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Mashed Potatoes Recipe With Cream Cheese - Thanksgiving Recipes

Updated on June 12, 2011
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Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe With Cream Cheese - Thanksgiving Recipes Made Easy

This mashed potatoes recipe with cream cheese is indulgent. Also called creamed potatoes, these are the best mashed potatoes. They are indeed creamy, fluffy, and filling. They go beyond plain mashed potatoes. While I wouldn't recommend making these mashed potatoes every week, they are a great side dish recipe for Thanksgiving, holidays, or special occasions.

Since this mashed potatoes recipe uses no butter, the dish is no more fattening than regular mashed potatoes. Plus, they are so flavorful, that they need no gravy. They taste like a gourmet dish that took a lot of fussing. But the truth is, this is a very easy mashed potatoes recipe to make for your Thanksgiving dinner menu.

Ingredients for Mashed Potatoes With Cream Cheese

Mashed Potatoes Recipe Ingredients for 4 Servings

This recipe for mashed potatoes used few ingredients:

  • 2 pounds new red potatoes, cut into quarters
  • 1/2 cup garlic and herbs flavored cream cheese spread
  • 3 tablespoons evaporated milk, cream or milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Pinch of salt and pepper, or to taste

How to Make Mashed Potatoes With Cream Cheese

Place the potatoes in a pot in boiling water on the stove. Continue to boil for 15 minutes or so. The potatoes will be done when they feel tender using a fork to test them.

Drain the potatoes. Add the cream cheese and milk.

Mash the potatoes until they are smooth, fluffy, and creamy. Use either a hand masher or a mixer.

Serve right away.

These homemade mashed potatoes are so easy to make, you may never use instant mashed potatoes again!

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Mashed Potatoes Recipe Tips (Creamed Potatoes Down South)

You can use any type of potato you like, but I prefer new red potatoes.

Also, you aren't limited to garlic and herbs flavored cream cheese spread. You can use other flavors, such as chives and onions or even use plain cream cheese. Try flavors like sundried tomato and basil for a true gourmet taste.

You can also add other ingredients- Cheddar cheese, crumbled and cooked bacon, a bit of butter or sour cream, etc. Experiment and have fun cooking. You could end up with your own special signature dish!

Regarding the information above, don't do your recipe experiments with an important meal. It's better to try out new recipe variations before adding them to your Thanksgiving dinner menu or other special occasion meal.

To cut down on calories, you may reduced fat cream cheese and/or skim milk.

You can peel the potatoes if you like. But I don't. I just clean them well and leave the peels on. The peel contains most of the nutritional value of potatoes, plus it contains fiber.

Make the mashed potatoes last, right before eating. Very few dishes taste worse than cold mashed potatoes, in my opinion.

If you have any leftover mashed potatoes, don't throw them away. Use them the next day to make potato pancakes!

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    • bryanbaldwin profile image


      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and this recipe looks incredible.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      My son has been adding cream cheese to his mashed potatoes for years. It is a great flavor booster. Your recipe is nicely detailed. Voted up.

    • shampa sadhya profile image

      Shampa Sadhya 

      6 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and useful!

      Loved the recipe and I'll try it in the near future. Thanks for sharing!

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Asia

      Great suggestion for a new twist to thanksgiving, a holiday that looks great, but we unfortunately do not have!

      Thanks for SHARING your recipe.

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      Laurel Rogers 

      7 years ago from Grizzly Flats, Ca

      I gained 20 lbs. simply reading this hub! Fabulous recipe, Angela-I won't be waiting for Thanksgiving to make it, either. ;)

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      7 years ago

      The food is good cool but it went good ba

    • stars439 profile image


      8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Great recipe. GBY

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      8 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      Wow - that sounds so heavenly! I can't wait to try it out this Thanksgiving!

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      Angela Harris 

      8 years ago from Around the USA

      Thanks, msorensson, Papernotes, lyjo, and Eiddwen. Hope you like them. I get tired of the same old mashed potatoes, and these are a nice change.

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      8 years ago from Wales

      This is a must!! I love mashed potatoes and it is nice to try out a different recipe. Can't wait to taste it so thank you for sharing this recipe.

      Take care Angela.

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      8 years ago

      These look & sound absolutely delicious, will definately be trying these, I have always made mine with a bit of garlic, sour cream, and sometimes add shredded cheese, but never thought to use cream cheese...what a great idea, great hub, thanks, take good care,

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      8 years ago

      I have to try this one, my husband and I love mashed potatoes! Thanks a lot.

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      8 years ago

      I have to peel the potatoes...I prefer it unpeeled, just washed very well, but my son..the only person I cook for [yes, I don't like to cook for myself only] does not like it unpeeled...

      Love the recipe...first time I have encountered adding creme cheese spread to it. Will try it some time. Thanks!!


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