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.
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.
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.
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.
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 8x8 or 9x9-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.
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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Recipe Card with Ingredient Amounts and Instructions
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 small white onion, diced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 26 ounces frozen shredded hash browns
- 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- ¾ cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- First, set your instant pot to saute and add the unsalted butter.2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 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.1 small white onion4 garlic cloves
- Now, turn off the you instant pot and add your seasonings, the salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.½ teaspoon kosher salt¼ teaspoon ground black pepper⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Then, pour in the chicken broth and give the bottom of the pot a quick scrape de-glaze the pan.1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- After that, place the steamer basket into the instant pot and pour in the frozen hash browns.26 ounces frozen shredded hash browns
- 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.
- Afterwards, pour the hash browns into the instant pot with onions, garlic, and chicken stock.
- Add the sour cream and cheese to the hash brown mixture and stir everything together.¾ cup sour cream8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
- Last, transfer the funeral potatoes to an 8-inch baking or casserole dish and set it aside.
Topping and Serve
- First, preheat your oven to the Broil setting.
- Next, melt the butter and mix it with breadcrumbs.2 tablespoons unsalted butter1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 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.