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Cheesy OBrien Potato Casserole

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OBrien Potato Casserole aka funeral potatoes! Yummy cheesy potatoes with peppers and onions then topped with french fried onions! The perfect take-along dish! Find more recipes like this on my Side Dishes recipe page.

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This recipe is one of my family’s favorite comfort food casseroles. The zesty taste of peppers, onions, and cheese blended so well we just can’t get enough of it. In our house there usually aren’t any leftovers to spare.


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Why is this dish called Funeral Potatoes?

This casserole is also known as funeral potatoes because it is a popular comforting dish to bring to the home of someone who has lost a family member.

This au gratin potatoes side dish is also great any time of the day. It’s like a hash brown casserole that is great for brunch and dinner! We usually have it for dinner as a side dish and have the leftovers the next morning.


There are a ton of versions of these cheesy potatoes out there. Here are some examples of what the other recipes used as substitutes to my ingredients. Feel free to change the recipe to suit your taste.

  1. Traditional frozen hash browns, fresh shredded potatoes.
  2. Cream of mushroom soup or cream of chicken soup in place of the cream of celery soup.
  3. Cornflakes as a topping, bacon as a topping.
  4. Add in ham, sausage, and other vegetables.

I hope you will love it as much as we do! Here’s our version of the popular dish.

Cheesy OBrien Potato Casserole


  • 1 2lb bag of frozen Ore-Ida Potatoes O’Brien, thaw in the microwave
  • 2 cups of cheddar shredded cheese
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 can Cream of Celery soup
  • Salt & black pepper to taste
  • French fried onions topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13 x 9 baking dish.
  2. Place frozen potatoes in a large mixing bowl, cover, and microwave for 8 minutes to thaw.
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3. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.

4. Place potatoes mixture into a 2 qt. greased casserole dish.

5. Bake for 40 minutes.

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6. Remove from oven, top with onions, and bake for 5 more minutes.

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O Brien Potato Casserole

Obrien potatoes and cheese casserole.
Servings: 10 people
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Calories: 456


  • 1 2 lb bag of frozen Potatoes O’Brien, thaw in microwave
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 can Cream of Celery soup
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • French fried onions topping


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place potatoes in a large bowl, cover and microwave for 8 minutes to thaw.
  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Pour mixture into a 2 qt. casserole dish.
  • Bake for 40 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, top with onions and bake for 5 more minutes.


Calories: 456kcal

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CUISINE :American
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MAKE AHEAD: Completely cool the casserole. Place single servings in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. 
FREEZER: Freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost in a microwave or in the refrigerator overnight. Bake on 350 for 25 minutes or microwave for 5 minutes on high or until done.

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  1. Oh my during cold winter nights I love myself a good casserole!

  2. I made it last night and it turned out perfect! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  3. The food picture is very beautiful!! Light and angle are great.

  4. I’m craving this dish, and thankfully, I found the recipe. I remember the last time I had it was from my friend’s mom making it at her house, and I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor. I had no idea this casserole was also known as funeral potatoes, wow. Thank you very much for sharing this recipe! I’ll do my best to make it.

  5. I use i bag of the potatoe obrien, 1 can of cream of chicken (16 oz) and 16 oz of sour cream. Mix in cheese and bake.
    Then more cheese on top

  6. This is my 5th time making this dish. My kids/teenagers liked it so much I now have to make a double batch if my husband and I want some. Taking it to a potluck tonight I know they will love it too!

    1. That’s so great that you love this recipe! It is one of our family favs too! Thanks for reading!

  7. I am always down for a delicious potato dish! These are the perfect side dish to bring to a pitch-in or holiday party. Thanks for the awesome recipe! Pinning!

  8. Visiting from Merry Monday and Pinning! I make a recipe that is very similar with just a couple different ingredients. I like the idea of using cream of celery soup. Following you on FB and Pinterest!

    1. Hi Kristin, Thanks so much for following! I followed ya back. I know this recipe can be made a few different ways. I hope you will try my version. It’s our favorite. Thanks for stopping by the party.

  9. How big is the bag of potatoes? 24 oz? That’s what I’m using. Hope it works! They look delicious.

    1. Hi Paula,
      Yes the bag is 24-28oz of frozen O’brien Potatoes with peppers & onions. I may need to make some today too!

      1. Thanks! They turned out great! I had to make them in the crockpot because I wanted them ready to go when we got home from church this morning. Fantastic with ham and asparagus.

  10. Hi, Kim ~ Yum!! This sounds delicious! Can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Candice Sampson says:

      How long and what temp in the crock pot?

      1. Candice, I have not made this in a crockpot, this recipe is for baking in an oven. I do not know how long or what temp it would do well in a crockpot.

  11. I love how comforting these are! Cheesy potatoes are my total weakness, so I don’t think a pan would be safe near me – YUM! :)

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