Ranch Mashed Potatoes – No Gravy Needed

I recently discovered this great Ranch Mashed Potatoes recipe. No gravy needed! With the cheese, Ranch dressing, sour cream, and butter they’re delicious without gravy.

Plain mashed potatoes can get pretty bland if you serve them two or three times a week.

When I was growing up there was never just mashed potatoes. There were “taters and gravy”. We always had gravy.

These Ranch Mashed potatoes don’t need gravy! They make a great addition to any type of meat main dish and works well for leftovers.

Be sure follow Foodgasm Recipes on Pinterest for more great recipes.

Ranch Mashed Potatoes
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Easy to make and needs no gravy! Perfect for something different in the mashed potato category. 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 280 kcal
  • 8 baking potatoes peeled and quartered
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1 ounce package dry Ranch-style dressing mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain and mash.
  2. In a large bowl beat the cream cheese and dressing mix until smooth. Stir in mashed potatoes, sour cream and butter; beat until desired consistency is reached.

Be sure to follow Foodgasm Recipes on Pinterest for more great recipes.

Tips and Tidbits About Ranch Mashed Potatoes

Selecting The Right Potato

You should avoid waxy varieties like Red Bliss or any of the fingerling types. What you want for the best-mashed potatoes are varieties that have a high starch content. These will break down and absorb dairy better than the low starch varieties.

For fluffier mashed potatoes, use starchy potatoes, like Russets or Yukon Golds. Or better yet, use a combination of both.

Don’t Over Mash Potatoes

When potatoes are mashed they release their starch. The more you work the potatoes, the more starch gets released. When too much starch gets released, the potatoes become gummy, gluey, and unappetizing.

Overworking the potatoes can happen in a couple of ways: either by simply handling them too much, or by using a food processor, blender, or similar tool, which mixes the potatoes too aggressively.

Limit the amount you handle the potatoes. It’s best to use a ricer or food mill for fluffy, lump-free mashed potatoes.

Up Next: 

Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes

Be sure to follow Foodgasm Recipes on Pinterest for more great recipes.

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Have you ever boiled eggs and discovered that they weren’t “pretty” once you peeled them? What about nicking off half the egg because you couldn’t get the shell off?

These are the two most frustrating things about cooking hard-boiled eggs. The yolk isn’t pretty and the shell is difficult to get off.

Now, before you decide to head over to the grocery to purchase those overpriced and convenient hard boiled eggs; check out how easy it is to get them perfect at home-every time.

When you do it right, not only do you have an exquisitely yellow center but you also have a hard boiled egg that is easy to peel.

There are 3 things to keep in mind:

Eggs must not be fresh (10+ days)
Don’t let them boil forever, and
After cooking, cool the eggs quickly to “shock” them.

If you remember to do this, you’ll have perfect, beautiful eggs every single time.

To help you long we have a how-to video plus complete written instructions and then we have a Tips and Tidbits section. Enjoy!

Click the NEXT arrow to watch the video.

next arrow resized

Souped Up Ranch Potatoes – Delicious

The original Ranch Potatoes recipe is very good but for the perfect potato side dish, I think this Souped Up Ranch Potatoes recipe can’t be beaten!


The original Ranch Potatoes were only potatoes coated with oil and then Ranch Dressing and roasted in the oven.

This version is a casserole dish that combines cubed potatoes with a ranch/cream of mushroom soup sauce, cheese, and bacon.

Those ingredients alone should be enough to hint that this recipe is pretty good.

Be sure to like Foodgasm on Pinterest for more great recipes.

Souped Up Ranch Potatoes
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
42 mins
Total Time
1 hr 12 mins

You'll kick regular Ranch Potatoes to the curb once you try this souped up version! 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 325 kcal
  • 8-10 medium potatoes
  • 1 can of condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 envelope dry ranch dressing mix
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 bacon slices cooked until crispy and crumbled
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 casserole with cooking spray.
  2. Cut the potatoes into 1/2 cubes. Place them in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until the potatoes are almost tender. Drain.
  3. Grease a 13×9 inch casserole dish.
  4. In a mixing bowl combine the cream of mushroom soup, milk, ranch dressing, 1 cup of the cheese, and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Pour the mixture over potatoes in the casserole dish.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining cup of cheese and the crumbled bacon over the top.
  7. Place into the oven and bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.


Enjoy these Souped Up Ranch Potatoes!

Up Next:

Five Minute Microwaved Mashed Potatoes

Be sure to follow Foodgasm on Pinterest for more great recipes.

Hasselback Garlic Potatoes With Bacon & Cheese Recipe!

Hasselback Garlic Potatoes is like having all of your potato dreams come true at once: these potatoes have the crispy edges of your favorite french fries, but with middles as creamy as mashed potatoes — plus the added bonus of being, essentially, wholesome baked potatoes in clever disguise.

Hasselback Garlic Potatoes

The hasselback potato is clearly the most impressive spud to ever call itself a side dish.

Want one more reason to make them tonight?

How about the fact that despite their frilly fancy-pants appearance, they take no more time and just a little more effort than your average foil-wrapped baked potato.

Be sure to Follow Foodgasm Recipes on Pinterest for more great recipes!

Hasselback Garlic Potatoes With Bacon & Cheese Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 40 mins

A potato side dish that sure to impress even though it's really easy to make! 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 360 kcal
  • 16 ounces potatoes
  • 3 to 5 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and fresh black pepper
  • Fresh chives diced
  • Bacon cut into large chunks
  • Shredded Cheese of your choice- 1-cup
  • Sour Cream
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Using a wooden spoon as a cradle, place each potato in the spoon and make several parallel slits into each potato top making sure not to slice completely through.
  3. Place 3 garlic slices between slits at the crown of each potato. Toss in a medium bowl with butter and olive oil.
  4. Place on a baking sheet lined with foil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and place in the oven.
  5. When the potatoes begin to “fan out” it’s time to make the magic happen. Carefully slip a hunk of bacon into each slit of the potato like so and continue to cook.
  6. Once the potatoes and bacon are fully cooked (use a knife poke test), coat the potatoes with a heaping helping of shredded cheese.
  7. Bake until tops are crispy and potatoes are cooked through, about 1 hour.
Recipe Notes

Transfer to a platter and top with Herbed Sour Cream and chives.

Herbed Sour Cream:

1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Season, to taste, and refrigerate until use.

Be sure to Follow Foodgasm Recipes on Pinterest for more great recipes!