Funeral Potatoes – The Cookie Rookie®

These traditional funeral potatoes are so easy to make and are always a crowd pleaser when served at Thanksgiving and the holidays. Quick to prep, they are a delicious side to serve up all year round!

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If you are looking for a delicious side dish to serve up this Thanksgiving or Christmas, then these funeral potatoes are the thing!

Perfectly creamy and so easy to make, this oven baked potato casserole is all kinds of cheesy goodness and finished with a crunchy cornflake topping.

For other potato sides, be sure to try my Loaded Smashed Potatoes and Cacio E Pepe Roasted Potatoes.

Why you will love these funeral potatoes!

  • Quick: It takes about 10 minutes to prep this dish and then into the oven it goes.
  • Make ahead: These potatoes are a great make ahead option, perfect if you are planning to serve them as part of a big feast.
  • Perfect for a crowd: This recipe will easily serve 12 and the leftovers taste amazing!
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How to make funeral potatoes

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

  • Cook the onion in butter until tender.
  • Mix the onion with the other ingredients, other then the cornflakes.
  • Place into a baking dish.
  • Mix the corn flakes with some melted butter and spread over the potatoes.
  • Bake until golden brown and bubbly.
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Can you make this recipe with fresh potatoes?

Using thawed, frozen hash browns makes it simple to prepare this dish in minutes, but you can use fresh potatoes if you prefer. Cube an parboil about 10 potatoes before stirring them into the other ingredients.

What do you serve it with?

Funeral potatoes make for an excellent side with any roast dinner. try them with:

Make it ahead of time

It’s easy to make this dish ahead of time!

  • Make the whole dish, but leave off the cornflake topping. Cover with foil and refrigerate for up to two days. Let it come up to temperature before adding the topping and baking.
  • Freeze the uncooked dish, without topping, for up to 3 months and thaw in the fridge overnight before baking.
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  • Leftovers can be kept for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
  • Mix up your toppings! Try topping these with Ritz crackers, potato chips or panko breadcrumbs.
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