Easy cheesy potato casserole, also called party potatoes or funeral potatoes, is a perfect potato side dish that feeds a hungry crowd. The savory hash brown potatoes (which make for easy casserole prep) topped with crunchy potato chips is an old fashioned family favorite side dish.
How to make Cheesy Potato Casserole AKA Funeral Potatoes
Grease a 9x13 baking pan and preheat oven to 350.
Add butter and diced onion to a large stock pot and heat over medium heat.
Cooked butter and onions together until diced onions are soft and translucent.
Add all purpose flour and cook for 1 minute more.
Whisk in chicken broth, half and half, salt, thyme and pepper. Combine all ingredients well.
Continue to heat stock pot over medium high heat and whisk constantly until mixture begins to bubble and boil.
Reduce heat to low and simmer for 4 minutes as it thickens.
Remove pan from heat and stir in 8 oz. shredded cheese until all cheese is melted.
Add frozen hash brown potatoes and heat over medium heat until hash browns are completely thawed, about 10 additional minutes.
Pour cheesy hash brown potatoes into casserole dish and spread evenly.
Sprinkle top with crushed potato chips.
Heat funeral potatoes for 45-50 minutes.
Let dish stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Can funeral potatoes be made ahead of time? All recipes are different so do not assume due to the name this advice works for every recipe. In this case, this recipe can be prepped ahead of time MINUS adding the chip topping. Simply prep, add foil and put in fridge up to one day prior to baking. Add crunchy chips right before putting in oven. Its always best to bring dish up to room temp to take the chill off about 15-25 minutes on the counter prior to baking or you may need to increase oven baking time (just check for doneness at the 50 minute mark and adjust as needed). How long do funeral potatoes keep? This recipe should be able to be reheated and enjoyed for 3 days. What are other toppings can be used? Any type of potato chips, corn flakes (without sugar), rice crispy cereal (without sugar), bread crumbs and panko crumbs are all often used to top funeral potatoes.