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Cheese Potatoes

by Laura

This recipe for cheese potatoes comes from one of my old neighbors. This is what would be my version of what is known in Utah as Funeral Potatoes or in other parts of the US, I have learned it is known as Party Potatoes. The potatoes get the name funeral potatoes because it is a dish commonly served at funeral luncheons here in Utah.

I love to serve these potatoes with ham. So it is a perfect dish to serve for Easter lunch or dinner. This is definitely a family favorite. The classic funeral potato dish includes potatoes, some kind of cream of something soup, sour cream, cheese and butter. Those ingredients are all a must. However, after that, there are all kinds of different variations that poeple have. This one includes diced onion. You do cook the onion in butter, so they are nice and tender.

The original picture I have at the bottom of the post is a half a recipe in a 8 x 8 inch dish. I usually make a whole recipe of cheese potatoes, but divide it into two 8 x 8 dishes. Then I cook one and refrigerate one for another meal in the next couple of days. The 8 x 8 amount is perfect for my family of 5.

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Cheese Potatoes

  • Author: Laura
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x


  • 8 to 10 medium potatoes
  • 2 (10 3/4 oz) cans of cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup butter


  1. Peel potatoes and boil in a pot of water until tender, approximately 15-20 minutes.
  2. In another pan or skillet, cook onion in butter until tender.
  3. Drain potatoes and cut into small pieces. Mix potatoes, onion, and butter, with remaining ingredients.
  4. Pour into 9×13 pan. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Serves 10.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
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This is the original photo from when this post was first posted in Oct. 2008.

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Dyanna September 13, 2011 - 11:08 am

Have you ever tried these in a crock pot? I would love to take them to a work potluck but I go in early and would need some way to keep them warm until lunch time. I wonder if I could cook them in the crock pot or would I be able to cook like normal the night before and then dump them into a crock pot the day of.

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Dyanna August 16, 2009 - 3:19 pm

Made these to go with a ham tonight. LOVED THEM!!!! Hubby said "you can make those anytime you want." Thanks!!!

KarenDV July 19, 2009 - 3:58 pm

I make these with (defrosted) frozen hash browns — much easier!

buffalo chicken wing October 14, 2008 - 7:02 pm

My Cheese Potato recipe is almost the exact same, except the one I have calls for crushed cornflakes on top. The funny thing is, I got this recipe from my mother-in-law and we’re from NY. When I moved out here, and made them for a friend from southern utah she was like “Oh, funeral potatoes”. They are by far my favorite side dish.

Veronica October 14, 2008 - 7:00 pm

I love these potatoes! I haven’t made them in a while…I sometimes put crushed potato chips (overkill?) on them or crushed cornflakes (not as popular as the chips with the kids!)Love your blog!

Live.Love.Eat October 13, 2008 - 1:01 pm

Oh potatoes and cheese, how I love thee.

Marsha October 13, 2008 - 9:11 am

These look delicious! I think my kids would actually eat these!


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