These are Not Your Mom’s Mashed Potatoes! This is a rich and creamy mashed potatoes recipe that is the BEST mashed potatoes you’ll ever make!

If you’re looking for the best mashed potatoes recipe then you’ve come to the right place. This mashed potatoes recipe is a favorite at all of my holiday dinners, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter especially! These mashed potatoes are rich and creamy and made with a secret ingredient that is going to make your next dinner extra special! If you’re looking for an easy side dish recipe that can be made ahead of time you have to try this easy mashed potatoes recipe! Thank you Pier 1 for sponsoring this post. All content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Not Your Mom’s Mashed Potatoes

Over the years I’ve perfected my creamy mashed potatoes recipe and at this point I feel it’s safe to say I have the BEST mashed potatoes recipe around! These are Not Your Mom’s Mashed Potatoes and I’m gonna let you in on the secret, it’s all about the cream cheese and butter. Yep, I said cream cheese…and lots of butter. The way I see it if you’re eating mashed potatoes you probably aren’t counting calories so go for it!

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For the last few years I’ve been making this awesome mashed potatoes recipe the day before Thanksgiving (and Christmas!) and putting them in the refrigerator overnight. The next day I put them in a slow cooker and set it to warm and let them heat up slowly until it’s time for dinner. Putting these creamy mashed potatoes in the slow cooker means I have time to do my second favorite thing (after eating) on Thanksgiving. I get to slip off to the dining room and set a beautiful Thanksgiving table. I love all of the gorgeous autumn colors and this year I found some great deals on some of the of the prettiest pieces for a place setting at Pier 1.

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Of course that beautiful table only lasts until the food is ready. We do Thanksgiving dinner in my house around 2 o’clock so all of the pretty decorations get moved and out comes the food. We always have broccoli casserole, sweet potatoes, stuffing, and of course the BEST creamy mashed potatoes! They are perfectly creamy and hot as they are scooped out of the slow cooker and into a big serving bowl. I add a few pats of butter on top and dinner is served!

Tips for making creamy mashed potatoes:

  • Add the butter and cream cheese as soon as the potatoes are drained and back in the pot so they melt smoothly.
  • If you’re cooking for the holidays make your mashed potatoes in the morning and then put them in a slow cooker set to warm and keep them warm all day long.

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Servings: 12
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 40 mins

Not Your Mom's Mashed Potatoes

These mashed potatoes are rich and creamy and made with a secret ingredient that is going to make your next dinner extra special!
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4.67 from 6 votes


  • 5 lbs. Potatoes
  • ¾ - 1/ 1/4 c Milk
  • 3/4 c Butter, (1 1/2 sticks of butter)
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Salt


  • Wash and peel the potatoes then cut them into 1-2 inch pieces.
  • Put the potatoes in a large pot and fill the pot with enough water to cover the potatoes.
  • Cover and place the pot on the stove over high heat. Bring the potatoes to a boil and let them cook for 10-15 minutes or until the easily break apart with a fork.
  • Drain the water from the potatoes and then place them back in the pot.
  • Add the butter and cream cheese and use a potato masher or a hand mixer to begin mashing the potatoes. Slowly add the milk a little at a time until you reach the consistency you want.
  • Add the salt a teaspoon at a time until you reached your desired level of saltiness.


Note: You can make these a day ahead and then on the morning of your dinner place them in a slow cooker with a little milk and stir them around. Turn the slow cooker to low and let them heat up, stirring every 30 minutes until they are warmed through, then turning down to warm and leaving them until you are ready to eat. If they begin to dry out just add more milk but go slow so you don't lose the consistency you want.


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 384kcal, Carbohydrates: 51g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 52mg, Sodium: 764mg, Potassium: 1243mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 650IU, Vitamin C: 70.1mg, Calcium: 90mg, Iron: 2.2mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Side Dish