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French Onion Mashed Potatoes

 French Onion Mashed Potatoes
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."
8-10 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + stianding

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
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.