The Best Casserole Potatoes


Casserole Potatoes, Potato Casserole, Funeral Potatoes, Potato Junk…

Either way you say it, this right here is the BEST.

The Best Casserole Potatoes

It’s the best for a few reasons:

1. It’s easy to make.

2. The cheesy and tender potatoes are perfectly paired with a crunchy topping for the ultimate combination of textures.

3. Everyone loves it.

4. It’s an old family recipe on my husband’s side that even my grandma tasted and asked for the recipe. So you know it’s that good.

The Best Casserole Potatoes

Over 10 years ago I married into a beautiful family full of homemakers and just overall crafty people. My mother-in-law is the quintessential of all mothers- She raised 8 children on a very modest budget, she made home cooked dinners each night for her large family and you better believe they were good.

Naturally, my husband expected these things out of his new wife… gulp.

First of all – no way in heck am I having 8 children. I settled on 4, still a stretch for me, but on some days I look like I know what I’m doing.

Secondly- My cooking skills at the time of our nuptials consisted of macaroni and cheese (the boxed kind), and pizza (the frozen kind).

The Best Casserole Potatoes

Luckily, my mother-in-law equipped me with a recipe box full of my husband’s favorite recipes. Casserole Potatoes were on the top of his list.

I have made these casserole potatoes so many times over the past 10 years that I know it by heart. I have even made many variations of it.

The Best Casserole Potatoes

But what I’m sharing with you today is the original.



The BEST Casserole Potatoes recipe you will ever make.

The Best Casserole Potatoes

These potatoes are perfect for any meal, but we usually have them at family gatherings, holidays, birthdays, weddings, baptisms, funerals, Sundays, you get the idea.

The Best Casserole Potatoes

I know you’re going to love these potatoes as much as we do.

Who knows… maybe it’ll be a recipe that’s passed down in your family too!

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The Best Casserole Potatoes
Serves: serves 6 to 8
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 10oz can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 6 cups frozen shredded potatoes (I usually use a whole 26oz-28oz bag)
  • ½ cup salted butter, melted
  • 3 cups lightly crushed corn flakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Saute the green onions in ¼ cup butter for about 3 minutes, until soft. Add the sour cream and soup and stir till combined and bubbly. Stir in the cheese until melted.
  3. Remove from heat and add the shredded potatoes, stir to coat completely.
  4. Pour into a lightly greased 9x13in casserole dish, set aside.
  5. Add the crushed corn flakes with the ½ cup melted butter and stir to coat. Spread on top of the potatoes in an even layer.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until center is hot and bubbly.
Notes from Shawn:
You can use freshly shredded potatoes in place of the frozen variety and reduce cooking time to 30 minutes.

If you want to freeze the casserole, do so before adding the corn flakes. Before baking add the topping and increase baking time till the center is hot and bubbly.


  1. Shawn you totally had me at potatoes! These look utterly fantastic!

  2. I wasn’t expecting to read this recipe and see some version of a million other recipes. Wrong! Wow this one is totally different. And easy. Breakfast for some reason possibly is my most favorite meal. Not sure why.
    But I like the fact this one is make ahead, so you can concentrate on the eggs or sit around and drink coffee! Right, like women and/or cooks do much of that. Smiles—-

  3. Those crispy cornflakes are what really make this casserole amazing! I remember my mom making this almost every Sunday. :)

  4. Marcee ... ILLINOIS says:

    Yikes. Terribly high in calories + sodium. I’ve never purchased frozen potatoes. Cannot even remember if I’ve tasted tater-tots. Usually, frozen items are loaded with salt, fat and all sorts of other junk. To taste (if someone else prepared!) would be okay. I’d never make this dish. On the other hand, give me a bowl of corn flakes! I’m happy.

    • Well, I’m glad I don’t live at your house then.

      • Best answer ever! Shawn, I have tried several of your recipes already and they all were a huge success with my family. I am making this one tonight and I am absolutely excited and sure it’s going to be just as good as the others :)
        Thank you for sharing this recipe with us!

    • This recipe is so easily adaptable Marcee is really missing out. I used fresh shredded potatoes and low fat sour cream and fat free soup. It was awesome. Thanks for sharing we love it!

  5. So are these the widely spoken about funeral potatoes? I am LDS, but did not grow up LDS and have heard (for 29 yrs) about funeral potatoes, but never had them. Apparently, funeral potatoes and those little cheesecake cherry tarts were relied upon so much that people no longer make them for church functions. I have had the cheesecake tarts (only once at a 50’s themed ward party); when I asked for the recipe the whole kitchen laughed. Never did get that recipe. maybe you can help.

    • Haha!! Yes, these would be considered Funeral Potatoes. I think they’re just a common dish that’s taken to funerals, so they acquired the name over the years. As for the Cherry Cheesecakes… I actually attended a Stake Relief Society function when we were first married, and it was a BIG recipe exchange. Everyone made their favorite easy dish, brought the recipe and then the Presidency printed up cute little books of recipes. I still have mine, and you can see it in the picture above of my recipe box (it’s the group of yellow/orange cards)!! Anyways- the famous Cherry Cheesecakes are in there (a few times), so I should probably share that recipe too. They’re crazy simple, so that’s probably why those people giggled when you asked. I’ll share it on here soon!

  6. i made these today, delish! thanks so much for sharing!

  7. What are shredded potatoes? Sorry, I’m french speaking,

  8. would lke to make it, but don.t know what are shredded potatoes,

  9. This looks great. I’m going to add some browned ground beef to the casserole and pair with a salad for supper tonight.

  10. Several in my family don’t care for the crunch of onions in this casserole so a few years ago I started substituting french onion dip for the sour cream and not using the raw onions. You still get the flavor and everyone seems to like it better. This was not my original idea, I read it someplace else, but it works for my family.

  11. I love to cut up kielbasa sausage & put in mine. And we use Frosted Flakes Cereal.

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