My Mormon family does funerals really, really well. It might be because we have so much experience but I think it's more in the teachings of the faith. Mormons are assured of an opportunity to be reunited in the afterlife and that's always a comfort at a time of loss. They hold tight to that faith and instead celebrate life. As a kid, funerals were (and are) big, happy, family reunions. I've already told you how important funerals and death rituals are to me. One of my favorite traditions is that of Funeral Potatoes. Just typing the words makes my mouth water. Every Mormon funeral is followed by a reception where Funeral Potatoes are served. (I think it must be a Mormon commandment.)
There is no right or wrong way to prepare and serve Funeral Potatoes. Each family has their own, favorite recipe. There are several variations. Basically, Funeral Potatoes are any form of a potato casserole that is usually served as a side dish. They are creamy, fat-laden, gooey, creamy mounds of heavenly deliciousness. My favorites always include a little onion and corn flakes for a crunchy topping. (Yes, you read that right, corn flakes. Not the frosted kind.)
Interestingly, our favorite recipe comes from your Catholic great-Aunt Anne. Of course she calls them "Hash Brown Casserole" but we know what they really are... and we love them.
Hash Brown Casserole Anne Almeida
1 Bag of frozen Hashbrowns (cubed or shredded) 1 Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup 1 C. Sour Cream 1 Bunch of Green Onions (chopped) Shredded Cheddar Cheese 1 Cube of Butter Corn Flakes
Mix the hasbrowns, soup, sour cream, onions and cheese. Melt the cube of butter in a x 13 baking dish and place potato mixture on top. Top with corn flakes, cover and bake for 45 minutes or until warm and bubbly. (A little brown is best.)