Party Potatoes – potatoes on steroids

party potatoes

This simple potato recipe is a wonderful side dish.  When we have steak at home, we have Party Potatoes.  My son loves them because they are so creamy.  They are mashed potatoes on steroids! 

Party Potatoes are great on your holiday table as well.  I have a friend that makes them every year for her Thanksgiving meal.  Made with instant potatoes, they don’t taste like your mother’s instant potatoes.


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I use Idahoan regular, unflavored instant potatoes.  Because I’m adding so many other things, I don’t need any special extra tastes in the finished dish.  These used to come in a box, Idahoan Complete, but I can’t get them anymore.  Make the potatoes as directed, but hold back 1 cup of whatever liquid you’re using.  These use water and milk, so I held back on the milk.  I’ll be adding more milk-products anyway. 

Once the potatoes are made, start adding ingredients to the same large pot.  I like to add the cream cheese first so that it gets the benefit of the heat to soften it even more.  Add the chives so they can be hydrated.  Start mixing them in by hand.


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Continue by adding the sour cream and mixing by hand.  You can start adding some of the garlic salt, too.


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Mix by hand a little bit more so that all of the ingredients are starting to incorporate.  Now you’re going to want your electric mixer.  Mix until all of the ingredients are well-blended and there are no lumps of potato or cream cheese.


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Pour the mixture into your disposable pan.  You don’t want to have to wash a regular pan after cooking this.  Make sure everything is even and sprinkle with paprika.  I like to sprinkle with a bit more garlic salt, also.  Then dot with butter.


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Put the Party Potatoes in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45-60 minutes.  They can stay in the oven if your dinner isn’t ready.  You can even put them on the table 10 minutes before dinner and they will still be very hot when you serve them.  Party Potatoes are nuclear-hot when they come out of the oven, so please be careful when you eat them.  


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Party Potatoes
Serves 10
Mashed potatoes on steroids!
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
  1. 1 box of instant potatoes serving about 16-18
  2. 16 oz softened cream cheese
  3. 16 oz sour cream
  4. garlic salt (to taste)
  5. chives (to taste)
  6. paprika
  7. 1/2 stick butter
  1. Make the instant potatoes according to the directions minus 1 cup of liquid.
  2. With an electric mixer, mix in the cream cheese and sour cream until well incorporated.
  3. Add the garlic salt and chive, to taste.
  4. Pour the well-mixed product into a large disposable pan.
  5. Sprinkle with paprika and dot with butter.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 to 60 minutes.
  1. Tastes great reheated.
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56 thoughts on “Party Potatoes – potatoes on steroids

  1. I should NOT have read this… I’m pretty sure I’m going to try to make (and eat) the whole thing now. Mouth… watering… so bad…. This ginger can’t help it – she loves her some taters.

    Love the pics. #ibabloggers

  2. I have never even considered using dried potatoes before. Just this last weekend we hosted our alternative Thanksgiving (we have a second Thanksgiving so that family can make it without conflict) and my taters were quite lumpy. I really think I will try these for the “real” thanksgiving this year.

  3. Thank you soooo much for sharing this at Come Along Ponds this week! I honestly cannot wait to try these potatoes. I love how easy they are, and I know that everyone will LOVE them!!!! Thanks again. Hope to see you next week!

  4. Hmm…I think this is one of those recipes that when you start eating it, you just can’t stop.

    Love our potatoes in this house….going to try this recipe now ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  5. Stopping by from Sunday’s Best linkup. These potatoes look and sound delicious. This recipe would be great for an office party or take along dish for a family gathering too. It’s always nice to have a different recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  6. They look delicious and so easy!! Thanks for sharing the details of this new favorite. Garnish with a fresh sprinkle of parsley to give them a bit of color. Can’t wait to give them a try.

    1. I honestly don’t know if they’d be different with real potatoes as we’ve all never used them. If you do, would you please come back and let me know? I’d be curious. Thanks!

  7. What I like about your recipe is that it serves such a large number of people, and it also sounds like it would not be expensive to make- thank you for sharing it ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Wow – now those are some incredibly yummy looking potatoes… although I’m not sure they are part of my summer diet plan. I’m going to have to file these away for fall when I can cheat more.

    Thanks for sharing!


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  9. Thanks for the recipe! My mother-in-law used to make these, but she used real potatoes and boiled and mashed them. They were so yummy. The instant potatoes are much quicker to fix, I’m sure.

    1. I’ve actually never had them with real potatoes. The instant potatoes are so easy and all that other stuff makes them seem to be real. I’d love to try them with real potatoes someday.

  10. Sandy, could I make this with ordinary potatoes (maybe to a slightly smaller scale? We don’t get much instant mash here and certainly not the delicious stuff you recommend! I like your ‘heat warning’ too – I would be hungry and ready to dive in FAST! Although I promise I would not eat ALL of it myself (well not all at once!)

  11. Potatoes is one of my favorite meals. your recipe is looking so tasty :). Nom Nom Nom….Also, congratulation for being featured on Blogelina!
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