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Aug 6, 2007 11:08 PM

mormon funeral potatoes

a good friend is cooking for me tomorrow at my house, and he said he'd make his childhood fav - mormon funeral potatoes. i hear they contain cornflakes.

should i be scared? :)

and more importantly, will it go with the wild ahi tuna steaks i'll be grilling? :D

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  1. Please DO report back - i am fascinated and curious.

    Some of the best comfort food recipes I know are chuch potluck food, Pennsylvania-Dutch family style favorites, Eastern European family recipes, Amish recipes, farm/ranch favorites, etc. so I feel Mormon Funeral Potatoes must be in that same category!

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    1. re: HomeCookKirsten

      hi hck :)

      i'm sure hoping so. i think its the inclusion of the word 'funeral' in the name of the dish that kind of threw me at first. i'll let you know how they were!!!

    2. It's shredded potatoes mixed with cream of chicken soup, sour cream, and cheese, topped with crumbled cornflakes and baked. It's darn near a universal side dish, just don't go too crazy with anything topping the ahi and you'll be fine.

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      1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

        lol - so they're low fat then? :D

        have you had them? how were they??

        1. re: winedubar

          As you might be able to guess from my name, I've had them plenty of times. I love them for the comfort food that they are, but as you can probably surmise from the ingredients, they aren't the most refined tasting of foods. Enjoy!

        2. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

          I got this recipe from relatives in Ohio- only it also includes a stick of melted butter.Always a crowd pleaser. Good with ham and broccoli added- then you can try to pretend it is good for you!! We make them when we go the our beach vacations- there are 20+ people, and it is an easy to make dish for a crowd.

        3. You can get the recipe on They are suprisingly good, although I usually omit the cornflakes. I don't know how well they'd go with grilled ahi. More like grandma's comfort food.

          1. In Minnesota, that's "hashbrown hotdish", but I digress. They're actually pretty good and the cornflakes add a very nice crunchiness. I'm not sure if it's good with wild ahi tuna steaks, though. I picture it with ham or fried chicken or meatloaf. Something more "homey" than "gourmet". Just the thought of these potatoes takes me way back, though. Yum.

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            1. re: tara17

              i am from mn and never heard of them-- just had them for the first time a month ago-- in wisconsin, prepared by a woman from kansas city, who called them "texas potatoes." totally vile, but surprisingly comforting and very homey. i wouldn't pair them with ahi either. fried walleye maybe, or yeah, meatloaf!

              1. re: tara17

                Well in Southern Minnesota, they're called "party potatoes" ; )

                1. re: chrisinroch

                  Has anyone given an actual recipe yet? I would kind of like to make this thing for some night when I'm alone and tubbie hubbie is at a meeting and I've got a good movie to watch while stuffing my face with sour creamy potato-y Mormon goodness. Or should I just go to the Ore-Ida website?

              2. Hmm never heard them called that! We make them for Christmas and Easter and serve with ham. We don't make ours from hashbrowns, my mom uses fresh potatoes, sour cream, cheddar cheese and green onion. Tops them with crushed cornflakes and butter. They are great as they can be made ahead of time or frozen for later use.