It’s All About The Sides: My Favorite Thanksgiving Potatoes Recipe

Between my husband and I, we have quite a few holiday meals to attend. My side of the family can have up to three get-togethers, and his side of the family usually has two. I typically look forward to my favorite side dishes at each gathering.

My hands-down favorite side dish I have looked forward to eating every year since I was a little girl is funeral potatoes. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

(Side note – have you ever heard of them? Or used that name? A Quick Google search showed me I’m not alone: They are what their name suggests. Widely associated with funerals, funeral potatoes are a potato-based dish in casserole form—the ultimate comfort food—that is usually served hot at potlucks. It’s a widespread tradition to serve them at gatherings held after funerals, hence the name. They’re easy to prepare, they travel well, and they feed a crowd, so they’re ideal to make for this occasion.)


  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 1 32-ounce bag frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • salt and black pepper & Kenny’s original seasoning
  • 2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
  • 2 cups crushed corn flakes
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Set out hash browns
  • Grease 9×13 baking dish
  • In a deep nonstick skillet heat to medium heat and melt butter
  • Add onions and cook until softened
  • Add flour and stir in until it is cooked out and no longer raw
  • Whisk in milk and broth until there are no more lumps
  • Simmer and let the mixture thicken
  • Season to taste
  • Turn off the heat
  • Stir in the sour cream and cheese
  • Place hash browns and mixture in the baking dish
  • In a new skillet melt remaining butter
  • Crush corn flakes (I do it in a ziplock)
  • Add Parmesan and shake up the bag
  • Place cornflake and parmesan in the skillet to coat with butter
  • Top the baking dish with cornflake mixture
  • Bake until golden brown & bubbling

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