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I make this all the time, my family loves it, but I’ve never used fresh potatoes. I will have to try it that way. But, I do add a 7 oz can of diced green chilies to mine (for a 9×13) and it is a delicious addition!
I followed this recipe to the letter except for using canned cream of chicken soup and omitting the buttered panko crumbs. It is positively swimming in grease by the time it’s done. Has anyone looked at the fat content of this recipe, or the ratio of liquids to the amount of potatoes used? It tastes good, but if you are health-conscious you won’t make it for your family.
Thanks for your feedback, and your concern. By “swimming in grease”, do you mean you have excess grease pooled around the edges of the dish? It could be the canned cream of chicken soup. In any case, yes, this is certainly not a low-fat recipe. Cheesy funeral potatoes are not meant to be an everyday thing–just like pie or cake or barbecued spare ribs are not an everyday thing.
Have you tried this in a crock pot? I need them for brunch at 11 am so don’t have all day for them to cook in the crock pot but need them to stay warm over a 3 hour time period.
Hi, Lynn! We haven’t tried cooking this in a crockpot, but I think it would work just fine to hold them in the crockpot on the warm setting. Here’s what I’d do: Go ahead and cook the recipe as written in a casserole dish but leave OFF the panko topping. Once the potatoes are bubbling in the oven, scoop them out of the baking pan and into the crockpot set on the “warm” setting. Sprinkle the top with panko and serve. Let us know how it works out!
Is this good to have at a Wake?
The recipe looks great, and I will try it soon. I wanted to comment that “Funeral Potato’s” are not similar at all to the British famous Cottage Pie. Cottage Pie is similar to Shepard’s Pie, made with ground beef, or lamb, bathed in a rich, thick sauce, and diced carrots, onion, and peas, then topped with whipped potato’s. Not the same as your recipe. Thank you!!
I haven’t tried it yet but do you mix the canned cream of mushroom soup with the milk first before using it or not?
Hi, Louise! Emma here, managing editor. No need to add milk to your cream of mushroom soup. Use it as is in this recipe. Enjoy!
This recipe is amazing! I made it for my family Easter dinner and everyone enjoyed them so much. I would like to know if anyone has a carb count per serving (or even better, carbs per ounce so we can go by weight)??
Hi, Kathryn! Emma here, managing editor. So glad you liked the recipe! For the carb count, I’d recommend using an online nutritional calculator like this one. Thanks!
These potatoes will have you have lurking outside of funeral homes hoping for a Wake. This recipe is a little fussier than a can of Campbell’s and a bag of Ore Ida, but totally worth the effort. As Summer states, prep ahead of time and you’ll be fine. Use your giant Tupperware bowl for mixing–the one we all use for Chex mix – this batch makes a lot. My 8×8 pan was at capacity. Make them for dinner, and warm them up with a side of eggs the next morning. Or add cubed ham and call it a meal. If you don’t have panko, go to the store and buy some. Cornflakes should only be used for cornflake Christmas Wreaths and nothing else.
Hi, Sherri! I’m so glad you liked them, and they were worth the extra effort!
I add a 7 oz. can of green chilis and a large can of shredded white chicken to mine.
Yum! That sounds delicious!
Thanks for including the weight for the potatoes! We are empty nesters far from family, and I think I will cut this in half and bake in a small loaf pan. Now I won’t have to wait for company to come to serve these. I’ve never gone to the trouble of shredding the potatoes after they are cooked, just slice them and otherwise follow the recipe as written. Thanks again. Make these for Easter as a surprise for my better half. Love your site. Sharon
Hi, Sharon! Happy to help! I hope you have a great Easter.
AKA `Cottage Pie` in the UK .
Hi, Jim! That’s a variation of the name I hadn’t heard before. Thank you for sharing!
I love your unique idea for funeral potatoes. It’s just that I’m a little conscious about my weight and try to keep my calorie consumption to a minimum. I’m a little worried about the amount of cheddar cheese that you have added. I think I’ll put 1 to 1.5 cups. I know it wouldn’t taste as good as yours but enough to make me happy.
Hi, Tara! Thank you! Funeral Potatoes are pretty adaptable. I think they will still taste great with 1 1/2 cups of cheese. Let us know how it goes!
We always called them “Dead Spread” taters.
Hi, William! Thanks for sharing!