Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Funeral Potatoes

We called these "Yellow Potatoes" at our house growing up. My husband's family called them "Sunny Potatoes." I've mostly heard them referred to as "Funeral Potatoes." Every time there is a funeral at the church, the lunch afterward consists of ham, these potatoes, green beans, and rolls. I don't know where that started, but it is so. When did all the ladies learn to make this dish? Is it one of those things like roast chicken that grandmas just think everyone knows how to make?

(A word of warning: You will want to eat more of these than you should. After your first helping, sit back a moment, talk to the people around you, reflect on the meaning of life. If you dive into the second helping without doing that, you will feel like you've eaten a pound of concrete approximately 10 minutes after consuming the second helping.)

3 lbs. potatoes (I used Yukon Gold because I have 50 lbs. of Yukon Gold potatoes)

1 can cream of chicken soup

1/4 c. melted margarine

2 green onion, diced

1 soup can milk (I used more than that... and also 1/4 cup cream)

1 c. grated cheddar cheese (plus more to sprinkle on top)

1 pint sour cream

Boil potatoes and let cool.

In a medium sauce pan melt margarine. Add cream of chicken soup and milk (and cream, if you're cool like me). Heat on medium until combined, then add one cup of cheese. Stir until cheese is melted, then add sour cream and chopped green onions. Stir constantly until the mixture is warm and smooth. Do not let it boil. Big mistake, letting it boil.

Grate potatoes into a 9x13-inch casserole dish. Or have a big strong man do it.

Pour cheese sauce over grated potatoes, but don't mix.

Bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven, covered. Take tin foil off, sprinkle with cheese, and cook for another 20 to 30 minutes.

There is no picture of the final product because we took it (two pans full) to a family party where it was eaten. Every single bite. And we weren't even the only ones who brought this dish!


melissa said...

You can shed years off your life by using frozen hash browns instead of boiling, peeling, and shredding them. I'm just saying.

allyn said...

you put the green things in? i have never actually done that, even though i am over my green thing aversion. i am definitely having flashbacks to the good ole' days. mmmm...

Nicole said...

Yes, frozen hash browns. I can't make myself do it, but you go right ahead. (I like to do things the hard way.)