Utah and Idaho’s signature food of mourning is a pan of funeral potatoes: a cheesy, crusty combination of hash browns, cream of mushroom soup, and gooey cheddar topped with crumbled up potato chips and a dollop of sour cream.
In Pennsylvania, Amish traditions are a stronghold, with “funeral pie” making an appearance after almost every service. This dessert combines a sweet, custard-like filling with raisins and a flaky, double crust.
Hawaiians have a different angle on starchy comfort, often opting for chow mein noodles, and a traditional take on finger sandwiches: laulau. Laulau features pork or chicken wrapped in taro leaves, then steamed on a stove, becoming a kind of portable snack satchel.