Friday, November 11, 2016

Best Ever Mashed Potatoes

The Best Ever Mashed Potatoes are rich and creamy with the perfect texture and flavor. A decadent side dish fit for a special occasion with a simple recipe that makes them easy enough to make any night of the week. With make ahead instructions these are the ultimate mashed potatoes!

Growing up my favorite dinners were ones that corn and mashed potatoes were served. Whether it was meatloaf or chicken my picky palate was so happy to see mashed taters and corn on my plate. Well as I grew up my picky palate has become a little more refined but I still
can't get enough of mashed potatoes and corn.

Although at Thanksgiving dinner, you will see my plate heavy with stuffing, mashed potatoes and corn, I will take a small piece of turkey.  It is Thanksgiving after all. My daughter takes after me as a carbivore. We have to get really creative to make sure she is getting enough protein. I mean I can't blame her. Look at those potatoes. {{{slurp}}}

We went to KFC drive through the other night because Munchkin and I were feeling under the weather. What do I want when I don't feel good? Taters! And again, Munchkin is exactly like me. Funny thing is, we got home and cracked them open. I started eating my KFC potatoes and Munchkin turned to me and said with the saddest face: I don't like these Mommy. I want your potatoes.

Yes, my heart melted a little. At 4 my girl knows how special Mommy's mashed potatoes are. Well, needless to say the next night (as we were both still not feeling well). I had to whip up my Best Ever Mashed Potatoes for us and they did not disappoint!

So, what is so magical about these potatoes? They are thick and creamy mashed potatoes with little chunks of potato through out. Made with cream cheese, sour cream, heavy cream and butter these potatoes are certainly fit for a special occasion, but are simple enough to be whipped up any night. A hint of garlic gives these potatoes the perfect flavor and trust me your family will be begging for them again and again.


With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 


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Best Ever Mashed Potatoes
SERVES 12  |  ACTIVE TIME 20 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 40 Min

5 pounds red potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
4 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Optional garnish: chives, chopped

Place the potatoes into a large pot, and cover with salted water.  Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Reduce heat to medium and cook until fork tender (meaning they break apart when you put a fork into a potato), approximately 15 minutes. 

Drain water. Return the potatoes to the pot. Turn heat to high, and allow the potatoes to dry for about 30 seconds. Turn off the heat.

Add remaining ingredients. Begin mashing the potatoes with a potato masher. Mash until they are your desired consistency. 

Serve and enjoy! Top with chives if desired.

DONNA'S NOTES: I prefer my potatoes a little chunky, but mash until you like them. If you prefer them extra fluffy you can use an electric mixer on about half power for about 2 minutes. Then stir and scrape down side and them mix for another minute.

To make ahead. Prepare ahead and refrigerate. Place in slow cooker the day you wish to serve 2-4 hours before hand. Add 1/2 cup milk and stir. Cover and stir occasionally.

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
Copyright ©2014 The Slow Roasted Italian – All rights reserved.

Originally published 11/12/14


  1. Awesome list! Thank you!! Pinning it!!

  2. Thanks for posting this today. I am actually making "real" mashed taters for the first time in a very long time today for a large group of ladies. (intimidating to say the least). Your version sounds very tasty so am going to give it a try. Wish me luck! Hope you and your daughter are feeling better soon.

  3. Great looking mashed taters! These would go great with a slow roasted prime rib and if a little au jus mixed in with the potatoes I wouldn't cry ;)

  4. I am definitely making this for thanksgiving!

  5. Sounds delish and potatoes are my absolute favorite! Maybe I missed it, but high or low temp in the slow cooker the day of serving?

    1. Hi JennMac415! My favorite too. You are going to love them. Place make ahead potatoes in slow cooker on low with 1/2 cup of milk the day of and cook for 2-3 hours. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

  6. I made them today. They are wonderful! Thanks so much for the awesome recipe!!!!


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