Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Easiest and Most Delicious Funeral Potatoes You Will Ever Make

  So the reason I don't have a better picture than this of the finished product is that by the time I got around to taking a picture, the potatoes were almost gone.  Sorry, that's how good they are!

I promise, this is not going to become a potato blog!  But since the weather is warming up and my potato consumption is about to slow down, I need to get a few more recipes in before summer gets here.  The last thing I will want in a few weeks is to be heating up my house with my oven - even for a potato!

So here is a great recipe for not only a family dinner but also for when you need to throw something together quickly for a dinner party, a family get-together or for a funeral. That's right, these are called "Funeral Potatoes" because people like to make them for funeral lunches.  It makes a large batch, can feed many people and it is fairly inexpensive to make.  Just follow these very easy instructions and in 35 - 40 minutes you will have a creamy on the bottom, crunchy and cheesy on the top potato casserole.  You WILL love it!

You can use real potatoes if you want but it takes a little longer!

Just grab one big old bowl and do the following:

Dump the whole bag of ice cold frozen hash browns into the bowl.  No need to do anything with them beforehand because they are going to cook up perfectly after spending 40 minutes in a 300 degree oven!

Dump in the cream of chicken soup and the 2 T melted butter

and the pint of sour cream

and 2 cups of the shredded cheddar cheese and the 1/2 cup of chopped green onions.  Right now is when I am thinking that I did not grab a big enough bowl.

Add salt

and pepper to taste.

Mix all the ingredients together gently in the bowl and then pour into a greased 9 X 13 glass baking dish. Cover and bake for approximately 30 minutes in a 325 degree oven. The last 10 minutes top with the crushed topping of your choice and remaining cheese.

Now you can mix all of the ingredients in a bowl before adding in the frozen hash browns but I did not do that for this recipe.  If you don't have a gigantic bowl, this would be the preferred way to mix everything up so that you don't have potato heaven flying all over your kitchen.  I did but you are not going to see those pictures here!

If you do not love this side dish I will be shocked and amazed.  So if you don't like it, please don't tell me this time.  It might make me cry!

Enjoy your Funeral Potatoes!

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:  Crushed Cornflakes, Crushed Ritz Crackers, Seasoned Bread Crumbs, Crushed Potato Chips

Funeral Potatoes
1 28 oz. Frozen Hash Browns (dump them in frozen - not cooked)
1 10 oz. can Cream of Chicken Soup
2 T Melted Butter
1 Pint Sour Cream
2 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 C Chopped Green Onions
Salt and Pepper to Taste

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:  Crushed Cornflakes, Crushed Ritz Crackers, Seasoned Bread Crumbs, Crushed Potato Chips, an Additional 1/2 Cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese

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