Creamy Cheesy Bacon & Potato Casserole {aka Funeral Potatoes}

Creamy Cheesy Bacon & Potato Casserole {Pretty pretty please come ‘like’ my photo on the Around the World in 80 Plates facebook page 🙂 I’m in a contest against some other bloggers and would love to win! Thank you! I’ll love you forever!}

You guys. You’re gonna want to sit down for this one! It’s a doozie! A ridiculously creamy, cheesy, bacony, hot mess of a doozie.

This dish is a cross between scalloped potatoes, potatoes au gratin, funeral potatoes and just a plain casserole. A little bit of everything to make one killer concoction. I hate to ruin this experience by my chatter so I’ll let the photos do the talking 🙂

A crazy cookie recipe to come on Friday!

Here’s how you make it:

Potato Casserole 1Start out by chopping up some potatoes into small cubes. Cover these with water and bring to boil.

Potato Casserole 2While the potatoes are cooking, render out some bacon.

Potato Casserole 2.5And through the magic of my food blog, it’s magically cooked!

Potato Casserole 3Dump out any remaining bacon grease and cook up some onions in butter.

Potato Casserole 55 minutes later and these are brown and soft. Onions cooked in butter is perfection. That is all.

Potato Casserole 4The potatoes should be just about done. You want these to be barely fork tender. They’re going to cook more in the oven, so don’t overdo it in the pot. Everyone repeat after me: “PAR-BOIL”.

Potato Casserole 6Throw the onions and cooked bacon on top of the potatoes, take a picture and take a big whiff. Your kitchen should be smelling divine right about now.

Potato Casserole 7For that creamy sauce, melt some butter in a pot. I used the same pot from the potatoes….just wipe it out with a paper towel. Lazy, dish-hating ladies unite!

Potato Casserole 8Sprinkle in a little flour…

Potato Casserole 9and cook out the raw flavor for a minute or two.

Potato Casserole 10Switch over to a whisk and pour in some milk,

Potato Casserole 11salt, pepper and nutmeg. Increase the heat to medium high to get this sauce to thicken faster. Keep stirring.

Potato Casserole 13Once the sauce is thick and delicious, plop in some cream cheese,

Potato Casserole 14 some heavy cream,

Potato Casserole 15and grated white cheddar cheese. I used Kerry Gold Dubliner cheddar…..ahh-mazing. Whisk the sauce together until the cheese has melted and is all smooth and creamy. And delicious. Taste for seasonings and adjust as needed.

Potato Casserole 16Now pour it all over the potatoes, onions and bacon. Let it be known that this picture makes me a happy girl. HOME STRETCH, my peeps! A few more steps ’til heaven.

Potato Casserole 17Once you get everything coated in that lovely sauce, pour it into a buttered baking dish

Potato Casserole 18and top with more cheese. Of course. Is there any other way? I think not.

Potato Casserole 19Bake at 375 degrees covered for 20-30 minutes then pop the top and broil that bad boy until it’s bubbly and brown.

Potato Casserole 20Serve hot. Sing praises. Rejoice.

Here’s the handy dandy printable that you all must print this very moment. You’re welcome:


Creamy Cheesy Bacon & Potato Casserole {aka Funeral Potatoes}

Yield: 4-6 side servings


  • 2 large potatoes, cubed in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 slices thick cut bacon, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups diced yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • for the sauce-
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 oz. cream cheese or sour cream
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1 cup white cheddar cheese, divided {such as Kerry Gold Dubliner}


  1. Place diced potato into a small pot. Pour in enough cold water to cover potatoes. Cover with lid and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer for 5 minutes or until they are barely fork tender. Drain and set aside. Wipe out pot with paper towel and set aside.
  2. While potatoes simmer, render out bacon slices and brown. Remove to paper towel and pour off excess grease. Saute onions in 1 tablespoon butter in same pan until tender, 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. To make the sauce, place small pot you cooked potatoes in over medium heat. Melt in 2 tablespoons butter. Sprinkle in flour and whisk to create a paste. Cook 1 minute. Whisk in milk. Increase heat to medium high and continue whisking until sauce thickens. Reduce heat and stir in cream, cream cheese, salt, pepper, nutmeg and 1/2 cup grated cheese. Stir until cheeses melt and sauce is smooth. Pour cooked potatoes, bacon, onions and sauce into a large bowl. Stir to coat. Pour entire contents of bowl into greased baking dish. Top with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes covered with foil. Place under broiler to brown the top if desired. Serve hot.

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  1. You are the best! These look absolutely DEEEELISH!

  2. Oh Lauren, what are you doing to me (and my diet!)?!

  3. Ugh … I should not be looking at these right now. Potatoes are my ultimate weakness and here I am trying to cut back on potatoes to drop 5 more pounds this month.

  4. Holy Moly! Those potatoes look incredible!!! I think I gained 5 pounds just looking at your mouth-watering photos. I must try these soon.

  5. I started following your blog a month or so ago….everything looks so good on here. I love potatoes like this. Actually, I love potatoes in any form, ha. Thanks for posting!

  6. Anything with potatoes and bacon is sure to be a winner!!! Love this version way better than the ones that use the creamed soups and sour cream…. this looks much creamer and much more delicious and inviting to eat!

  7. Oh. My. Gawd. This is toooooo sinful! I think it’d be perfect for a big meal like Thanksgiving, when I have lots of other people to share it with (and stop me from eating the whole thing myself) 😉

  8. Oh man, yum! My aunt makes a potato casserole around the holidays that everyone loves, but I cringe at the list of ingredients. This is a much better alternative!

  9. Where on earth did the name funeral potatoes come from? What an awful name for such an amazing dish! Gimme! 🙂

  10. Wow, This turned out perfect! What a delicious combination of ingredients!

  11. These look so good! Do you think 2% milk would be ok to use, or should I stick with whole? Thanks 🙂

  12. omgosh, i LOVE LOVE kerrygold dubliner cheese, seriously so luscious and amazing. you are too for making this drool-worthy casserole! 😉

  13. I’ve never heard the term funeral potatoes…to me, these are holiday potatoes! Although, I hope people enjoy them at my funeral too 🙂

  14. foodgasm. period.

  15. Virtually anything that is baked in a casserole dish is extremely pleasing to me…but you throw in potatoes and cheese and I’m eating out of the casserole dish fork-in-hand. This looks spectacular! Good luck on your contest!

  16. I imagine these are supposed to make a side dish, but I’m definitely alright with considering them a meal all on their own. Love this!

  17. I love reading your recipes! Not only do they look delicious, but you’re so entertaining!

  18. These potatoes look amazing and I can’t wait to try them on Sunday for our Fathers Day celebration. Do you think they turn out ok if I made them in the morning but kept them in fridge until the evening and then baked them?

  19. The only change I would consider making would be rending the onions in the bacon fat, these sound delicious!

  20. These were amazing– and I used the leftovers for the base of the BEST “loaded baked potato soup” EVER!!

  21. For variation I add spicy sausage like chorizo, broccoli and cauliflower. Becomes a main dish and not a side dish.

  22. I was thinking of adding chicken and corn what do you think about that?

  23. Sounds wonderful. Can they be made ahead of time? ( day before?)

  24. sounds so delicious, can this be placed in a crock pot?

  25. any chance you could make a crockpot version of this for us busy mommas!?! I can’t wait to try this!

  26. My only critique would be, why toss the bacon grease and add butter? just cook the onions in the bacon grease. Also, if you’re lazy just use the frozen southern style hashbrowns. Dicing and undercooking is for people with no kids and no jobs 🙂

  27. Instead of boiling the potatoes, season them and the onions and give them about an 8 minute covered cook in the microwave. Easier and you keep the nutrients. .. and yes these can be done in crock pot, you just won’t get the brown top, but still all the deliciousness! We call these party potatoes and there are several versions. … all of them wonderful!

  28. Why in the world would you waste that great bacon grease, in favor of sauteeing the onions in butter?!?

    Otherwise, this is right on.

  29. We made these for Easter and they were a huge hit!!!

  30. Making these tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe!
    Is white cheddar the same as extra sharp cheddar? That was the only white cheddar I could find.

    • As long as it’s white cheddar, it should be fine: sharp, medium or mild 🙂

  31. This was the very first recipe that I made of yours…and they are now legendary in our family!!! Everyone always looks at me funny when I call them “Funeral Potatoes”….but my standard reply is, “You will be so glad you are alive to try them!” Thank you again for a great recipe!!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!!! 🙂

  32. Made these for my SO’s family and everyone LOVED it to say the least 😛 definitely making again

  33. Made this for xmas dinner and it was so BLAND! I even added extra bacon to it. You could barely taste the cheese. Dubliner is a very good cheese but it does not work in this recipe. I wouldn’t make this again.



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