Funeral potatoes with less fat
If you're LDS like I am, you've probably eaten more than your fair share of funeral potatoes in your lifetime. They're nearly as ubiquitous as green jello. Not served only at funerals but still branded forever with that name, they're a convenient dish to bring to any gathering or potluck. A pan of cubed or shredded potatoes swimming in butter, sour cream, cream soup, and cheese, they're appealing to most people, easy to make ahead of time . . . and less than healthy.
Many versions of funeral potatoes (and everyone seems to have her own) are swimming in butter; you can see the grease floating on top. My mom has developed a version of this recipe with less fat that still tastes great. She's figured out that you don't really need all that butter, that regular cream soup doesn't have that much less fat than low-fat, and that low-fat sour cream works well but non-fat doesn't.
Here's my mom's recipe for funeral potatoes. Have you ever had funeral potatoes before? How often?
6 cups diced or shredded baked potatoes, or frozen hash browns (I leave the skins on)
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) cream of chicken soup
1/2 soup can skim milk
1 cup light sour cream
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup grated onion
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons melted butter (optional)
3/4 cup crushed corn flakes (optional)
Place potatoes in lightly greased 9 x 13 pan. Combine soup, milk, sour cream, cheese, onion, salt, and pepper. Spread sauce over potatoes and mix up a bit. If you want a crunchy topping, combine melted butter and corn flake crumbs. Sprinkle over casserole. Bake uncovered at 350 F for 30-45 minutes or until hot and bubbly throughout. If you use hash browns that are still frozen, you will need to increase the baking time.
My mom's notes: The original recipe used about a stick of butter, regular sour cream and a lot more cheese. You can use light cream of chicken soup, if you wish, but it doesn't save a lot of fat and calories. You can put the potatoes in the slow cooker on low heat before you go to bed. They should be ready to grate in the morning.