Creamy mashed potatoes with ranch seasoning in them. Grandma Jan's Thanksgiving dinner mashed potatoes. For a variation, try sprinkling your favorite shredded cheese over the top before baking.

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F ( 175 degrees C).

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  • Place potatoes in a large pot with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain water, and add cream cheese, butter, sour cream and ranch dressing mix. Mash until creamy using a potato masher or electric mixer. Spread evenly in a large baking dish.

  • Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

373 calories; 15.1 g total fat; 39 mg cholesterol; 205 mg sodium. 53.5 g carbohydrates; 7.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2006
These were great! A nice change from the ordinary. The only changes I made were cooking my potato cubes in water with chicken base (similar to boullion but in a loose powder). I did not even add any butter and they didn't need it. I taste-tested at the end to check for any salt addition as I had the boullion and ranch mix with salt already in there; they only needed a sprinkle. They were so whippy light and thank goodness my electric mixer didn't give out until the very end!UPDATE:1/22/06...Since I love the flavor of these I wanted to make again and didn't have sour cream...no problem! I just omitted it again did not add any butter and just used the cream cheese and broth liquid from cooking potatoes in. I grated some fresh romano cheese on top and into the oven...mmmmm sooo good! Texture and everything was still superb! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/21/2008
I'm thinking that perhaps all the high reviews on this dish are from people who don't regularly make homemade mashed potatoes. I found these to be way too thick and not nearly seasoned enough. I added twice the amount of ranch dressing mix and still the finished dish was way to bland. I also thought there was too much sour cream resulting in a too sour taste. I did add cheese on top and would do that again. I also added a lot of milk to get the proper consistency. Next time I'd either go for triple the ranch dressing or just add more salt and pepper. But really I think next time I'll just make standard homemade mashed potatoes...the ultimate comfort food. Read More
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136 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 110
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2006
These were great! A nice change from the ordinary. The only changes I made were cooking my potato cubes in water with chicken base (similar to boullion but in a loose powder). I did not even add any butter and they didn't need it. I taste-tested at the end to check for any salt addition as I had the boullion and ranch mix with salt already in there; they only needed a sprinkle. They were so whippy light and thank goodness my electric mixer didn't give out until the very end!UPDATE:1/22/06...Since I love the flavor of these I wanted to make again and didn't have sour cream...no problem! I just omitted it again did not add any butter and just used the cream cheese and broth liquid from cooking potatoes in. I grated some fresh romano cheese on top and into the oven...mmmmm sooo good! Texture and everything was still superb! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2006
These were great! A nice change from the ordinary. The only changes I made were cooking my potato cubes in water with chicken base (similar to boullion but in a loose powder). I did not even add any butter and they didn't need it. I taste-tested at the end to check for any salt addition as I had the boullion and ranch mix with salt already in there; they only needed a sprinkle. They were so whippy light and thank goodness my electric mixer didn't give out until the very end!UPDATE:1/22/06...Since I love the flavor of these I wanted to make again and didn't have sour cream...no problem! I just omitted it again did not add any butter and just used the cream cheese and broth liquid from cooking potatoes in. I grated some fresh romano cheese on top and into the oven...mmmmm sooo good! Texture and everything was still superb! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2008
This has been a family favorite for years! Thicker, richer and more flavorful than tradional mashed potatoes,there is no need to measure the ingredients exactly--just add to suit your taste and desired consistency. However, I always use the entire package of the ranch dressing and don't bother with the last step of baking, and it is always perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2008
I wanted to cut back on the carbs a bit and add some veggies so I did half potatoes and half cauliflower. After I mashed them I added homemade dry ranch seasoning and 1/4 c. of grated parmesan cheese. This was a hit with everyone and noone could tell there was cauliflower in it. This dish went really well with my father in law's roast. A! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2005
I added more of the sour cream and ranch than called for. It was great. I might try just adding premade ranch next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2007
Creamy flavorful mashed potatoes. I made ahead the day before and added chicken broth because I knew baking would reduce the moisture. I added cheese the last 10 minutes of baking. Comfort food! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2011
Simple and super easy - sprinkle with bacon and cheddar cheese. Served with barbecue pork ribs garden salad and quick rolls! Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2008
MMMMMMM...So good! These are definately a comfort food. I halved the recipe but used double the ranch 1/2 C and it was just right. I also skipped the baking and they were still delicious. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/07/2007
This was really good. The only thing off for me was how thick it was. I used 8 oz cream cheese 8 oz sour cream and about 4 - 8 oz ranch sauce along with 1/3 cup butter AND about 1/4 - 1/2 cup half/half. And I topped it with about a cup of mozzeralla cheese before I baked it. Only after ALL those additions was it a good texture for me. My husband LOVED it and so did I with the changes. Next time in addition to the ranch dressng I will use a packet of the ranch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2004
They were the hit at Thansgiving. I did make a couple of changes I used Red potatoes I added 2 crushed chicken bouillon cubes and a clove of sauted garlic. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/21/2008
I'm thinking that perhaps all the high reviews on this dish are from people who don't regularly make homemade mashed potatoes. I found these to be way too thick and not nearly seasoned enough. I added twice the amount of ranch dressing mix and still the finished dish was way to bland. I also thought there was too much sour cream resulting in a too sour taste. I did add cheese on top and would do that again. I also added a lot of milk to get the proper consistency. Next time I'd either go for triple the ranch dressing or just add more salt and pepper. But really I think next time I'll just make standard homemade mashed potatoes...the ultimate comfort food. Read More
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