Easy Special Potatoes Recipe

May 18, 2014 10 Comments | Disclosure

My Favorite Cheesy Potatoes

This potato dish goes by several names: funeral potatoes, cheesy potatoes, special potatoes, etc. Some of you have already shared some different names in the comments. :) There are also a lot of different versions of this recipe. This one is a classic version for my family. It tastes so good and is so easy to make, I just keep coming back to it.

my favorite cheesy potatoes

Anytime we have ham, I feel like we HAVE to have Special Potatoes too! We like to have ham around Christmas and Easter. After making these recently though, I was thinking that these are too good and easy to have only once or twice a year. What if you served these cheesy potatoes with other types of pork and meat? Cheesy potatoes with grilled ribs or steak. Yum. Unfortunately, Special Potatoes are not the most healthy potato dish, so don’t go wild and serve them all the time. ;)

special potatoes ingredients

Cheesy potatoes are really good with a crushed corn flake topping, but I love the substitution of potato chips. My family just doesn’t eat corn flakes, so I have a hard time using up the rest of the cereal. Potato chips, however…well, those disappear quickly. ;) When you use the chips on top, you don’t need to add more melted butter or anything. Super tasty and even easier!

easy special cheesy potatoes

Just dump all of the filling ingredients into a big bowl and stir to combine. So easy. I use one of my largest mixing bowls and it is barely big enough, but somehow I manage to mix the filling together without making too big of a mess. Then pour it into the baking dish and top with the cheese and chips. Bake and done.

Some of the funeral potato recipes end up too runny in my opinion or with an overpowering flavor of some sort. To me, this recipe has just the right consistency (full and thick) and a wonderful combination of flavors.

perfect special potatoes filling

These potatoes are perfect for special occasions, served with ham, and/or for a feeding a large crowd. Here’s the way that I like to make Special Potatoes…

Special Potatoes Recipe

Rating: 51

Special Potatoes Recipe

Ingredients

    Filling:
  • 3 pounds frozen cubed potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup (or cream of mushroom)
  • 1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 16 ounces sour cream (about 2 cups)
  • salt and pepper
  • Topping:
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed original potato chips
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a very large bowl, mix together the filling ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour filling into a 9x13 baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle the top with cheese and corn flakes, then drizzle the melted butter evenly over all.
  4. Bake for about 50-60 minutes, until the top is golden, the filling is bubbling, and it is warmed throughout. (If you use frozen shredded hash browns instead of the cubed, you can decrease the baking time by about 20 minutes.)

Notes

I like to sub crushed original potato chips for the corn flakes. But you can use 1 1/2 cups crushed corn flakes over the cheese topping. Then drizzle 1/4-1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted) to top it all off.

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This recipe is slightly adapted from a recipe shared by my cousin in my family cookbook. Thanks, Jessica, for the awesome idea of using potato chips on top. Yum!

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Check out the FabuLESS Freezer Cooking: Funeral Potatoes recipe for a slightly different variation!

Comments

  1. I have also heard them called Heart Attack Potatoes. :-)

  2. I call them Holiday potatoes and save them for the big 3 holiday dinners. Easter, Thanksgiving n Christmas. Paula Dean has a great potato casserole recipe at http://www.food network.com search for Mashed Bake. It has dried garlic mashed potatoes in it to use up some of your Betty crocker dried mashed potatoes.

  3. My mother calls them “Better than Sex” Potatoes…you be the judge!

  4. I use Panko bread crumbs on top ( especially after the 3.00 Q), also use cream of chicken vs. cream of mushroom,

  5. We like them better using tater tots. My mom calls these “Sinful Potatoes” We’re having these for Christmas with our Maple Baked Pork Loin! Yummm!

  6. We have a similar version at our family gatherings. I’ve never tried it with Cream of Chicken soup before, might try that next time to see how the flavor changes! I use 1 can Cheddar Cheese Soup + 1 can Cream of Mushroom. Now you’ve got me hungry for some!

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