Delicious, Creamy Mashed Potatoes

by Amy on 11 December 2013

Creamy Mashed PotatoesOne of my favorite things about the holiday season is all the wonderful food served around the holiday table. Scrumptious roasts, glazed hams, roasted chickens, succulent pork tenderloins – I love them all. And then, of course, there are the amazing sides that accompany those main dishes – oven-roasted veggies, wonderful stuffings + dressings + grains, + my personal favorite: the potatoes! I was put in charge of making mashed potatoes for our family Thanksgiving this year + took to Facebook to ask for your suggestions on what type to make.

Y’all had some amazing suggestions, but one recipe that kept popping up was The Pioneer Woman’s Delicious, Creamy Mashed Potatoes. In that recipe, either Russets or Yukon Golds are boiled, then mashed simply with lots of butter, heavy cream, cream cheese, seasoned salt, salt, + pepper. They looked simple + delicious, so I gave ’em a try. And y’all, they were SO good. So creamy, so rich, so buttery – they are as decadent + comforting as mashed potatoes can be. The cream cheese is what makes them special, adding a lovely, slightly tangy flavor, + a silky, rich texture. So, if you’re looking for a fab mashed potato recipe to try soon, look no further, + give this one a try!

Delicious, Creamy Mashed Potatoes

serves 12, adapted from The Pioneer Woman


2 sticks unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pan
5 pounds Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter a 4-quart baking dish.

Peel and cut the potatoes into chunks. Bring a large pot of water to a simmer and add the potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

Drain the potatoes in a large colander. Place them back into the dry pot and put the pot on the stove. Mash the potatoes over low heat, allowing all the steam to escape before adding in all the other ingredients.

Turn off the heat and add 1 1/2 sticks butter, the cream cheese, heavy cream, seasoned salt, kosher salt and pepper. Mash to combine.

Spread the potatoes in the prepared baking dish. Throw pats of the remaining butter over the top of the potatoes and bake until the butter is melted and the potatoes are warmed through, 20 to 30 minutes.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 danielle December 11, 2013 at 8:51 am

I love adding cream cheese to my mashed potatoes – goat cheese is pretty amazing too.

2 Kelly December 11, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Yum, I love mashed potatoes and yours looks so creamy and delicious! I love the tang from the cream cheese in here, thanks for sharing Amy :)

3 Monet December 11, 2013 at 10:12 pm

I needed a good mashed potato recipe. Now I have it! These look creamy and delicious. Oh so good! Thank you for sharing!

4 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker December 12, 2013 at 2:51 am

I have a weakness for mash potatoes! And I love using heavy cream and cream cheese here. YUM, love that creamy goodness. Thanks for sharing this with us Amy. Have a good rest of the week!

5 Kathryn December 12, 2013 at 3:21 pm

These sound so wonderful and rich; perfect for a holiday side!

6 Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat. December 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm

I LOVE mashed potatoes. I will totally pick another serving of them over dessert! These look amazing and I can’t wait to try them.

7 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking December 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Oh Amy, these look incredible! I love that you added heavy cream and cream cheese! These must be the fluffiest, softest mashed potatoes ever. A must-try in my kitchen!

8 Beth December 13, 2013 at 5:17 pm

What a delicious side dish!

9 Kumar's Kitchen December 13, 2013 at 6:48 pm

we love potatoes…we love cream cheese and the two combined in this dish is a terrific idea…some dishes are classics and ever charming & this is absolutely one such,thanks :-)

10 sarah k @ the pajama chef December 14, 2013 at 11:13 am

these look beautiful! i’m not a huge mashed potatoes girl, but i’d eagerly eat these :)

11 Anna (Hidden Ponies) December 15, 2013 at 1:37 am

I love cream cheese or sour cream in my mashed potatoes – just the right tang! These look worthy of the fanciest holiday table.

12 wendy (the weekend gourmet) December 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm

i’ve never had cream cheese in mashed potatoes, but I’m betting it’s fabulous! can’t wait to give this recipe a try!!

13 Kirsten December 15, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Cream cheese rocks in mashed potatoes! I like to put mine in the crock pot to free up room in the oven–and my family requests these potatoes all year long.
Your photo is terrific!

14 Amy (Savory Moments) December 16, 2013 at 6:42 am

These potatoes look so good! Potatoes are one of my most favorite foods. You can’t go wrong with 2 sticks of butter 😉

15 Sarah & Arkadi December 16, 2013 at 8:57 am

Definitely creamy! Excellent!

16 Gintare @Gourmantine December 16, 2013 at 9:32 am

I’d probably skip the main and just stick to the bowl of this goodness! :)

17 Adri December 16, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I love mashed potatoes, and I bet these are great! I just make them with russets, heated milk, butter, salt and pepper! These new additions sound fab!

18 ATasteOfMadness December 16, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I love anything potato. This looks SO good!

19 Emily @ Life on Food December 16, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Nothing beats a big bowl of mashed potatoes on a cold winter night. This is a winner!

20 Danni December 27, 2013 at 7:12 pm

This is how I have made my Holiday potatoes for 20 years. Very indulgent and delicious! Love your blog. :-)

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