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Instant Pot Funeral Potatoes

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Looking for a simple side dish? Then check out our instant pot funeral potatoes. They combine everyone’s two favorite ingredients, potatoes and cheese!

Okay, let me start off by saying I had no idea this hash brown casserole had anything to do with funerals. It wasn’t until Kim and I were looking for a name for this posting that we discovered that funeral potatoes are the name of potato dishes served at, well, funerals.

Once we noticed the search results, it seemed like the right term to use, so here we are. With that being, said, I still feel like our recipe is basically a hash brown casserole; however, for the sake of SEO, we’ll just call them funeral potatoes.

Now, I know funeral potatoes are usually topped with corn flakes or potato chips. However, we don’t like either of those as a topping, so we used bread crumbs.

When I get to the topping instructions, feel free to use whatever you want to mix with the butter. We totally understand that the name “funeral potatoes” may be a turnoff.

If that’s the case, maybe you’ll like our Instant Pot Penne with Vodka Sauce recipe, Instant Pot Supreme Pizza Pasta, or Instant Pot Corn Chowder with Bacon instead. Now let’s get started.

The funeral potatoes, topped with toasted breadcrumbs, in white serving dish.

How to Make Instant Pot Funeral Potatoes:

For this recipe you will need an instant pot and a steamer basket, so please make sure you have both of these kitchen tools before making the dish. We have an affiliate link for the steamer basket below, just above the recipe card.

Funeral Potatoes:

First, set your instant pot to saute and add the unsalted butter. If you don’t have an Instant Pot branded device then use whatever setting allows you to saute inside your pressure cooker.

Next, add the onions and cook them until they are soft. It usually only takes about 2-3 minutes.

Go ahead and add the garlic and let everything sauté for another 30 seconds. Don’t let the garlic over cook or it will become bitter.

The funeral potatoes ingredients, like onions, butter, and hash browns, in white ramekins.

Now, turn off the instant pot and add all of your seasonings, the salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.  

Then, pour in the chicken broth and give the bottom of the pot a quick scrape to de-glaze the pan. If nothing stuck to the bottom, that’s okay, go ahead and give all the ingredients a quick stir before moving on to the next step.

After that, place the steamer basket into the instant pot and pour in the frozen hash browns. The steamer basket should be setting above the liquid. 

Put the lid on, seal the cooker, and set it on Manual/Pressure cook for one minute. Once the dish is done do a quick release.

A top-down shot of the hash browns in the steamer basket inside the instant pot.

After the pressure has fully released, pour the hash browns into the instant pot with the onions, garlic, and chicken stock. Slowly stir the sour cream and cheese into the hash brown mixture. 

Last, transfer the funeral potatoes into an 8-inch baking or casserole dish and set it aside. If you don’t have an 8-inch dish, then use 8×8 or 9×9-inch baking dish. Everything should fit just fine.

Topping and Serve:

First, preheat your oven on the Broil setting. You only need to brown the topping, so the baking dish won’t be in the oven for long.

An aerial photo of the funeral potatoes, in a white dish, ready to be served.

Next, melt the butter and mix it with bread crumbs. Try using a fork or even your fingers to properly combine the butter and bread crumbs.

Last, sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the funeral potatoes and then bake them in the oven for 2-3 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. If your oven doesn’t cook evenly you may need to rotate the dish as it browns.

Just make sure not to leave it unattended at this point because the topping can easily burn. Serve as a side dish or just eat them as a meal.

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An aerial photo of the funeral potatoes, in a white dish, ready to be served.

Instant Pot Funeral Potatoes

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Coming to Pressure: 15 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

Looking for a simple side dish? Then check out our instant pot funeral potatoes. They combine everyone's two favorite ingredients, potatoes and cheese!

Ingredients

Funeral Potatoes

  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Small White Onion, (chopped)
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, (minced)
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
  • 26 Ounces Hash Browns, (1 large bag, shredded, frozen)
  • 8 Ounces Cheddar Cheese, (shredded)
  • 3/4 Cup Sour Cream

Topping

  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, (melted)
  • 1 Cup Bread Crumbs, (panko)

Instructions

Funeral Potatoes

  1. First, set your instant pot to saute and add the unsalted butter.
  2. Next, add the onions and cook them until they are soft (about 2-3 minutes) and then add the garlic and let everything saute for another 30 seconds.
  3. Now, turn off the you instant pot and add your seasonings, the salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. 
  4. Then, pour in the chicken broth and give the bottom of the pot a quick scrape de-glaze the pan.
  5. After that, place the steamer basket into the instant pot and pour in the frozen hash browns.
  6. Put the lid on, seal the cooker and set it on Manual/Pressure cook for one minute. Once the dish is done do a quick release.
  7. Afterwards, pour the hash browns into the instant pot with onions, garlic, and chicken stock.
  8. Add the sour cream and cheese to the hash brown mixture and stir everything together.
  9. Last, transfer the funeral potatoes to an 8-inch baking or casserole dish and set it aside.

Topping and Serve

  1. First, preheat your oven to the Broil setting.
  2. Next, melt the butter and mix it with bread crumbs.
  3. Last, sprinkle the bread crumbs over the funeral potatoes and bake them in the oven for 2-3 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. Serve as a side dish or just eat them as a meal.

Notes

*The calories listed are based on the ingredients and approximately 1/2 cup serving size. Actual calories will vary. The funeral potatoes can be stored in your fridge for up to 3-days in a sealed container.

*For a lower sodium option, try low sodium or sodium free chicken broth.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 0.5 Cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 340Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 459mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 11g

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Vanessa

Tuesday 10th of December 2019

I don’t have a steamer basket but I’m going to try to just cook the hash browns in the instant pot pot and see how that turns out. This looks delicious though. Making it tonight

John

Wednesday 11th of December 2019

Good Morning Vanessa, thank you for coming back to comment on and rate the recipe card! Kim and I hope the dish turned out well for you. Have a lovely day :)

James S

Thursday 3rd of January 2019

These types of recipes were traditonally known as Mormon Funeral Potatoes. The more modern term is Party Potatoes. Itwas a faster method of making a cheesy scalloped potato. with a more even cook. They were commonly brought to large gatherings, not just funerals, as this recipe can be doubled or tripled when baked in an oven and feed a small army. Mormon families have passed down similar recipes for generations.

These can be baked in an oven for anybody who does not have a steamer bucket, About an hour at 350. You may need to reduce the amount of liquid

We always add more cheese when its done cooking...lol

If you would like to try deep drying them, you can substitute the broth for boullion cubes, substitute sour cream for cream cheese, coat with bread crumbs/panko and chill 30 mins, Then Deep fry

John

Friday 4th of January 2019

Good morning James, that you for providing that information. It's really interesting to hear about the history behind a recipe. We've never tried deep frying, it sounds like a great way to change up formula. Thanks again for coming back to comment and rate the recipe. Have a great day :)

Sandy

Saturday 1st of September 2018

I do not have a steam basket.

What else could I use?

John

Sunday 2nd of September 2018

Good Morning Sandy, that's a great question. Unfortunately, we really don't have a good answer for you. There aren't many substitutes for a steam basket inside an Instant Pot, that we are aware of. My only recommendation would be to search in Google and see what you find. Because, we don't have any Instant Pot/pressure cooker alternatives that would be safe. Sorry we couldn't assist you more. Hopefully, you'll find an alternate kitchen tool or are able to purchase a steam basket in the future. Thank you again for coming by and leaving a comment. Have a lovely weekend :)

John

Monday 6th of August 2018

Thank you, Leslie! I know what you mean, the name is strange. However, if you look at the dish, it's pretty much hash brown casserole lol! Have a great day :)

Anne Murphy

Sunday 5th of August 2018

LOL I had heard of Funeral Potatoes, but it's not a New York Thing... I understood from friends, though, that it was the Comfort Food Dish to Pass that tended to turn up back at the house after the funeral in - some parts of the Midwest, maybe? Don't remember clearly... All that creamy cheesy potato goodness!

John

Monday 6th of August 2018

Thank you, Anne! I had never heard of them before Kim made this dish. It makes sense and I suspected something of the sorts. It's funny how a food is called one thing in one region of the country, while everywhere else, it's hash brown casserole lol! Have a great day :)

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