Perfect Mashed Potatoes…just in time for Thanksgiving!

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.Mashed Potatoes Final 1

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.
Potatoes Ingredients Peel your potatoes…a great job for those kiddos.
Potatoes peeled 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.
Potatoes 2 Add a cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook until the potatoes are fork tender, about 20 minutes.
Potatoes lid 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.
Potatoes masher Spoon these into a bowl and serve them up with  tasty gravy.
Mashed Potatoes Final 2 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

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.



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  1. I am so making these on Dec. 23rd for our annual Friends dinner, along with the brussels sprouts/asparagus sald!

  2. I never thought to use cream cheese! I am going to use it tomorrow when I make these. Thank you!

  3. Perfect Mashed Potatoes are superb! I have made them several times and sometimes I add three or four whole garlic cloves to the boiling water the last seven minutes the potatoes are cooking.
    My son says my potatoes are better than most restaurants! They are the BEST!

  4. Hi!! Love all the recipes..especially the lemon ones. I made these potatoes for our Christmas dinner and everyone raved them!
    Thanks so much and you have a beautiful family. Sue 🙂

  5. Everyone loved these at our Christmas dinner yesterday!! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family! Thanks, Sue 🙂

  6. I am looking forward to the perfect mash potatoes for Christmas dinner

  7. YUM!! Thank you for sharing. I have already printed it off and will be using it with one of my dinner plans this week. So excited!! 🙂

  8. These really are perfect mashed potatoes

  9. Can’t wait to try this for Christmas!

  10. I never thought to add cream cheese to mashed potatoes! Yum x 10! I am going to make these for Christmas dinner.

  11. These look so good! We love using cream cheese in our potatoes!

  12. Just tried these. Delicious
    I’ve been married 57 years and I never thought of using cream cheese. I will from now on. You can teach an old dog new tricks. Thanks

  13. Awesome Recipe and Looks Yummy!!! perfect mashed potatoes. Thank you so much.

  14. Wow i will love to try them tonight on my dinner. All of them looks really delicioous.



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