It all started when my mother kept telling me how much people liked the funeral cake she served at a recent dinner. The first time I let it pass. Then later I just had to ask about the morbid name and why this dish was called such a thing. She said she didn’t know and that the recipe came from a family friend.
While researching funeral cakes online, I came across several recipes for funeral potatoes. Funeral potatoes are a staple in some religions and served at (you guessed it) funerals. The reason is because there are few ingredients – all readily available – which go together quickly and result in the perfect comfort dish.
When I thought about writing a post on the topic of “my favorite hashbrown breakfast casserole” I realized it’s my own version of funeral potatoes. And I laughed as I remembered that the first time I tried this dish I was at a funeral (but wasn’t really laughing then.)
My tradition now is a much merrier and happier one. I make this dish the night before Christmas and bake it the following morning as a warm-up for the gift unwrapping. It is a simple dish, but once your house begins to fill with the scent of cheese and potatoes you will feel a little more festive and a whole lot hungrier.
So whatever your reason for celebrating this season – from the team at Yummly.com – Happy holidays and best wishes to you and your family!
Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add 3 ½ cups frozen shredded hash browns to an 8” x 8” pan. Drizzle ¼ cup melted butter over top.
- Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Cool.
Mix together and pour over the baked hashbrowns:
Then top the entire mixture with:
- 1 cup grated cheddar
- ½ cup grated jalapeno cheese or Monterey jack
- Your choice of toppings*
Topping recommendations: diced ham, cooked sausage or bacon, diced tomatoes, red pepper, green onion and mushrooms.
Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.