**Warning: This recipe is made with boxed mashed potatoes, all snooty cooks proceed with caution.**
Whenever I make a recipe that I used to make when I first moved to Charleston and was living on my own I get very nostalgic. I'm not sure why, but I guess partly that it makes me think back to the time when I picked up and moved down here and was just trying to make my way on my own. I used to use All Recipes a lot to find new things to make, and this was one of them. I altered it slightly from the original recipe, like adding cheddar cheese and chives and using ranch dressing instead of the dry mix (I didn't have any on hand). I really like this since it's an easy way to jazz up traditional mashed potatoes. The cream cheese and sour cream make it really smooth and creamy, and the ranch and chives give it an extra little kick!
-1 pouch Betty Crocker buttery mashed potatos, prepared as directed
-3 oz cream cheese, softened
-2 tablespoons ranch dressing
-2 tablespoons sour cream
-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
-1/2 tablespoon dried chives
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Prepare mashed potatoes as directed on box. When potatoes are finished and are still in the pot, add the softened cream cheese, sour cream, ranch, chives, and cheddar cheese and stir to combine. Pour into casserole dish and bake for 20 minutes.
Source: All Recipes