Crockpot Funeral Potatoes: I’ll Show You The Easy & Best Way

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Crockpot funeral potatoes are a great cheesy potato dish made in your slow cooker. Plus, keep it traditional with the crispy corn flake topping!

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When short on time there is nothing better than a slow cooker dish.

Crockpot funeral potatoes are known by many names* but I am most familiar with hash brown casserole.

No, you do not have to attend a funeral to get this dish but it’s so easy to make and works great for a potluck dish like when serving big crowds. This is where one of its names comes from.

But, crockpot funeral potatoes are a creamy, cheesy dish with buttery, crunchy corn flakes on top. The prep work for the corn flakes is a bit different but no issues. I’ll show you how, keep reading.

How To Make Crockpot Funeral Potatoes

You may have these ingredients around the house already

  • Frozen hash browns (cubed or shredded)
  • Cream of chicken
  • Sour cream
  • Sharp cheddar cheese
  • Corn flakes
  • Butter
  • Onion powder
  • Salt & black pepper
Crockpot funeral potatoes

Read these tips to avoid mistakes

  • You will need to stir the crockpot funeral potatoes for even cooking. If not some parts will not cook and others will be done and turn out mushy.
  • When you are done cooking and place the slow cooker funeral potatoes on warm, do not put the lid on after you add the corn flakes. The steam with make them soggy and then you will not have a crispy topping anymore. It’s best not to add the cornflakes until you’re ready to serve.

Making the crockpot funeral potatoes

  1. First, turn the crockpot on high for 4 hour and add in the cream of mushroom, sour cream, salt and black pepper. Mix everything then add in the frozen hash browns.
  2. After adding in the hash browns, add in shredded cheese and mix everything together. Then, put the lid on and allow it to cook 1.5 hours.
  3. Now, at after and hour and a half give everything a good stir. Everything will still be pretty cold but that is fine.
  4. Around the 3 hour mark give the funeral potatoes another stir. They should be ready to turn off at this point. Test a potatoes or two and make sure they are cooked through. You can easily see the cheese has melted. Turn the crockpot to warm then make the corn flake topping.
Crockpot funeral potatoes before cooking

How to still get a crispy corn flake topping

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Now, in a small bowl melt a stick of butter. In a large ziplock bag or a storage bowl with a lid, add the butter with the corn flakes and give it a shake until all the corn flakes are covered.
  3. Line a baking sheet then bake the corn flakes for 6 minutes. After 6 minutes, stir the corn flakes around. Now, bake another 6 minutes and they will be golden brown and crispy. Note, after the first 6 minutes stay close to the oven because they may not need a full 6 minutes. You don’t want to burn your corn flakes.
  4. When finished, remove the lid from the crockpot before serving and pour the buttery corn flakes across the top for serving. Do not add the lid back on after you add the corn flakes.
Crockpot funeral potatoes corn flake topping baked

Is there anything special for storing or reheating

Sadly, the crispy corn flake topping will become soggy when you place the crockpot funeral potatoes in the refrigerator. These slow cooker funeral potatoes can last 4 days in an airtight sealed container. I would not recommend freezing the recipe due to the diary. Dairy doesn’t thaw well and you can get separation.

Reheating the recipe is simple. If you transfer everything to a pan you can reheat it in the oven or quickly the microwave for a few minutes.

Crockpot funeral potatoes

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long does it take for potatoes to get soft in crockpot on high?

Potatoes are really easy to make in the crockpot. On high, this recipe will take 3 hours to cook from frozen. No need to thaw the hash browns first.

Can I use fresh potatoes instead of frozen?

Yes, you can! Diced some russet potatoes or shred them like when you make hash browns. They will both do well in the crockpot. Frozen are used because they are just easier to get in your hands and cook.

Why are funeral potatoes called funeral potatoes?

This isn’t the only name they are known by. Funeral potatoes are also called hash brown casserole which is more widely known. Funeral potatoes* got their name from them being served at large gatherings because they were tasty and easy to put together. Somehow the funeral part stuck in our minds of all the gatherings we have but hey, I’m human too.

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Crockpot funeral potatoes

Crockpot Funeral Potatoes

Crockpot funeral potatoes are a great cheesy potato dish made in your slow cooker. Plus, keep it traditional with the crispy corn flake topping!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 serving

Equipment

  • Crockpot

Ingredients
 

  • 32 ounce bag of frozen hash brown (diced or shredded)
  • 10 ounce can of cream of chicken
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoon salt (salt to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Topping

  • 2 cup corn flakes
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Instructions
 

  • First, turn the crockpot on high for 4 hour and add in the cream of mushroom, sour cream, salt and black pepper. Mix everything well then add in the frozen hash browns.
  • After adding in the hash browns, add in shredded cheese and mix everything together. Then, put the lid on and allow it to cook 1.5 hours.
  • Now, at after and hour and a half give everything a good stir. Everything will still be pretty cold but that is fine.
  • Around the 3 hour mark give the funeral potatoes another stir. They should be ready to turn off at this point. Test a potatoes or two and make sure they are cooked through. You can easily see the cheese has melted. Turn the crockpot to warm then make the corn flake topping, salt to taste.

Topping

  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Now, in a small bowl melt a stick of butter. In a large ziplock bag or a storage bowl with a lid, add the butter with the corn flakes and give it a shake until all the corn flakes are covered.
  • Line a baking sheet then bake the corn flakes for 6 minutes. After 6 minutes, stir the corn flakes around. Now, bake another 6 minutes and they will be golden brown and crispy. Note, after the first 6 minutes stay close to the oven because they may not need a full 6 minutes. You don't want to burn your corn flakes.
  • When finished, remove the lid from the crockpot before serving and pour the buttery corn flakes across the top for serving. Do not add the lid back on after you add the corn flakes.
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2 thoughts on “Crockpot Funeral Potatoes: I’ll Show You The Easy & Best Way”

  1. Yes, I don’t think you’ll need to double the cornflakes since it’s a topping but I will leave that up to you.

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