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