Side Dish For School

Loaded Ranch-Style Mashed Potatoes

  • Ready Time: 25min
    1 Review
  • Prep Time: 15min
    Cook Time: 10min
  • Potato Type: WhiteRusset
  • Serves: 80
    Prep Method: Mashed
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Recipe by: Southern Elementary, Colonial School District, Jessica Neel Nutrition Services Manager

Operator Notes:
I love to find ways to keep students and staff on their toes when participating in school lunches. Kids love mashed potatoes and what better way but to add a garnish of turkey bacon mix in cheddar cheese and voila, you have a recipe for success!
I always keep my phone in my pocket you just never know what you need to capture during prep and serving times. I love tooting our own horn at Southern Elementary you just never know who is watching! My goal is to prove that school lunches are no longer just a school lunch by doing what I love and putting love into my job!


  • 12 bags Mashed potato pearls
  • 12oz Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 1 quart, 1 pint Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
  • 60 slices Turkey Bacon, Diced
  • 1/8 cup Parsley, Dried Flake

Prep Time: 15min | Cook Time: 10min

  1. In 6 large pans, add 2 gallons of boiling water to each
  2. Add dry ranch dressing seasoning to water, stir 2 oz. of ranch seasoning to each pan
  3. While slowly stirring pour contents of 2 bags of pearls into each pan
  4. Mix thoroughly until all water has been absorbed by pearls
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and place in steamer for about 5-10 minutes. This will ensure all pearls have dissolved and create smooth consistency and temp is 140°
  6. Top with cheese and chopped bacon. Garnish with the dried parsley. Serve using a #8 scoop

Meal Contribution: ½ cup starchy vegetable


Add additional vegetables like peas ,carrots, and corn for a tasty veggie mix up. Or try these toppings on baked frozen potatoes like fries and tots.



1 Review

Tracy Abercrombie 3 years ago

I am going to try this my students love potatoes too. always looking for different ideas.

Tracy Abercrombie 3 years ago

I am going to try this my students love potatoes too. always looking for different ideas.

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