French Onion Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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From Dansville, Illinois, Lori Piatt shares the secret behind her savory spuds. "I dress up instant potato flakes with cream cheese, French onion dip and garlic salt," she explains. "I'm always elected to bring these rich potatoes to family get-togethers."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + stianding
MAKES:8-10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + stianding
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 3 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups mashed potato flakes
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) French onion dip
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 307 calories, 19 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 49 mg cholesterol, 889 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, bring the water, milk, 1/3 cup butter and salt to a boil. Remove from the heat; gradually stir in potato flakes. In a bowl, combine cream cheese and onion dip. Stir into potatoes. Add garlic salt.
  2. Transfer to an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Melt remaining butter; drizzle over the top. Sprinkle with paprika. bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as French Onion Mashed Potatoes in Quick Cooking November/December 2001, p54

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Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"Very good. I made these for Christmas dinner, substituting Cheddar and Bacon dip for the French Onion dip. Excellent."

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011

"Excellent. They are also good substituting Cheddar and Bacon dip for the French Onion dip."

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