Party Potatoes

Party PotatoesPhew!  What a long couple of weeks!  But alas, I am back with a recipe for you.  Actually, I had three recipes previously that I was very excited to share, but none of them were quite worthy.  I can’t quite bring myself to post a recipe that could still be improved or tweaked to make it better.  The point of this blog is not to just post a recipe that I randomly tried or created and it just happened to work out.  Will it be the same next time?  Will the onion flavor in that dip become overpowering if made a day ahead?  Do those brownies get crumbly if you bake them too long?  These are the kinds of questions I like to have answers to before I post a recipe here.  I won’t pass it on unless I think it is the best version it could be.  I want you to be able to trust this blog in that it will work for you and be good.  Every time.

That said, this recipe is definitely reliable.  I have been eating it for years and years.  My Aunt Mary, a fabulous cook herself, passed this on to me when I was in my early twenties and although it has kind of evolved over the years, I still make it for a crowd.  Who doesn’t love creamy, baked mashed potatoes?  It goes with everything and is absolutely perfect when you need to bring a dish to pass.  And since they can be made ahead of time-an option I always love-it is a comfy side dish that is ready when you are.  Truly a Party Potato!

Please excuse the extra toasty cheese in these pictures.  I was getting ready for a party (and yes, I brought these ‘party potatoes’) and the dish got left in the oven a minute or two too long!  But still yummy!  Yours will be more melty and gooey on top.
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Party Potatoes
Adapted from Mary Zeug
There are a lot of different versions of this dish, but I really like the flavor of this one.

3 pounds potatoes, peeled, steamed and mashed or 4 c mashed potatoes
1-8 oz pkg cream cheese
1 c sour cream
1 T snipped chives
1 c shredded cheddar cheese
1 clove finely minced garlic

Mix all ingredients together until smooth.  Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.  Spread into a greased baking dish.  (These can be made up to this point a day in advance.  Just cover and chill and then bake.)  Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes or until very hot.  If baking from the fridge, it will take a bit longer.  Sprinkle the top with extra grated cheese and melt in the oven for the last few minutes.  Garnish with fresh chives if desired.