Potatoes are one of the world’s greatest foods, and thanks to this recipe, they are about to get a whole lot better. Creamy, cheesy, fatty and rich, this recipe for party potatoes should make for a filling and comforting dish to share with friends and family.
Sometimes called Funeral potatoes, party potatoes are the ultimate side dish to serve and feed a big gathering.
Whether to help comfort the grieving by filling them up with fat and carbs or just to line their stomachs in anticipation of a big game day, party potatoes are one dish that everyone is going to be happy to see being served to them.
Just keep in mind that this isn’t exactly the healthiest dish out there. When eating party potatoes, it is best to simply turn off your calorie counter app and not think about it.
Party Potatoes Ingredients
Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.
• Large potatoes
• Sour cream
• Cream cheese
• Onion salt
• Garlic powder
• Bread crumbs
• Sharp Cheddar cheese
How To Make Party Potatoes
• Grease a 2-quart casserole dish and then set aside
• Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil
• Peel the potatoes and slice them in half
• Cook the potatoes in the boiling water until tender
• Drain the potatoes and then transfer them to a large mixing bowl
• Mash the potatoes until smooth, and then stir in the sour cream, cream cheese, onion salt, garlic powder, and chives
• Pour into the greased casserole dish and spread it out evenly
• Mix the butter and the dry bread crumbs together and sprinkle them evenly over the potatoes
• Bake for 40 minutes, or until it is heated completely through
• Top with the grated cheese and garnish with chopped green chives and then serve
What Kind Of Potatoes Should You Use For This Recipe?
This recipe is basically a super dense and enriched casserole dish's worth of mashed potatoes that have been baked and topped with cheese and other goodies.
Seeing as it is so close to mashed potatoes, you should strive to use the same kind of potatoes in this recipe as you would for making normal mashed potatoes.
Go for ones with a high starch content, like Russets or any potato typically advertised for making mashed potatoes.
You definitely want to avoid those potatoes advertised as “red,” “new,” or “waxy.” Each of these descriptors means that the potatoes won't mash up well and will result in a sort of gummy, unpleasant waxiness when you try and bake them altogether.
Stick to the classic potatoes, and you can't go far wrong.
Could You Cut Down The Calories For This Dish?
No one could describe a dish made entirely out of dairy and potatoes as being particularly healthy or low in calories.
For those that make the fatal error of attempting to count all of the calories that go into making this great party meal, it might be tempting to try and figure out ways to lower the total caloric content of the dish in the hope of looking for a slightly healthier meal that doesn’t make you feel as guilty for eating it.
It is possible to try and make a few small substitutions: you could sub out the butter for an equivalent amount of margarine, for example, which is typically lower in calories.
You could get low-fat cream cheese and low-fat sour cream, robbing yourself of calories as well as flavor.
The real trick I finding some kind of alternative for all of the cheese. Not only do very few things actually taste like cheese the way a good, sharp Cheddar does, but it is also pretty hard to replicate the texture that melted cheese contributes.
To try and find a use for the cheese flavor, you could borrow a leaf from the vegetarians and vegans out there and use nutritional yeast. This flaky, powdery flake of yellow is basically dried yeast cells that have been salted and crumbled. They have a surprisingly cheesy, savory flavor, and it makes for a pretty good approximation of the taste of cheese.
However, the best thing to do is to probably just not try to lower the calories in this dish, to begin with.
You could cut a couple of hundred calories from the dish, but you would rob it of its essence and its core flavors.
Instead, just bite the bullet and accept that eating some party potatoes is never going to be a healthy decision. Try and make up for it with some extra exercise and a good diet for the rest of the week.
Some things in life are meant to be enjoyed and appreciated; just load up your plate, close My Fitness Pal and enjoy your potatoes.
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- Prep Time
- 20 minutes
- Cook Time
- 50 minutes
- Side Dish
- Karlynn Johnston
- 9 large russet potatoes (4 cups mashed)
- 1 cup sour cream
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon chives (minced)
- ¼ cup bread crumbs (dry)
- 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 2 quart casserole dish, and set aside.
- Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Peel the potatoes, slice potatoes in half. Cook potatoes in boiling water until tender. Drain, and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
- Mash the potatoes until smooth, stir in the sour cream, cream cheese, onion salt, garlic powder and chives.
- Pour into the greased casserole dish and spread out evenly.
- Mix the butter and the dry bread crumbs together and sprinkle evenly over the potatoes.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes until it is heated through.
- Top with the grated cheese and garnish with chopped green chives and serve.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.