Grandpa's Party Potatoes Recipe
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Grandpa's Party Potatoes Recipe

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My grandpa, who gave me this recipe, liked the way the cream cheese and onion dip created a wonderful velvety texture. I often assemble these potatoes the night before, then pop them in the oven the next day. —Mary Kay Elert, St. Paul Park, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min.
MAKES:12-14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min.
MAKES: 12-14 servings


  • 12 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) French onion dip
  • Paprika

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 181 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 316mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein


  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain. Mash the potatoes with butter, milk, salt and pepper until smooth. Add cream cheese and onion dip; mix well.
  2. Spread in a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with paprika. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Originally published as Grandpa's Party Potatoes in Country Woman September/October 2000, p40

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Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

"Delicious, great for a gathering where you need the convenience of make ahead dishes. The onion dip and cream cheese turn plain mashed potatoes into a decadent gourmet dish"

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2014

"My family of 12 LOVES these"

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013

"I have found with most of the day-before potato recipes that the amounts of extra ingredients (sour cream, onion dip, cream cheese, etc.) are just fine regardless of how many extra potatoes are used - I have used sometimes a ten-lb. bag of potatoes without adjusting the other ingredient amts. and still get the full extra good flavor - I think making the day prior and leaving overnight in the refrigerator is what distributes the flavors real well."

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2013

"I found this recipe in one of the Taste of Home Thanksgiving magazines. It called for 8 - 9 cups of potatoes. I measured out 2 - 1/2 lbs of potatoes using a kitchen scale. The consistency of the final product turned out slightly thinner than what I like, so next time I will measure out 3 lbs. Other than that, the potatoes were excellent! Loved the taste the french dip added to them. A new favorite for me & my family!"

Reviewed Jul. 8, 2012

"Our family loves this! It is so easy to make and a great dish to have when company comes over."

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