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Grandpa's Party Potatoes Recipe

Grandpa's Party Potatoes Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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gunslinger User ID: 544392 220880
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"

madmadmommy User ID: 8120463 80465
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2014

"My family of 12 LOVES these"

jossgirl User ID: 5448034 87525
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."

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 28641
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!"

bshowalter User ID: 344920 45120
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2012

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

bshowalter User ID: 344920 74626
Reviewed May. 19, 2012

"This was excellent. No leftovers on this dish."

williehansen User ID: 444341 87524
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"I made this for a dinner party and the men went crazy over it. Probably loaded with calories but certainly impresses. Very easy too since I could make the day before and pop it in the oven an hour before we eat."

stacienbob User ID: 3130162 74622
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"Very easy to make. I made it for Thanksgiving dinner and received lots of compliments. I used 5 pounds of (unpeeled) Yukon Gold potatoes. It makes a 13 x 9 cake pan full."

brigittehsmom User ID: 413139 25761
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"I used regular sour cream since that is what I had in refrig. I was wondering if this would freeze well?"

carrie carney User ID: 1551037 103098
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2010

"Very good. I substituted ranch dip b/c I didn't have french onion dip. I will definitely be making these a day or two before Thanksgiving and then heating in the oven to ease up on the stress of preparing everything on the big day!"

dcburk1966 User ID: 2669047 33176
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2010

"I will make these again. I goofed and bought fat-free cream cheese by mistake and the potatoes still where good. I think adding some roasted garlic when mashing the potatoes would be good also. The potatoes took longer to heat up then what it was called for in the recipe, but they were still good."

gratefulservant_AZ User ID: 635512 81316
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2009

"You just dice them and measure out 8 or 9 cups. They are wonderful. I only make this recipe for special occasions because it is so fattening (Christmas and Thanksgiving). I thas a very mild onion flavor and the cream cheese adds another dimension of richness"

kayesandra User ID: 2865031 81314
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2008

"Question: 8 or 9 cups peeled potatoes? I don't understand...when I cook potatoes for mashing they are cut in halves or quarters depending on size. Did you mean 8 or 9 peeled potatoes? These sound great & I'd like to try them for a holiday buffet I'm hosting."

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