Easy Unbelievable Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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Here’s an amazing quick and easy recipe for the best homemade mashed potatoes you’ll ever make.

This is the perfect side dish to serve with healthy ground turkey meatloaf. You can’t beat the nutrition and taste of made-from-scratch mashed taters!

Close-up of homemade mashed potatoes being served as a side with steak and corn

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A Simple Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Making food homemade always tastes better than shortcut, processed food – and this recipe proves it! The rich, creamy flavors from butter and cream cheese bring out the natural sweetness in the Yukon potatoes.

You won’t find an easier – and tastier – mashed potatoes recipe anywhere.

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Easy mashed potatoes with cream cheese fresh from the oven

How To Make Creamy, Fluffy, Mashed Potatoes

The secret ingredient is… cream cheese. That’s right, you can add cream cheese to these mashed potatoes and they’re delicious!

Kitchen Tools

Here’s what you’ll need from the store. The exact amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Medium Saucepan
  • Potato Masher
  • Baking Dish

Ingredients

  • Yukon Gold potatoes
  • Cream cheese
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Milk
Easy mashed potatoes with cream cheese fresh from the oven

Rich Mashed Potato Tips

This recipe uses just a few basic easy steps to the most unbelievable mashed potatoes you’ll ever make. Here are a few tips to help you out.

A bowl of raw potatoes in a glass bowl, ready to be made into mashed potatoes

Best Type Of Potatoes To Use

You’ll want to start with Yukon Gold potatoes, a smaller-sized potato known for their buttery, creamy flavor and texture. About 10-12 potatoes will work perfectly.

Adding cream cheese and milk into a pot of boiled potatoes

Is it better to boil potatoes whole for mashed potatoes?

You can, but you don’t have to. If you cut up the potatoes first, they will soften and boil faster. It will save you time.

But other people have found that boiling the potatoes whole makes it easier to peel them because the peels fall off the boiled potatoes.

Try it both ways and use your favorite option.

Using a potato masher to make mashed potatoes in a large pot

Should you peel potatoes for mashed potatoes?

This is a personal preference – both options work perfectly.

This recipe calls for peeled potatoes, but to save time, you can always leave a little skin on the tops and bottoms of the peeled potatoes.

The skin on Yukon Gold potatoes is also very creamy and naturally delicious.

Easy mashed potatoes ready to be put in the oven

Bake or heat on the stove

The reason we baked the mashed potatoes is because we wanted to heat up the cream cheese completely after adding it. But you can heat it up in the sauce pan too. If you heat it up on the stove, remember to stir it constantly so it doesn’t burn.

Aerial view of easy mashed potatoes being served as a side with steak and corn

Add your favorite spices and herbs

What are the best herbs to add to mashed potatoes?

Feel free to add other flavors, such as onion or garlic. Add 1/2 teaspoon of onion or garlic powder to the recipe.

Easy mashed potatoes with cream cheese fresh from the oven

What To Eat With Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a favorite side dish to serve with a baked pork roast. Honestly, you can eat them with any main entree. Try them with some grilled chicken or pork chops!

Aerial view of easy mashed potatoes being served as a side with steak and corn
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Easy Unbelievable Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Print Recipe
This is a homely one bowl recipe easy to make, full of flavor and always a crowd pleaser!
Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Total Time:50 minutes

SERVINGS

4

Equipment

  • Large Pot
  • Potato Masher
  • Glass Baking Dish

Ingredients

  • 10-12 Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Peel potatoes and cut into quarters.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add potatoes. Reduce heat and let potatoes simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Drain water and return potatoes to the large pot and add the cream cheese, butter, milk, and salt. Use a potato masher and mash them to a nice creamy texture.
  • Grease a glass baking dish and add potato mixture. Bake in oven for 30 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 576kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 551mg | Potassium: 1879mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 957IU | Vitamin C: 84mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy mash, mashed potato, vegetarian meal
Servings: 4
Calories: 576kcal

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