I love being a part of an amazing group of people that call themselves “Mormons” We take great pride in being unique and not comforming to the pressures of the “outside” world. Many of these things we take for granted living in a predominatley LDS population here in Utah. I was raised for a good portion of my youth in Seattle, where that was much different. I was the only Mormon in my elementary school and in my Junior High school. I stood out and was expected to behave a certain way. For me, this made me stronger, as I knew that I was being watched and judged on what how I lived my life.
When we moved to Utah, I was 15 and it was very new to have most of my school and friends be members of the church. It was sometimes harder living the gospel fully when many other friends and classmates found no harm in living it “when convenient”. But it also was so great to have all the things that I loved about the gosple, surround me each day. How great it was to watch conference at home instead of traveling 30 minutes to watch it at our stake center. Here are a few of the things that that seem normal to us, but may be anything but normal to others that are not members of the church:
-The busiest day of the month is the very last day!!
-You run into a good freind and after visiting for awhile, one of you say ; ” Just count me for this month”
-When you are ill, you can plan on days of casseroles and sheet cakes to feed your family, along with an offer from the women in your ward to come and clean your house.
-You run into half of your ward early in the morning at the local 7-11 for your now legal Diet Coke
-Your visit to the local “steakhouse, does not mean you will not have to cook that night
-Bi-annually, you spend a weekend staying home all day in your PJs watching TV.
-You laughed your head off when the guy stood up at the end of General Conference on April 3rd and smiled maniacally at the camera.
-You spend every Monday night with your family, stuffing your face with FHE treats from a recipe in The Friend magazine.
-you have the recipe for any type of casserole memorized.
–You know what “MoTab,” “MTC,” “RM,” “YW&YM,” and “RS” stand for.
-You have difficulty restraining yourself from jumping up on the last syllable every time someone says “sunbeam.”
-You were shocked when you found out that there was no such thing as a popcorn tree.
-You were also shocked when you found out that Pioneer Day was not, in fact, a national holiday.
-You can play at least one hymn on the piano.
-You’ve accidentally called one of your non-member parent’s friends or friend’s parents “Brother” or “Sister.”
-You’re at church for at least 8 hours a week, and not just on Sunday.
-You say a prayer over your junk food, asking for it to “nourish and strengthen your body.”
-All your dishes are labeled because there’s a good chance that at least ¼ of them are at someone else’s house.
-The definition of “mutual” takes on a whole new meaning when you turn 12,
-You’ve used Mormon pickup lines at least once (“Is your name virtue? ‘Cause you’re garnishing my thoughts unceasingly!”).
-You have at least one kid in your family named Hyrum, Joseph, Ammon, Nephi, Jared, or Mahonri Moriancumr.
-The words “flip,” “fetch,” and the phrase “oh my heck” are a regular part of your vocabulary.
-Every time you publicly or privately speak anywhere outside of church, you accidentally end your speech with “and I say these things inthenameofJesusChristAMEN.”
-You have a ring with the initials “CTR”
-You can everything
-You have a basement full of wheat that you don’t know how to use.
-If you are a mom, you hate the thougth of our son turning 19.
-You make quiet books and hand colored and laminated folder games.
-If you think 8 kids in a family is average
-You have a missionary out and are pregnant
-You think heck is a place for people don’t believe in gosh.
-You know how to say and spell Mahonri Moriancumer
-You own a wheat grinder and bread maker
-You have blue plastic barrels in your garage.
-Every room in your house has a picture of the temple on the wall–including the bathroom
-Your satellite TV package includes the BYU channel
-You have scripture and conference CDs in your car instead of music
-You have LDS scripture app on your phone
-You can’t believe it when someone calls your house on Monday night.
-Every dish in your house has masking tape with your last name on it.
-Your idea of a rest is the 2 hours your children are in primary.
– Your idea of a compact car is a van that seats less than 6.
-You have some sort of foreign flag waving waving on your front porch.
-You will have funeral potatoes served at your funeral.
– You have bought bulk chocolate for food storage.
-You have given a can of soup with the words “have a souper Christmas” tied to it, to a neighbor for Christmas.
Well with that said, we are back to the funeral potatoes. These are in every Mormon cookbook and most LDS members have it memorized. There are many versions, but most have hashbrowns, sour cream, butter and cornflakes. There is a restaurant – bar in Salt Lake called the Garage. One of their signature dishes is Fried Mormon Funeral Potatoes. I drive past this every day on my way to work. I have wanted to try them, but not sure about the whole bar thing. So when I found this recipe in a Sunset magazine, highlighting great food from the western states, I knew I had to try them. I thought you could use low fat ranch dressing to dip them in, to make them a little less fattening!!!!!!! That is the same theory of drinking a diet coke with your hamburger and fries.
Hope you enjoy
Fried Funeral Potatoes
- 8 ounces bacon, chopped, cooked, and drained
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
1 or 2 jalapeño chiles, minced
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 1/2 cups defrosted frozen shredded hash browns
- 1 cup coarsely shredded cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup finely ground cornflakes, divided
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Chopped parsley (optional)
- Ranch dressing for dipping
1. Whirl bacon, cream cheese, onion, jalapeños, green onion, and sour cream in a food processor, about 1 minute. Place in a large mixing bowl.
2. Stir hash browns, cheddar, flour, cornstarch, salt, eggs, and 3 tbsp. ground cornflakes into bacon mixture.
3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop up a scant 1/4 cup of potato mixture and roll into a ball. Drop ball into a bowl filled with 3/4 cup cornflakes and roll to coat (mixture will firm up once coated). Place on sheet and repeat with remaining mixture. Chill until ready to cook.
4. Heat 2 in. oil in a medium pot until it registers 350° on a deep-fry thermometer. Fry potato balls, a few at a time, until golden, 5 minutes per batch. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with ranch dressing