Amazing Creamy Mashed Potatoes


This is my go-to mashed potato recipe for all occasions. It’s the ideal make-ahead side dish for holiday meals and family gatherings. It’s guaranteed to get compliments at your dinner table.

Amazing Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a wonderful complement to so many dishes and meals. They’re a definite staple on the dinner table at Christmas and Thanksgiving. And I’ve been known to serve a heaping bowl as a meal all by itself, especially when they are creamy and rich tasting like these potatoes.

These mashed potatoes are so, so good. You’re gonna love ‘em.

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  • It’s so much easier to prepare potatoes using a stock pot with a strainer insert like the one pictured below. When the potatoes are done, I just lift the strainer to drain — no need for a colander and you avoid spills and hot water splashes. Plus, one less dish to clean — gotta love that!
  • If you don’t already have a tabletop mixer, I highly recommend that you invest in one. I have a KitchenAid mixer and it’s a game-changer. I put all ingredients into the mixer equipped with the flat beater, cover with the must-have pouring shield, turn it on, and let it go. While its mixing into a creamy goodness, I’m able to turn my attention onto other things.
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  • I typically double up and make 10 pounds of these potatoes at a time, because leftovers make a surprisingly delicious and quick mustgoes meal.
    • Can’t get enough Traditional Shepherd’s Pie topped with leftovers of these amazing mashed potatoes.
    • My family loves Mashed Baked Potato Soup mustgoes.
  • Store leftover mashed potatoes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. You can also store in the freezer for up to two months; however, I’m not a huge fan of how they taste after freezing.
  • Make these potatoes a day ahead and store in the frig until you’re ready to warm and eat. There are two options for heating: oven or crock pot. For the oven, place potatoes in a glass casserole dish and bake at 350-degrees for 45 minutes or until warmed. If using a crock pot, add them to the pot and cook on low heat, stirring every 30-minutes until warm.
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  • Add kosher salt directly into the boiling water. Not because it makes it boil faster. Boiling with salt helps the overall cooking and enhances the flavor of the potatoes.
  • For creamier potatoes, add a little milk or heavy whipping cream while mashing the potatoes. I recommend the heavy cream for a rich, creamy taste.
  • Add a delicious twist to these potatoes by using red potatoes and leaving on the skin (removing all scarred and bad parts).
Amazingly Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Amazingly Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Recipe by Annette (•‿•)

This recipe is easy and oh, so good. There are only a handful of ingredients and few short steps to follow. Perfect as a make-ahead dish for holiday dinners and large gatherings.

Course: SidesCuisine: American


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  • 5 lbs 5 potatoes

  • 8 oz 8 cream cheese

  • 16 oz 16 sour cream

  • tablespoons kosher salt

  • 2 teaspoons 2 onion powder (optional)


  • Peel, wash, and cut potatoes into about 1″ pieces.
  • Add potatoes to stock pot and cover with water. Bring water to a boil over high heat, then reduce to medium and cook about 10-15 minutes until potatoes are soft and easily pierced with a fork.
  • When potatoes are done, drain and place into a mixing bowl.
  • Add cream cheese and sour cream to the potatoes and mix until creamy.
  • Add onion powder and additional salt, to taste.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and a dollop of butter, as desired.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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  • Enhance the flavor in the potatoes by adding coarse kosher salt directly into the boiling water when cooking.

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