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No Cream of Soup Potato Casserole (aka Funeral Potatoes)

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Today’s No Cream of Soup Potato Casserole recipe is what is traditionally known here in Utah as funeral potatoes. I know it is a weird name for them. However, it get that name because it is usually served along with ham at a luncheon following a funeral. I have heard in other parts of the country that the recipe is known as party potatoes. Whatever you like to call them doesn’t matter. They are delicious and are excellent served with ham and a must for Easter at my house.

Now, the traditional recipe I know calls for a can of cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup.  I have make other similar versions made using whipping cream (Shredded Potato au Gratin and Market Street Potatoes Au Gratin). But they don’t have that creamy consistency of the recipe you make with the cream soup. It tends to be drier than the traditional recipe also.

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So I was happy to try a version. It was just as creamy as the traditional version, but without the cream soup.  With this recipe you just make a cream base in its place. They turn out just as rich and creamy!

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No Cream of Soup Potato Casserole (aka Funeral Potatoes)

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  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • ½ large yellow onion diced
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk I even used skim
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese 8 ounces
  • 26- ounce bag frozen shredded hash browns thawed
  • ½ cup light sour cream


  • 2 cups of lightly crushed cornflakes
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted


  • In a large pot over medium heat, add the butter and onion. Cook until the onion is softened and translucent, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Add the flour. Cook, stirring constantly, for about a minute.
  • Add the chicken broth and milk to the mixture. Add each one slowly while whisking.
  • Add the salt, pepper and thyme and stir to combine.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce then simmer, stirring frequently, until the mixture is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese until smooth.
  • Fold in the thawed hash browns until well combined.
  • Then in the sour cream. Spread the mixture into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  • Combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle over the mixture.
  • Bake at 325 for 45 minutes, until hot and bubbly.
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Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

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  1. This is the best “funeral potatoes” recipe I have come across. I made it for New Year’s brunch and it was a huge hit – everyone commented on how cheesy and creamy it is!!! I followed the recipe proportions exactly ( except I used heavy cream)and it was not watery at all. I recommend this recipe if you are trying to cut out salt (from canned soup) without losing yumminess.

  2. I know this is an older recipe, but I wanted to tell you how much I love it! My husband does Weight Watchers and my father has a limited diet due to heart issues, so I was thrilled to find this “sans cream soup” recipe. I thought if it was good for the hashbrowns, what about all the other cream soup recipes? IT WORKS! I just stop before the cheese. I make THE BEST chicken and rice 🙂