RECIPE: Putting the “FUN” in Funeral Potatoes

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Anyone who has ever attended one will agree: funerals usually aren’t a lot of fun.

Many funerals involve food. Some Mormon funerals involve a very specific, (locally) well known dish called “Funeral Potatoes.”

Potato Heart Mutation“Funeral potatoes” is a common name for a wide variety of dishes, usually some type of potato and cheese casserole, which is commonly served by members of the Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, aka “The Mormons” (an auxiliary to the priesthood specific for women as they are not allowed to hold the priesthood) as part of the meal they prepare for grieving families to eat after their loved one’s funeral, or for any other large gathering.

The dish is prominent in the predominantly Mormon-populated areas of Utah and Idaho, where it may have originated. The recipe is designed for the average Mormon housewife to make up, in a jiffy, with whatever she happens to have on hand; the recipe was actually taught in Utah public High School home economics courses (at least during this writer’s day). This is the type of recipe that is passed on, from grandmother, to mother, to daughter…even sister wives. Anyone familiar with the Utah culinary scene has either eaten or made fun of these and by introducing a very well medicated version, perhaps a little fun can be brought in to the wide world of the Funeral Potatoes.

The recipe for Funeral potatoes may vary from cook to cook, family to family and region to region, but generally it consists of shredded or cubed potatoes, cheese, onions, a cream soup, and sour cream. It is often topped with crushed cornflakes or breadcrumbs.

By caramelizing onions in cannabis infused oil (coconut, canola or vegetable) or an infused butter, these tasty dishes can be made with strain specific medication and infused with as much cannabis as desired.

Here’s one simple family recipe (which is good medicated or not):


  • 1 package frozen (32 ounces) shredded potatoes or cubed russet or other types of potatoes
  • 1 can (10 ¾ ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 16 ounces sour cream
  • 12 ounces grated cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup chopped onions, caramelized
  • ½ cup cannabis infused melted butter or margarine
  • salt and pepper, garlic to taste


  • ¾ cup crushed cornflakes or breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoon cannabis infused melted butter or margarine

Start by adding some infused oil to a medium high saute pain. Add up to a tablespoon of fresh, chopped garlic (many Mormon recipes skip this important step!) with a touch of salt and pepper for 2-3 minutes. Add onions and caramelize slowly, up to 20 minutes, until brown and tender.

Mix soup, sour cream, cheese together, then add the onion mixture, incorporating well.

Pour into buttered or sprayed baking dish (9×13 inch), top with breadcrumb or cornflake mixture and bake at 350 degrees F until it begins to bubble. Reduce heat to 275 degrees and bake one hour or until it is no longer soupy.


A crockpot recipe is a must have in any busy home, especially one that produces its own cannabis infused oil or butter. This recipe is adapted from LDS Living’s recent article “10 Funeral Potatoes Recipes to Die For”. Instructions for this recipe are also very simple.


  • 1 can of Cream of Celery Soup
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • ¼ cup of caramelized onion
  • ¼ cup cannabis infused butter or oil
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 package frozen (32 ounces) shredded potatoes or cubed russet or other types of potatoes
  • 2 cups (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese

Caramelize onions in infused butter or oil, at least 15 minutes, to ensure they are brown and tender, with the garlic. Next, combine the soup, sour cream, cream cheese, medicated butter or oil and salt, mixing well. Carefully add the caramelized onions, potatoes and cheese. Spray the inside of the crockpot or liner, then spoon the mixture inside. Cover and cook on lot for 8-10 hours or on high for 5-6 hours, until the potatoes are tender.

These recipes provide a quick and easy method of feeding a lot of people for very little money and can be converted to quickly to medicated versions, so there is no reason not to try one today and put the FUN back into the FUNeral potato!