Ok, so they aren't technically magical, but they are pretty darn good and always get eaten up in my house. Feel privileged. I am sharing my secret! (My husband calls them "love potatoes" because he says the reason they are so good is because of the amount of love I put into them-goof.)
picture from flickr by Nisha A
Chrissie's Magical Mashed Potatoes
(Makes a huge post of mashed potatoes-I never really paid attention to how many servings, but my best guess is 10-12)
10-12 Medium potatoes, peeled and cut in half
about a cup of ranch dressing
1/2 cup milk
2 cups shredded cheese
2 Tbsp dried chives
1. Boil potatoes until soft, but not super mushy and drain. Put back into pot.
2. Hand mash (not with a mixer) to break up larger chunks. Add cheese and mash together.
3. Add milk and ranch
4. hand mash or use a mixer (I always hand mash-I like a chunkier texture with my mashed potatoes, not a puree)
5. Add a dash of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and add chives. Mix well and adjust to your tastes.
My family thinks these are so good they don't even need gravy, but you are welcome to eat with gravy :)