Picnic Potatoes Recipe
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Picnic Potatoes Recipe

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We love potatoes, so I'm always searching for new ways to make them. I came up with this recipe as a change of pace from the usual baked potatoes. This dish travels well to a picnic or other gathering.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 8 to 10 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1-1/2 cups prepared ranch salad dressing
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled, divided
  • Minced chives

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 547 calories, 37g fat (11g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 729mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 13g protein.


  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  2. Transfer to a large bowl; mash (do not add milk, butter or seasoning). Stir in salad dressing. Add the cheese, salt, pepper and half of the bacon.
  3. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with chives and remaining bacon. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Editor's Note: If a decorative edge is desired, spread all but 2 cups of the prepared potato mixture into baking dish. Using a pastry bag and large tip, pipe the reserved mixture around the edge of the dish.
Originally published as Picnic Potatoes in Country Extra May 1995, p49

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pwilliams03 User ID: 8288953 246735
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2016

" kids especially liked it!"

bbentley User ID: 5645837 15845
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

"my family love it."

sd20 User ID: 5560294 37900
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2013

"Excellent! :-)"

wac30 User ID: 5586204 8989
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2010

"A big hit!!!"

lauriesmiles User ID: 5335877 25630
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

"My family LOVED these potatoes. I made according to the directions, no additions or ingredient changes. I marked as a favorite and will make them again for sure. A definite keeper! Thanks for sharing this!"

KInlow User ID: 4373558 38893
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2010

"I catered a wedding rehersal dinner and wanted something special to serve other than plain potatoes. There were about 50 people at the dinner and I made two huge pans of these potatoes. I didn't come back with any! They were great and I had many, many compliments!"

Sandi*S User ID: 4500405 15299
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2010

"Well another hit out of the park! My family of pickey eaters loved this one too. Though I didn't add the cheese, I told you they were pickey. :)"

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