A Fresh Twist on Funeral Potatoes: A Recipe for Celebration

Funeral Potatoes Recipe Fresh

In the heart of comfort food territory, there is one dish everyone can agree on but with a weird name: Funeral Potatoes. It’s quite the somber name but this creamy, cheesy potato casserole is anything but mournful. It’s a dish that brings warmth, comfort, and joy to tables across various gatherings, yes, at funerals but also  Easter and other festive holidays. Today, we’re diving into a delightful version of this classic dish, inspired by the festive and family-friendly recipes of Lauren Allen from Tastes Better from Scratch. With a few simple changes, this recipe is healthier and tastier – instructions for both traditional and fresher below.

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A Fresh Twist on Funeral Potatoes: A Recipe for Celebration
Funeral Potatoes Recipe Fresh
Course Side Dish
Cuisine vegetarian
Skill Level easy
Servings
Course Side Dish
Cuisine vegetarian
Skill Level easy
Servings
Funeral Potatoes Recipe Fresh
Instructions
  1. Allow potatoes to thaw in your fridge overnight, or spread them on a baking sheet and warm them in the oven at 200 degrees for about 20 minutes, until thawed.
  2. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  3. Combine sour cream, cream of chicken soup, 6 Tablespoons of melted butter, salt, pepper and dried onion in a bowl. Mix well.
  4. Add potatoes and shredded cheese and stir to combine. Spoon mixture into a single layer in a 9x13'' pan.
  5. Add cornflakes to a large ziplock bag and crush gently with your hands or a rolling pin.
  6. Add remaining 4 tablespoons of melted butter to the crushed cornflakes and combine well. Sprinkle mixture over potatoes.
  7. Bake uncovered at 350 F for 40-50 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Notes

To Freeze:

To freeze funeral potatoes, make as directed, but do not add the cornflake topping. Cover and store in freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, thaw in the fridge overnight. Add cornflake topping before baking.

The Joyous Paradox of Funeral Potatoes

So, the name, “Funeral Potatoes” is originally named for its frequent appearance at post-funeral luncheons, as you may expect.  Funeral Potatoes have kept the name but become a staple at celebrations and family feasts, year-round. There is nothing like the creamy texture on the inside with a crispy topping!

If you are looking for something delicious, easy to make ahead of time this Easter or other holiday, I highly recommend this fresher take on Funeral Potatoes recipe.

Embracing Freshness with Lauren Allen’s Guidance

Lauren Allen, the talent behind the beloved food blog and cookbook Tastes Better from Scratch, champions the use of fresh ingredients to elevate everyday cooking into something extraordinary. This recipe for Funeral Potatoes is no exception, embracing fresh produce, dairy, and herbs to maximize flavor and nutritional value.

Why Fresh Matters
  • Flavor and Texture: Fresh ingredients deliver unmatched flavor and texture. Imagine the taste of potatoes just dug from the earth or the creamy goodness of freshly grated cheese melting into a lush sauce. These elements bring a dish to life in a way that pre-packaged ingredients simply can’t match.
  • Nutritional Benefits: Fresh fruits, vegetables, and other perishables pack a nutritional punch that diminishes over time in their canned or frozen counterparts. By incorporating fresh ingredients into your Funeral Potatoes, you’re not only enhancing flavor but also boosting the dish’s health benefits.
  • Accessibility: With local grocers, farmers’ markets, and home delivery services more accessible than ever, incorporating fresh ingredients into your cooking has never been easier. A little effort goes a long way in bringing the best out of your meals, both in taste and nutrition.

With Lauren Allen’s approach to using fresh, quality ingredients, you can easily take this dish to the next level, but every meal you prepare, into something that truly tastes better from scratch.

As you gather around the table this Easter, let the comforting, creamy goodness of Funeral Potatoes remind you of the joy and renewal that the season brings. It’s a testament to how food, even with the simplest of ingredients, can bring people together, nourish our bodies, and feed our souls. Happy Easter, and may your meals be as fresh and joyful as the season itself.

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