Perfect Mashed Potatoes…just in time for Thanksgiving!

Perfect Mashed Potatoes are smooth, silky and so so creamy! This recipe is delicious on it’s own or the perfect accompaniment for dinners with gravy OR even your Thanksgiving table.

Mashed Potatoes
Hi friends! Just wanted to pop in and highlight this recipe and add a few new photos 🙂

This post was originally from 11/18/2011! Man oh man, I’ve been posting recipes for a long while. 

ANYWAYS, since before I was married this is how I’ve been making mashed potatoes: with butter and cream cheese. There is no other way! Scroll down to get the recipe if you feel so inclined to give mine a whirl.

Have a wonderful day!


Now, today also marks the last day of the Thanksgiving posts. Sad day. BUT, no need to be sad for much longer because next week means dessert…and salad. {You’ll know what I’m talking about if you saw my Instagram photo. Also, if you don’t follow me on Instagram yet, hello? What are you waiting for? Find me @laurens_latest.}

So, lets talk potatoes, or les pommes de terre.

Oui oui!

J’aime les pommes de terre!

Where did that come from?

Side note: I speak a little bit of french. I was put into French Immersion in middle school and was required to take some classes in high school, but since moving to the states and not using it AT ALL, I’ve lost the majority of it. Yippity skippity.

WOW. Let’s get back on track, shall we?

So, potatoes.Thanksgiving Mashed Potatoes

They are tasty little devils. Delicious on their own and delightful with gravy. Simple to make when you have the right techniques and right add-ins. I use butter, milk and cream cheese. Yes, cream cheese is my secret. Ever tried mashed potatoes with it? Well, let me tell you, it’s in the life changing category. I’ve never had potatoes quite as creamy and/or tangy. Buttermilk in potatoes is a little too tangy for me and cream and butter together is a little too creamy, especially if you’re going to drown them in gravy. These are the ultimate potatoes, perfect for that gravy slathering with just the right balance of tang and creaminess.

So, lets make some taters!

First, you’ll need some potatoes, salt, pepper, butter, milk and cream cheese. Easy peasy.
Mashed Potatoes Peel your potatoes…a great job for those kiddos.
Mashed Potatoes Chop them up into even pieces and toss them into a nice big pot. {I used the Calphalon Contemporary Bronze Edition Nonstick Stock Pot.} Top with cold water and some salt.
Mashed Potatoes Add a cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook until the potatoes are fork tender, about 20 minutes.
Mashed Potatoes Drain and place back into the pot. Toss in the butter, cream cheese, milk, salt and pepper and give it a smash. I used this potato masher. I like small lumps in my potatoes, so only a minute or two of mashing will do the job.
Mashed Potatoes Spoon these into a bowl and serve them up with  tasty gravy.
Perfect Mashed Potatoes Here’s the recap of Thanksgiving Dinner recipes I did that you’re totally gonna want to check out:

1. Sausage Cornbread Stuffing + the Calphalon Giveaway I was talking about before!
2. Roasting the Perfect Turkey–it’s a showstopper.
3. Making Perfect Gravy–basically liquid gold.
4. Warm Asparagus and Brussels Sprouts Salad–complete with bacon, pomegranate arils and toasted almonds
5. Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Walnut Streusel– uh-maz-ing.

That’s it! Hope you all have a great weekend! Happy smashing!


Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Smooth, silky and so so creamy! This recipe is delicious on it's own or the perfect accompaniment for dinners with gravy OR even your Thanksgiving table.

Yield: 6 servings

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  • 2 pounds Idaho Potatoes
  • 3 Tablespoons Salted Butter
  • 4 ounces, weight Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste


  1. Peel potatoes and rinse them. Cut into even sized pieces and place into a large pot. Cover with water and add a dash of salt. Bring to boil, then reduce to simmer. Cook until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Drain completely and place potatoes back into the hot pot. Mash potatoes with butter, cream cheese, milk, salt and pepper until desired consistency has been reached. Serve warm with gravy.

Mashed Potatoes


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  1. Oh the idea of using cream cheese has never occurred to me! It sounds like it makes for awesome matched potatoes; mine normally seem a bit sad but this definitely perks them up!

  2. Awesome! Going to try these this year. I’ve never used cream cheese before, so I’m excited to try.

  3. I will take a giant bowl please!

  4. Cream cheese is my mother-in-law’s secret (and sometimes she adds sour cream!) These look heavenly!

  5. Perfect indeed! These sound awesome.

  6. I love mashed potatoes!!!

  7. I just discovere your blog, and oh my, I can see lots of new recipes to try in my future.

  8. Looks delicious! I made your cornbread stuffing just last week and it was a hit…can’t wait to try this recipe, too! I’ve never considered putting cream cheese into mashed potatoes, but it totally makes sense :). I’m not usually a fan of potatoes (I’ll eat them, but not often) but these I’ll have to try!

  9. I received your e-mail about the giveaway and responded but I have been having problems with my e-mail. I can only open it intermittently and then I am not able to respond at this point in time. Just checking to see it you received the response on Saturday. Thank you!

  10. I <3 mashed potatoes! They don't even need to be perfectly smooth… but with a dollop of butter or some gravy and I'm in heaven! These look great Lauren!

  11. Absolutely perfect! There’s nothing quite like creamy mashed potatoes!

  12. I’ve used cream cheese in my mashed potatoes for YEARS! It was my grandmother’s recipe. Love the taste and how super creamy it gets without feeling grainy. My husband won’t eat anyone elses. At least I know I’m not the only one anymore!

  13. Love your blog- wonderful recipes! I just got my calphalon copper set, can’t wait to put them to good use!

  14. A dear friend years ago gave me a hint to making mashed potatoes. She said to warm the milk in the microwave keeps the temp warm. I’ve done it ever since just FYI.

  15. Thanks Lauren for the delicious recipes of Irish Stew and Mashed Potatoes. Oh yummers. It’s refreshing to have a place to go to for some new ideas. Most appreciated.

  16. I’ve done this for the past several years. Works great, especially if you make them ahead of time. Usually reheated mashed potatoes are super gross, but with the cream cheese they taste like they were just made! I make mine the night before, stick them in a crock pot and reheat them for dinner. It definitely is one less thing to worry about keeping an eye on, and makes hostessing that much more enjoyable!

  17. This sounds so good but I have one worry…can you taste the cream cheese a lot?

    • The one time I made them, no. They just tasted richer and more yummy!

  18. sour cream and cream cheese with garlic salt on top to lightly brown when you bake it all in the oven…….party potatoes!

  19. The only thing I would add is to use organic Yukon gold potatoes. They are soo good and soo worth it!!!

  20. Definitely is yummy!

  21. I add dried minced garlic (about 1/4 t.) to the water for boiling the potatoes. I love the cream cheese in my mashed potatoes.

  22. Gonna do it! It sounds great. Tusks for your great ideas!

  23. Butter and cream cheese are the ONLY way to make perfect mashed potatoes. You a right, gotta leave a couple chunks. My hubby hates them completely disintegrated! 🙂

  24. I need to serve 10-12. Can I just double this recipe?

  25. Instead of whole milk, use can of carnation milk. mmmm, the best. 🙂

  26. Lauren your blog is my go to site for recipes for any occasion. Thank you for sharing such easy and delicious recipes. I am making these potatoes for Christmas dinner. Yum!!

  27. Hi Lauren! We were just plannng Christmas dinner last night and my husband asked if we should just do pre-made potatoes. Aack!! So, of course, I turn to Lauren’s Latest to find the perfect recipe! can’t wait to try these tangy suckers!! Merry Christmas!!🎁🎄

  28. Cream cheese in mashed potatoes?!? Sold!!

  29. I used your recipe for Thanksgiving this year. I always seem to make “sticky” mashed potatoes and your post helped fix that!

  30. Yummy! Just in time for me to try it for Christmas Eve dinner! Can’t wait! Thanks!

  31. Had this over the weekend with pork tenderloin. Family loved it!

  32. I was looking for a mashed potatoes dish for a meeting at my church. I know how to make them but I want something to wow them with. So i used your recipe and they was off the change. Thanks so much for all your recipes.

  33. My whole family loves these mashed potatoes. I don’t make them any other way now. Thanks for the amazing recipe!

  34. Your recipes are always so good! I’ve made these mashed potatoes a few times! always good!

  35. Butter and cream cheese!?! How can you go wrong 🙂 Can’t wait to try your “Perfect Mashed Potatoes” recipe!

  36. Can you believe I’ve never made mashed potatoes (and I’m 40)! I am going to attempt this recipe for my family’s Christmas Eve lunch (sans the gravy … not a fan of gravy on anything but biscuits). Thanks for the confidence boost … I got this!

  37. Perfect for the holiday season!!

  38. Looks delicious! I will have to try this recipe for Christmas dinner! 🙂



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