Food - Drink
Why Utah's Favorite Potato Casserole Is Named After Funerals
BY AUTUMN SWIERS
Mormon funeral potatoes consist of cubed potatoes or hash browns, cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soups, butter, sour cream, and cheese, baked in a casserole dish under a crispy layer of cornflakes. This dish is typically served after LDS (Latter-Day Saints) funerals, and the morbid name has surprisingly wholesome origins.
There's a theory that the first funeral potatoes were served in times of yore to sustain those who were near death. The dish later became a modern symbol of generosity, and funeral potatoes sustained growing Mormon congregations and families, in which housewives were tasked with feeding lots of folks with quick, affordable, filling meals.
The Mormon Church website states that funeral potatoes are named because they were commonly brought by Mormon Relief Societies to support families at various funerals. Today, this dish is also served at other family gatherings, special events, and celebrations all across Utah, giving plenty of comfort to diners, no matter the reason.