Our recent loss had me reminding my hubby to eat, drink water, rest,etc. Grief and stress have a way of taking away the daily needs our bodies require. It started me thinking about the pot luck style luncheons that often occur between the church service and the grave side service. Or after the service has ended, at the wake and or at the home of a loved one. Many bring foods to comfort and to aid those in mourning . This helps to nudge those in mourning to eat ” a little something” and it is often all that a friend can do to feel helpful. Here in Utah we make funeral potatoes. I’m not sure if this is the “norm” where you live, but here it is staple.
What are funeral potatoes? That is debatable, I’ve always considered them to be cheesy potatoes ( like au graten) but with a twist. The twist is where everyone makes funeral potatoes their own. You can eat this comforting potato dish whenever the mood strikes. It’s a nice addition to your menu and great for pot luck dinners too. The fun thing about this recipe is that the main ingredients for this cheesy potato casserole ( aka funeral potatoes) dish are all mostly the same, the difference comes in the twist which is the crust. I’ve made this dish with crushed plain potato chips, club crackers, cornflake crumbs and crushed corn flakes cereal.
What you Need
1 Stick butter room temp (divided)
1/2 Cup white onion (shredded)
2 Lbs. Yukon gold potatoes (peeled and thinly sliced or shredded) or 1 (32-oz) package of frozen shredded hash browns (thawed)
2 Cups cheddar cheese, medium or sharp, or combine the two (shredded)
1 10 1/2-oz. can cream of celery soup
2 Cups sour cream
1 tsp. Salt (optional)
1/2 tsp. White pepper
1 Cup crackers, chips, crumbs, etc. (crushed or coarsely broken, please see suggestions in photo)
Nonstick cooking spray
9 x 13 baking dish ( with cover or use foil)
Medium microwave safe bowl
Nonstick fry pan
Before You Start
Preheat oven to 375 ° F. Spray inside bottom and sides of baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Add half stick of butter to microwave bowl , melt ( use 20 second intervals) and set aside
Let’s Make It!
In the fry pan add ½ stick of butter and onion, sauté over medium heat until soft ( about 5 minutes) In a large bowl, combine potatoes, cheese, soup, sour cream, salt, pepper, and onion; mix well. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish. Add your preferred crust (chips, crackers, etc.) to melted butter and stir. Spread crust mixture on top of potatoes.
Cover baking dish and bake 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake 10 to 15 additional minutes ( or until golden brown and heated through).
Katies Tid Bits* If you are feeling adventurous try adding two crusts one, one on each half of the potatoes. Hmmm I wonder which of these six will be your favorite.
Have you ever had /made funeral potatoes?
I hope to see you all back here tomorrow for TFT
As I am writing this there has been another senseless shooting, this time in Virginia and targeting congressman as they practice for their annual charity baseball game. It is far to soon for me to ask you to join me again in prayer, must yes I must please join me and send love strength and healing to all who are affected xo.