Funeral Potatoes

From Cook's Country | April​/May 2011
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Why this recipe works:

We pitted frozen hash browns against fresh potatoes and determined that the former made for less starchy, gloppy Funeral Potatoes. Frozen hash browns were also much easier to prepare. To speed up the cooking time for our hash browns, we thawed them right in our cheese sauce. Switching from… read more

We pitted frozen hash browns against fresh potatoes and determined that the former made for less starchy, gloppy Funeral Potatoes. Frozen hash browns were also much easier to prepare. To speed up the cooking time for our hash browns, we thawed them right in our cheese sauce. Switching from milk to half-and-half prevented the cheese from curdling, while replacing some of the half-and-half with chicken broth obviated the need for the cream of chicken soup that we found in many recipes we tasted.

Instead of using bland cornflakes for our crunchy topping, we enlisted sour-cream-and-onion potato chips.

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Serves 8 to 10

You'll need one 30-ounce bag of frozen shredded (not cubed) hash brown potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 onions, chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 cups sour-cream-and-onion potato chips, crushed

Instructions

  1. 1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook onion until softened, about 5 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, until golden, about 1 minute. Slowly whisk in broth, half-and-half, salt, thyme, and pepper and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Off heat, whisk in cheddar until smooth.

    2. Stir potatoes into sauce, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, over low heat until thawed, about 10 minutes. Off heat, stir in sour cream until combined.

    3. Scrape mixture into 13 by 9-inch baking dish and top with potato chips. Bake until golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes. Serve.

    MAKE AHEAD: Potato mixture can be refrigerated in baking dish, covered with aluminum foil, for 2 days. To finish, bake potatoes 20 minutes. Remove dish from oven and uncover. Top with potato chips and bake until golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes.

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