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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Reviewed Apr. 7, 2016

"Tasty...my kids especially liked it!"

Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

"my family love it."

Reviewed Feb. 22, 2013

"Excellent! :-)"

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2010

"A big hit!!!"

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!"

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