Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dutch Oven Funeral Potatoes

If posting frequency is an indication as to whether a blog is active or dead, then I should probably start planning my blog’s funeral. Man! My summer schedule and new full time hours at work are really throwing me for a loop. I’m sure that once I figure out how to juggle it all, my kids will be back in school and it won’t matter anymore. Oh well, please forgive me of my infrequent posting and know that my blog is not dying. J But hey, why not go along with the theme? (oh yeah, it’s kind of morbid to  talk of death) hmmm…how about a happy spin on the theme? Funeral Potatoes…in a dutch oven! And hopefully when you eat these it will be at your next cookout and not your next funeral.

Oh I feel it necessary to let you know that this dish is NOT from scratch. That is generally unusual for me, but when I’m on vacation (yes I consider camping a vacation)  I like to keep meal prep as simple as possible that is also why this recipe can be prepped almost entirely in advance.

Dutch oven Funeral Potatoes

Serves 10-12
Equipment: (for cooking – not prepping)
12” dutch oven
Charcoal Briquettes
      charcoal chimney           
      lid rest
lid lifter
      grill gloves
large spoon

33 oz (8 cups) potatoes, cooked and shredded you can use frozen hashbrowns)
10 Tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
2 cans cream of chicken soup
3 green onions finely chopped
1 ½ cups sharp cheddar, shredded
1 ½ cups sour cream
1½ - 2 cups corn flakes, coarsely crushed
Corn flakes
onion powder

  1. Cook whole potatoes until tender, cool then peel and grate (Or use frozen uncooked hash browns)
  2. In a 12 qt stockpot, heat 6 tablespoons of butter until melted then add green onions and sauté.  Stir in soup, sour cream and cheese and heat until cheese is melted.
  3. Mix in shredded potatoes and mix until combine. Add salt, pepper and onion powder to taste. (If making this in advance, empty the contents of the stockpot into a large ziplock bag and put in the fridge or freezer until ready to cook. Before cooking, be sure the potato mixture is thoroughly thawed)
  4. Heat briquettes
  5. Empty contents of the ziplock into a 12” dutch oven. Combine crushed corn flakes with melted butter and sprinkle on top.
  6. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or at 325 for 1 hour. To achieve proper heat with charcoal briquettes in a dutch oven refer to the heat/briquette calculator.
Notes: Rotate lid and/or dutch oven a ¼ turn every ½ hour to avoid hot spots and scorching. Replace coals that have burned to ash with new hot coals to ensure the chicken cooks in the time allowed.

Source: Adapted from a family recipe provided by Dina at Dina’s Diner (unposted). 



Unknown said...

Great potatoes! Glad to see you back! Good luck juggling. I know how that is!

The Harried Cook said...

How interesting... I've never seen a recipe like this one before... It sounds delicious!! I know exactly how hard it is to keep posting... I have been SO bad at posting this month.. Good luck with the blog :)

Sandra said...

We cook like this often, even bread and it is always fun as well attraction for kids!:)) Great looking potatoes, i would love to try it soon!

Myrna said...

You're preaching to the choir!! I feel your pain=D I'm intrigued by this method of cooking. The potatoes sound really delicious! I'll keep an eye out for your next post=)

Mikaela Cowles said...

Well, I think something hearty like this will help things not end. Best of luck with your busy schedule.

Roxana GreenGirl said...

i have the same problem with my blogging frequency, i'm hoping it doesn't die :(
i've never had potatoes these way, sure I wish I could have some. sounds pretty good

Mari Nuñez said...

Great potatoes recipe. I am sure my family will love it.

Megan @ Foodalution said...

Thank you for posting dutch oven recipes.... Purchasing a dutch oven has been on my -to-do- list for some the recipe - new to blog via Chef Dennis! Cheers!

Charlie said...

I've never heard of funeral potatoes before, it looks delicious!

Apron Appeal said...

Charlie...never heard of funeral potatoes? It must be a demographic thing then...I'm guessing you've never lived in Utah OR never been to a funeral in Utah where the Relief Society prepares the meal for the family after the service. :) All I can say, is funerals are hard enough when the funeral potatoes are missing from the after makes everything that much more difficult.

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