Amazing Cheesy Funeral Potatoes With Potato Chip Crunch
Amazing Cheesy Funeral Potatoes with Potato Chip Crunch
- 5 Large Russet or Yukon Gold Potatoes
- 2 Cups Sour Cream
- 1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
- 4 Oz. Softened Cream Cheese
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 2 Cups Grated Cheddar Jack Cheese
- 2-3 Cups Crushed Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips (or whatever flavor of potato chips you like best)
- In a large pot, parboil the potatoes until they are just barely fork tender. This usually takes 7-10 mins. Drain the potatoes, and set aside to cool for 5 minutes. Preheat your oven or smoker to 350 degrees. When the potatoes have cooled down a little, you should be able to pull the skins off with a little bit of a twist. If the skins don’t come off too easily, you can use a potato peeler.
- Use the large holes on a cheese grater to grate the potatoes into a large bowl. Add all of the remaining ingredients, except for the potato chips to the bowl with the potatoes. Mix until evenly incorporated. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray. Evenly spread the potato mixture in the 9×13 pan. Sprinkle the potato chips evenly over the top of the potato mixture.
- Bake in the oven or on the smoker for 40-60 minutes. They will be done when the mixture starts to bubble, and the potato chips start to brown up more. If the potato chips start to get darker than you want, you can place foil over the top until the potatoes are done. Remove and enjoy! Funeral potatoes are a great side for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. They go great with ham, turkey, chicken, beef, or pork.
Funeral potatoes are about as Utah as you can get. People that have never heard of funeral potatoes before might think it sounds a bit nasty. Don’t worry guys, they are incredible. Before you think we are too weird here in Utah, let me explain the name. I’m no expert on the exact history of funeral potatoes, but basically they get their name due to their popularity as a dish that is commonly served at luncheons that families hold to honor the life of someone they have just lost. These luncheons are usually held at the end of funerals.
Instead of cheesy potatoes, we all just decided to keep it weird, and settle with the name, “Funeral Potatoes.” Once you try this stuff, you won’t even care what it’s called. You’ll just want more.
A lot of people put some pretty wild stuff on top of funeral potatoes, but the most common topping I see is corn flakes. Yep, we probably sound crazy. I promise, it’s incredible. When I was developing this recipe, and making it my own, I felt like I needed to improve the topping. Cheesy potatoes are a comfort food, so they deserve the proper respect and treatment. When I thought about how I could best honor these miraculous potatoes, I knew I had to top them with potato chips. Bear with me here. This is incredible! If you think it’s weird, just try it. I guarantee you won’t regret it.
Throw this recipe together, serve it to friends and family, or keep it for yourself. Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone. Enjoy!