 17, 2008). "LDS Funeral and Meal Planning". Relief Society Meeting Ideas & Leadership Tips » Welfare. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  8. ^ Cannon, Ann (January 11, 2009), "Funeral foods should feature spuds, please", Deseret News 
  9. ^ Schechter, Harold (2009). The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End. Random House, Inc. p. 131. ISBN 0-345-49964-6. 
  10. ^ Thursby, Jacqueline S. (2006). Funeral Festivals in America: rituals for the living. University Press of Kentucky. p. 81. ISBN 0-8131-2380-1. 
  11. ^ Phillips, Valerie (February 6, 2002), "There's green Jell-O on your lapel...", Deseret News, archived from the original on 2003-10-06 
  12. ^ Wilkinson, Daniel. "PIN, FUNERAL POTATOES". Digital Public Library of America. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 

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