Have you heard of Funeral Potatoes? I hadn’t either until I joined the LDS church. Basically, it’s a big potato casserole – that is a staple at every single event. If you didn’t grow up in the church, when you join, you will be introduced to Funeral Potatoes.
They are a sort of bland version of potatoes covered in butter, cheese and a cream of chicken soup. 🙂
I had an event before Christmas – and I was given the task to bring the Funeral Potatoes. So, I sought out recipes that would be lighter and more healthy. My inspiration came from Happy Being Healthy.
- Boil and shred 2 lbs potatoes (or you can use 1-2 lb. bag of frozen hash browns – thawed)
- 2 TBSP butter
- Cream of chicken soup substitute (see below)
- 1 8 oz container of low-fat sour cream
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (low-fat is fine if you want).
- 1 tsp Himalayan salt
- 1 dash pepper
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
- In a saucepan melt the butter using low-medium heat. Add onions and saute 3-5 minutes.
- Add potatoes, homemade soup, and sour cream. Mix well.
- Mix in cheese, salt and pepper.
- Spray a 9X13 dish.
- Spoon potato mixture into dish.
- Baked covered for 40 minutes in preheated oven.
Healthy Cream of Chicken Soup Recipe
1 recipe = 1-10 oz can of chicken soup.
- 3 TBSP of whole wheat flour
- 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
- Dash of pepper
- 1 TBSP butter
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 3/4 cup milk (Skim milk has been shown to raise blood sugar, plus it’s nasty – so I use 2% – whole milk for this recipe) You can also use soy, almond or whatever you prefer. Plus, healthy animal fat is a good thing :).
- Mix flour, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
- Melt the butter under low-medium heat
- Whisk the flour into the butter mixture, making sure that there are no clumps.
- Slowly dd the chicken broth. Make sure to whisk so that it’s not lumpy. To prevent lumps – do not add the broth too fast.
- Slowly add the milk and heat until thickened.
They turned out well – a little bland – but not any more or less bland than any other Funeral Potatoes that I have tasted. 🙂 I didn’t tell them that they were a healthier version. The group seemed to like them. I got compliments and all of the potatoes were eaten.
They are also a very good option for a family meal, because they are easy to make in bulk, store very well – and are great when heated up. I think my kids ate half of them :).
The only thing I would change if I were making these for my family – would be to add “taste”. Peppers would be a good way to spice these up. Also, turkey bacon crumbled would be excellent! I would also like to try a mixture of feta and cheddar.
Have you tried Funeral Potatoes? How do you like them?