These mashed potatoes are easy, creamy, and dang-near foolproof! They're sure to be a hit at your next gathering.

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easy mashed potatoes

The holidays are just around the corner, and while it’s all about getting together with loved ones, it’s also definitely about the food for me. I’ve got a couple of recipes that totally deserve a spot on your Thanksgiving table (like these spicy maple roasted veggies or corn muffins with maple bacon butter), and I’m excited to add these mashed potatoes to the roster. They are creamy, big on flavor, super easy to make, and basically fool proof. They reheat well, you can totally make them ahead of time, and everyone is sure to love them!

easy mashed potatoes

Making easy mashed potatoes

These potatoes require minimal ingredients but are big on flavor and have the creamy, decadent taste that you crave. To make them, you’ll need:

  • 5 lb potatoes 
  • 8 oz cream cheese 
  • 6 tbsp butter 
  • Salt and pepper 
  • 4 Tsp garlic powder 
  • 1 cup parm 
  • 1/4 cup chives in, plus more for topping 

The first thing about these mashed potatoes is that when you peel them, I like to give them a super rough peel and leave a little bit of skin on. I like the added texture that a little bit of skin gives but find that leaving the potatoes totally skin-on is a little bit too much for me. If you don’t like any skin, peel your potatoes completely. 

Next, chop your potatoes into quarters and add to a large pot of salted boiling water, and boil for 15 to 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender and can be mashed with a fork.

easy mashed potatoes

Drain your potatoes. Add your cream cheese, butter, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and mash together and mix well. Grate in your Parmesan and mix it in so it melts all over. If the mashed potatoes are too thick for your liking, you can thin them out with a bit of milk, cream, or any dairy free milk alternative that you like. Lastly, add your chives, reserving a little bit of extra for topping to make these look pretty. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. You can reheat these by microwaving them for 45 seconds to one minute and mixing well.

easy mashed potatoes

Easy Mashed Potatoes

Jacklin Altman
These easy mashed potatoes are a breeze to make, are big on flavor, and absolutely deserve a spot on your holiday table (and any table frankly – these are sure to be a hit year round)!
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 298 kcal

Equipment

  • Large pot to boil potatoes
  • Potato Masher
  • Large Mixing Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 5 lb potato
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives plus more for topping

Instructions
 

  • Roughly peel potatoes, keeping a bit of skin on. Next, chop your potatoes into quarters, add to a large pot of salted boiling water, and boil for 15 to 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender and can be mashed with a fork.
  • Drain your potatoes. Add your cream cheese, butter, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and mash together and mix well. Grate in your Parmesan and mix it in so it melts all over. If the mashed potatoes are too thick for your liking, you can thin them out with a bit of milk or cream or any dairy free milk alternative that you like.
  • Lastly, add your chives, reserving a little bit of extra for topping to make these look pretty. Serve immediately and enjoy!
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. You can reheat these by microwaving them for 45 seconds to one minute and mixing well.

Nutrition

Calories: 298kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 8gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 250mgPotassium: 844mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 534IUVitamin C: 38mgCalcium: 143mgIron: 2mg
Keyword potatoes, mashed potatoes, thanksgiving, holiday, cream cheese, side dish
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