A serving of funeral potatoes
A casserole of funeral potatoes
Funeral potatoes are a traditional Mormon potato hotdish, or casserole, that originated in the U.S. state of Utah. Funeral potatoes get their name from commonly being served as a side dish during traditional after-funeral dinners, such as those planned by members of Relief Society (an LDS auxiliary organization). Funeral potatoes are also served at other social gatherings, such as potlucks and communal meals, typically in areas with a significant Latter-day Saint population, such as Utah.
The dish usually consists of hash browns or cubed potatoes, cheese (cheddar or Parmesan), onions, cream soup (chicken, mushroom, or celery) or a cream sauce, sour cream, and is topped with butter and corn flakes or crushed potato chips. Ingredients in other variations include cubed baked ham, frozen peas, or broccoli florets.
During the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, one of the souvenir "food pins" featured a depiction of funeral potatoes.
- ^ Ravitz, Jessica (February 5, 2012). "Crossing the plains and kicking up dirt, a new Mormon pioneer". CNN Belief Blog. CNN.com. http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/05/crossing-the-plains-and-kicking-up-dirt-a-new-mormon-pioneer/. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
- ^ Prues, Don; Heffron, Jack (2003). Writer's Guide to Places. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books. p. 325. ISBN 978-1-58297-169-8.
- ^ Smith, Jenny (September 17, 2008). "LDS Funeral and Meal Planning". Relief Society Meeting Ideas & Leadership Tips » Welfare. mormonshare.com. http://www.mormonshare.com/relief-society/funeral-and-meal-planning.php. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
- ^ "Funeral foods should feature spuds, please". Deseret News. January 11, 2009. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,705276685,00.html.
- ^ Schechter, Harold (2009). The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End. Random House, Inc. p. 131. ISBN 0-345-49964-6.
- ^ Thursby, Jacqueline S. (2006). Funeral Festivals in America: rituals for the living. University Press of Kentucky. p. 81. ISBN 0-8131-2380-1.
- ^ Phillips, Valerie (February 6, 2002). "There's green Jell-O on your lapel...". Deseret News. Archived from the original on 2003-10-06. http://web.archive.org/web/20031006033040/http://deseretnews.com/oly/view/0,3949,70000029,00.html.