Cheesy Cornflake Potatoes {Oven or Crock Pot}

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Cheesy cornflake potatoes, or "funeral potatoes," are made with hash browns and cheddar cheese and have a buttery corn flakes topping. You can bake them in the oven or in the Crock Pot using my special tricks for keeping them crispy!

The funeral potatoes recipe has been baked and a spoon has scooped out a serving from the baker.

I firmly believe some of the best recipes come from classic American church potlucks. Generations of women have known just the right way to comfort fellow parishioners at funeral brunches and celebratory picnics alike.

The best example ever of a church casserole?? These cheesy cornflake potatoes, otherwise known widely as "funeral potatoes."

Prepared hash brown potatoes from the refrigerator section are mixed with a creamy sauce, shredded cheese, and then baked with a buttery cornflakes cereal topping that gets amazingly crispy in the oven.

You could also use my clever twist to make funeral potatoes in the Crock Pot, this makes them even easier to add to a holiday buffet menu.

My family loves to serve these cheesy potatoes as part of an Easter brunch or Christmas dinner but they would make a hearty addition to any special meal all year long.

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The ingredients to make funeral potatoes are on the counter.

A few prepared ingredients along with some fresh chopped onion give this potato casserole oodles of flavor:

  • Shredded hash browns potatoes: I used the kind you find in the fridge section of the grocery store. If you prefer to use frozen, you'll want to let them thaw first.
  • Sour cream: I like cooking with Light sour cream, but regular works great, too.
  • Cream of chicken soup: If you prefer not to use a canned recipe, you could always make your own cream of chicken soup substitute from scratch.
  • Shredded cheddar cheese: This is the classic flavor for cheesy potatoes but you could substitute Monterey jack or Swiss cheese, too.
  • Fresh onion: I love the way a real onion tastes in this casserole but in a pinch you could add dried onion powder.
  • Butter
  • Cornflakes cereal
  • Hot sauce or cayenne pepper: Just a dash gives a boost of flavor but doesn't make the potatoes spicy.
  • Seasoned salt: You can use any brand you like or make my homemade seasoned salt.
  • Fresh cracked pepper

Mix the Shredded Potato Base

First, prepare the potato base of the casserole.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, hash browns, shredded cheese, diced onion, and seasonings.

The shredded cheese, cream of chicken soup, hashbrown potatoes, and other ingredients are in a mixing bowl.

Spread the mixture evenly in a 9 x 13-in baking dish. (For Crock Pot instructions, see the section below.)

The potatoes have been spread in a 9 x 13 baking dish in an even layer.

Add the Cornflake Topping

Melt the butter in a microwave safe measuring cup and add the cornflakes cereal. Mix together with a fork until the cereal is coated in butter.

The crushed cornflakes have been mixed with melted butter in a measuring cup.

Sprinkle the corn flakes evenly over the potatoes and bake at 350°F for 40 - 50 minutes or until the potatoes are bubbling hot and the cornflakes are golden brown and crispy.

The potato casserole has been topped with cornflakes and baked in a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.

See how easy that is?? No wonder all those church ladies turned to this recipe: delicious AND quick to prepare.

How to Make Crispy Funeral Potatoes in the Crock Pot

If you want a totally hands-free casserole to add to your buffet, a slowcooker comes in really handy.

You can bake the cheesy potatoes perfectly in a Crock Pot with this tip but the trick is knowing how to keep the cornflake topping from getting soggy.

If you tried to place the cornflakes over the potatoes in the slowcooker, the steam from the potatoes will add too much moisture to the cereal topping.

Instead, I recommend following the same trick I use for my Crockpot green beans casserole:

First, spray the bowl of your slowcooker with cooking spray. Then add the layer of potatoes. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 - 4 hours or on LOW for 5 - 6 hours.

DO NOT put the cornflakes on top. Instead, combine the cereal and melted butter as directed but then spread the cereal out on a large baking sheet. Bake at 350°F for 5 minutes or until the cereal topping is crispy.

Place the cornflakes in a serving bowl with a spoon right next to the slowcooker for your guests to spoon hot cheesy potatoes and the top with freshly crispy cornflakes as desired.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the entire dish up to 24 hours in advance with these tips:

  • Spread the potatoes in the baking dish, cover and keep refrigerated.
  • Let the chilled potatoes come to room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.
  • Wait to combine the cornflakes and butter and sprinkle over the potatoes until just before baking.

Alternatively, you could bake the entire casserole, let it cool and the refrigerate covered overnight. The cheesy potatoes reheat beautifully if you let them come to room temperature before baking again.

I don't recommend trying to freeze this dish, the cream and melted cheese could easily separate during the thawing process.


This classic cheesy potatoes casserole is perfect as-is, but it would be a fun side dish to play around with a few tasty variations:

  • Herby Potatoes: Mix in some fresh parsley, chives, or thyme with the potato mixture.
  • Spicy Potatoes: Mix in a little diced red pepper and add a couple shakes more of hot sauce or some crushed red pepper flakes to the potato base before baking.
  • Veggie Potatoes: Add some chopped baby spinach and frozen corn kernels to the potato base before baking.

More Potato Side Dishes

A festive family meal needs a delicious potato side dish. These easy potato recipes are just perfect:

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The funeral potatoes recipe has been baked and a spoon has scooped out a serving from the baker.

Cheesy Cornflake Potatoes

4.92 from 48 votes
This easy cheesy potato casserole has a crispy cornflake topping. Otherwise known as "funeral potatoes," it is a popular holiday side dish or church potluck recipe.
TOTAL TIME 50 minutes
PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 40 minutes
YIELD 12 servings


  • 20 ounces hash browns thawed
  • 1/2 onion minced
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter divided
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or 2 shakes of hot sauce
  • 1 tsp seasoned or kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups corn flakes cereal


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the hash browns, minced onion, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, and shredded cheese.
  • Melt 4 tablespoons of butter and add it to the potato mixture along with the cayenne pepper or hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Spread the potato mixture in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
  • Melt the second 4 tablespoons of butter in a microwave safe measuring cup. Stir the cornflakes into the butter with a fork until evenly combined. Sprinkle evenly over the potatoes.
  • Bake the potato casserole for 40 - 50 minutes. Serve warm.


  • Prepare the potato base as directed. Spray a slowcooker pot with cooking spray. Spread the potatoes evenly in the pot. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 - 4 hours or on LOW for 5 - 6 hours.
  • Combine the cornflakes and butter as directed. Spread them evenly on a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350°F for 5 minutes or until crispy.
  • Place them in a serving bowl with a spoon right next to the Crock Pot for guests to top their own servings of potatoes.

Recipe Notes

The casserole can be prepared 24 hours ahead of time and kept covered and refrigerated. Wait to combine the cornflakes and butter until just before baking. Let the potatoes thaw on the counter for 30 minutes before baking, top with fresh cornflakes topping, and bake.
Alternatively, the entire casserole can be baked fully the day before and refrigerated. Let thaw for 30 minutes before reheating.
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