This recipe is a family favorite. It was recipe my Mom adapted from a cookbook in her culinary library written by Dorothy Bridges, Lloyd Bridges’ wife, and mother of Beau and Jeff Bridges.
There are a number of recipes like this on the internet and you’ll notice different ratios of cream cheese and sour cream verses the amount of potatoes. This determines the level of desired tanginess, like when you add sour cream to a baked potato. Mrs. Bridges’ recipe calls for 1 pound of potatoes. My mom did the recipe using 2 pounds. Also, the original recipe had a few more steps, adding the butter to the hot potatoes, then whipping the cream cheese and sour cream in a blender before folding them in. To simplify the recipe my mom added the butter, cream cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper to the hot potatoes in the pot, and whipped them all together with a hand mixer. I’ve included another simple way of doing the recipe where you still follow the original recipe of whipping the cream cheese and sour cream.
Dorothy Bridges’ Party Potatoes
- 2 pounds (6 5″) russet potatoes (1 tablespoon of salt for the cooking water)
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Set out the butter, cream cheese and sour cream to soften. Peel potatoes and quarter lengthwise; cut crosswise 1/2 inch thick and put into a pot of enough cold water to cover them by 1 inch. Add 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cook until potatoes are just tender (not falling apart too much), about 20 minutes. Pour potatoes and water through a colander, then return potatoes to the pot. Stir over medium-high heat about 30 seconds until dry. Remove from heat.
Method 1 (hand mixer): Add the cream cheese mixture and salt and pepper to the pot and use a hand mixer to blend them.
Method 2 (free standing mixer): Put the butter, cream cheese and sour cream in the mixing bowl and beat until smooth and fluffy. Add the potatoes (rice them if you want to get rid of any lumps) along with salt and pepper and whip them until blended.
Spoon the potatoes into buttered casserole. Sprinkle lightly with paprika. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 30 minutes.