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7-Ingredient Funeral Potatoes (Company Potatoes)

Our favorite 7-Ingredient Funeral Potatoes Recipe (Company Potatoes) is a true crowd-pleaser at potlucks, tailgate parties, and holiday meals.

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Funeral Potatoes Recipe… For More Than Just Funerals.

With all the new recipes we create and test each month, you’d think we never have time for repeats. However today’s 7-Ingredient Funeral Potatoes Recipe is a dish I’ve been making for over 20 years!

This is a recipe I must credit to my mother-in-law Sue. When Lt. Dan and I were first married he would sometimes slip and tell me no one was a better cook than his mother.

Although my mom had taught me quite a few tricks in the kitchen, her cooking style was quite different than Sue’s cooking style. So there were dishes Dan wouldn’t touch because his mom never made them.

I decided if my new husband was ever going to believe I could cook as well as his mom, I was going to have to learn to make some of her recipes.

Today’s Funeral Potato Casserole, AKA Company Potatoes, is a recipe I learned to make years ago, and is just as appealing today!

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Our Family’s Company Potatoes Recipe

Each time we visited Dan’s family, I would take notes on Sue’s recipes and write them down in a little kitchen journal.

I started making her top chicken recipes, her lasagna, and this simple potato bake she called Company Potatoes.

Over the years I’ve noticed comparable potato dishes online with less appreciative names like… White Trash Potatoes, Redneck Potatoes, and Ghetto Potatoes.

Really?

Just because this dish is made with less than chic ingredients doesn’t mean it is low quality.

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Easy Hash Brown Casserole AKA Funeral Potatoes

However, there are also similar potato recipes called Funeral Potatoes and Hash Brown Potato Casserole.

Each of these recipes involves frozen hash brown potaotes, butter, cheese, and other ingredients to make a creamy base. Most have a crunchy top made out of corn flake cereal!

Some recipes include cream of  chicken canned soup, as the base. However, I always prefer to skip canned soups (just a personal preferrence) and use fresh ingredients instead!

The most popular name “Funeral Potatoes” refers to the fact that this reicpe is commonly served at after-funeral gatherings, as well as being a easy freezer dish one would bring to a family who had just lost a loved one.

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Easy Funeral Potato Casserole Made In ONE Dish!

Sue’s “Company Potatoes” side dish has morphed over the years in our house. I’ve started substituting salsa verde (or green enchilada sauce) and sour cream for the cream of chicken soup… To kick it up a notch.

And unbelievably, Lt. Dan approves!

Using frozen Potatoes O’Brien (potato chunks with onions and peppers) instead of plain shredded hash browns offers three ingredients in one.

Sour cream, salsa verde, shredded cheese, and chicken base are mixed to create the creamy base.

They can be mixed in the baking dish with the hash brown for easy clean up.

Then corn flakes are crumbled and mixed with butter to sprinkle over the surface, creating the icon golden crunchy top.

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Our 7-Ingredient Company Potatoes Recipe makes a large deep pan of zesty, creamy, cheesy potatoes that can feed many people, and is a wonderful side dish for holiday turkeys and hams.

Give it a try!

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Cheesy Funeral Potatoes Ingredients

That’s right, you only need seven items to make this rich comforting dish… And several of them are pantry staples.

  • Frozen Potatoes O’Brien Hash BrownsThawed. This is a blend of cubed potatoes, onions, and peppers.
  • Sour cream – For the creamy base.
  • Shredded Cheddar CheeseI like to use sharp cheddar, shredded off the block, but pre-shredded cheese is fine.
  • Salsa VerdeJarred. Or you can use green enchilada sauce.
  • Chicken Bouillon BasePowdered, paste, or cubes.
  • Corn FlakesFor the golden crispy top.
  • Melted ButterTo toss with the corn flakes.

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How To Make Hash Brown Casserole

  1. Mix. Pour the hash brown potatoes, sour cream, salsa, shredded cheese, and chicken base in a 3 quart baking dish. Mix well, and spread out evenly.
  2. Shake. Place the cornflakes in a plastic zip bag. Crush the corn flakes. Then pour in the melted butter and toss to coat.
  3. Sprinkle. Shake the buttered cornflakes evenly over the top of the potatoes.
  4. Bake. Bake until golden and bubbly!

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Company Potatoes Recipe FAQ & Swaps

Can I Sprinkle Something Else (Other Than Corn Flakes) Over The Top Of The Potatoes?

Don’t love the idea of corn flakes? Try topping the potatoes with:

  • Crushed Potato Chips
  • Crushed Saltine or Butter Crackers
  • Panko Breadcrumbs
  • French Fried Onions
  • Or bake them naked!

Are Funeral Potatoes Gluten Free?

Some versions are not, but THIS recipe is!

As long as you buy a brand of corn flake cereal labeled Gluten-Free you are in the clear.

Can You Freeze Hash Brown Potato Casserole?

Absolutely! The term “Funeral Potatoes” comes from the fact that this dish was traditionally made to take to families who had just suffered a loss, or have sick family members.

It’s a fabulous dish to make in foil pans, wrap well, and freeze for later use, or to take to friends.

Freeze for up to 3 months. Take the pan out of the freezer the night before baking and thaw in the refrigerator. Then bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Can I Make Company Potatoes Ahead Without Freezing?

Sure thing! You can make this recipe up to 3 days in advance, before baking. Do not add the crunchy topping until you are ready to bake.

Cover the top with foil, and refrigerate. Then sprinkle the top with corn flakes once the oven is preheated.

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7-Ingredient Funeral Potatoes Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Our Company Potatoes Recipe is a down-home comfort dish, perfect side dish for holiday meals.
Servings: 18

Ingredients

  • 2 bags frozen Potatoes O’Brien mix, thawed (28-ounces bags)
  • 24 ounces sour cream (could be low fat)
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups salsa verde, or green enchilada sauce
  • 1 tablespoon powdered chicken base, paste, or 3 bouillon cubes
  • 3 cups corn flakes, crushed
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Pour the potatoes, sour cream, salsa or enchilada sauce, shredded cheese, and chicken base in a 3 quart baking dish. Mix well, and spread out evenly.
  • Place the cornflakes in a plastic zip bag. Zip closed and crush the corn flakes. Then pour in the melted butter and toss to coat.
  • Sprinkle the buttered cornflakes evenly over the top of the potatoes. Cover the pan with foil.
  • Bake covered for 45 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake another 10-15 minutes, until bubbly. Serve warm.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 359kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 79mg, Sodium: 737mg, Potassium: 351mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 1210IU, Vitamin C: 7.4mg, Calcium: 346mg, Iron: 3.5mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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15 comments on “7-Ingredient Funeral Potatoes (Company Potatoes)”

  1. Love potato dishes like this. It was so simple and easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

  2. One of our favorite potato casseroles! We always have this at family reunions! So delicious!

  3. My family really loved it! Such a great side dish any time of the year!

  4. This is such a delicious recipe and so easy to make the frozen potatoes!

  5. These are so easy to whip up! Perfect for any dinner party. 

  6. Classic and always pleasing! Love this recipe!

  7. These are the perfect side dish! So delicious and easy to make!

  8. You are t kidding, these are a huge crowd pleaser! Everyone loves them!

  9. Literally one of the best dishes that you can make for others or just your family whenever you want something a little special.

  10. Hi. This is on my menu for the next week somewhere. Yum!!  I have one person in my family who doesn’t like green sauce. Have you ever tried it with red?  Thanks, Jen

  11. Please tell me if the potatoes o”brian are only diced potatoes. onion and peppers…I would like to make fresh.  or are those shredded potatoes?  thanks   looks delicious.