Funeral Food (Or Cherry Squares to Die For)

I’m fond of describing an unpleasant situation as “being as much fun as a Lutheran funeral without the cherry squares”. We can all agree that funerals aren’t fun, but oh Lord, those cherry squares are to-die-for. I don’t know if they’re specific to all Lutheran funerals, but every Lutheran funeral I ever went to had them.

Food and funerals. Depending on where you live and your faith (or lack thereof), there are some guidelines about what constitutes appropriate food. In the small town I grew up in, funeral food typically included sandwich triangles and squares. Egg salad, ham salad and mystery meat. I have no idea why egg salad is such a popular funeral food item. Googling “egg salad sandwich” “funeral” nets 41,500 hits. Here’s a recipe for failsafe funeral eggs sandwiches. Here’s a bit of a gourmet egg salad sammie, made with homemade mayo.

There are whole cookbooks written about funeral food. I have some of them. I even have a partially written one. Here are my favorites: Death Warmed Over by Lisa Rogak. Being Dead is No Excuse by Gayden Metcalfe.


2 thoughts on “Funeral Food (Or Cherry Squares to Die For)

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a cherry square. Lemon squares… I know all about them!

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