Russian Potatoes

Updated: Jul 12


I'll be honest, I have no idea why these mashed potatoes are considered Russian, but it's what my family has always called them! They are an amazing fancied-up side dish that is so simple, you may never look at mashed potatoes the same way again. Think of a loaded baked potato, but in mashed form. I love making these when I have leftover mashed potatoes, like after Thanksgiving. They are so special, your kiddos will never know you served them leftovers!!

Russian Potatoes

Serves 6


8 cups mashed potatoes (preferably made with 1/2 cup butter and 1/4 cup milk)

1 cup sour cream

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

2 tablespoons dried chives (or 1/2 cup chopped fresh chives)

2 tablespoons milk (add if it needs more moisture), optional

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 lb. cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)


In a large bowl, mix the mashed potatoes, sour cream, garlic powder, chives, milk, and salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Spoon into a greased 8" baking dish (or 2 quart casserole). Sprinkle top with shredded cheese. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes, or until cheese is melted and potatoes are heated through.

Step-by-step tutorial:


Gather your ingredients. You'll need about 8 cups prepared mashed potatoes, sour cream, garlic powder, chives, milk (optional), salt and pepper, and cheddar cheese.


Place the mashed potatoes in a large mixing bowl. They don't have to be hot. I often use leftover mashed potatoes for this recipe. Add 1 cup sour cream.


Add 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder.......


.....and 2 tablespoons dried chives.


Add salt and pepper, then whip all together.


Spoon the potato mixture into a greased baking dish.


Cover the top with shredded cheddar cheese (about 1/2 lb. or 2 cups shredded).



Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and potatoes are heated through.


You are going to fall in love with this easy, but tasty way to prepare potatoes! I love using leftover mashed potatoes to make this, then if there are any leftover Russian Potatoes, I claim them for lunch!



Recipe Source: Shanna's recipe box

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