The Best Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes

Everybody has their favorite way of preparing mashed potatoes: with skin, without skin, with milk, without milk, with cream cheese or sour cream. The options are endless! This combination of ingredients in this recipe results in The Best Mashed Potatoes!

Mashed Potatoes are one of those recipes that everybody has their own version of. Growing up, my Mom made some of the most delicious mashed potatoes and only ever used milk, butter, salt and pepper. Over the years I have played around with all kinds of variations. Sometimes I make mashed potatoes with red potatoes and leave the skin on and include ingredients like cream cheese an garlic! Other times I want a more traditional version that’s perfect for serving alongside pot roast or Thanksgiving Day turkey! That’s the version I’m going to share with you today.

The Best Mashed Potatoes!

I’m callin’ these guys the best because I haven’t come across a recipe I like better! It’s possible there’s a better one out there, but this is my fave. There are a few differences with this recipe compared to most standard mashed potato recipes. For starters, yukon gold potatoes are used in place of the standard russet. Instead of just milk and butter, these guys get a healthy dose of cream cheese, butter, sour cream, and just a little bit of milk to make them fluffy. Oh, and don’t let me forget to mention the garlic! I threw a couple of garlic cloves in with the potatoes while they were boiling and mashed them in with the potatoes. Add a little salt and pepper in and you’re done! The end result? Flavorful, cheesy, fluffy mashed potatoes that will perfectly compliment the Thanksgiving turkey!

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Yields enough potatoes to feed a crowd! Oh! And don’t forget the Perfect Turkey Gravy – this recipe can be made with or without drippings! All you’ll need is butter, flour, black pper, chicken or turkey stock and/or drippings!

The Best Mashed Potatoes

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Prep Time: 15mn
Cook Time: 25mn
Total Time: 40mn


  • 5 pounds yukon gold potatoes – washed, peeled, and cut into 2 inch chunks
  • Enough water to cover the potatoes in a large stock pot
  • 1- 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4-1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. In a large stock pot, arrange potatoes cut into 2 inch chunks. Add in 4 garlic cloves that have been peeled. Add enough water or chicken broth to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook for 20-30 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain the liquid from the potatoes.
  2. Return the cooked potatoes and 4 garlic cloves to the pan.  Add in butter, cream cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Using a potato masher, mash, mash,mash the potatoes until most of the clumps are removed.
  3. Add in milk, up to 1/2 cup, and continue mashing until the potatoes are smooth and fluffy. Add more milk if desired.
  4. If you want ultra smooth potatoes, beat them with a hand or stand mixer until the desired consistency has been reached.
  5. Serve with this Perfect Turkey Gravy if you’d like.

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  1. Perhaps! Stuffing is coming up next! :)

  2. Mistake? After the butter, should be sour cream, not more cream cheese.

  3. Hey sis- I think you meant to put 1/2 cup sour cream instead of 1/2 cup cream cheese. I was confused at first why there was so much cream cheese but then I realized the sour cream wasn’t on the ingredient list. Just thought I’d let you know! Oh, and I’m totally trying these :)

  4. Good catch. :) You must be viewing a cached version though, because a commenter on the site pointed it out for me the other day. It’s been fixed, and yes, it’s sour cream. :)

  5. I loved my usual mashed potato recipe but thought I’d give this a whirl. It was so good and a hit with the family!

  6. I make these a couple times a year when I have the family for supper…they are great because I can make them a day before and just re-heat and I also put some bread crums on top and another 1/2 cup of melted butter

  7. Can these be made with less potatoes 5 lb 1 person i be eating forever

  8. Meal Planning Maven

    I use Greek yogurt in mine….yours look amazing!

  9. Sounds yummy i add ranch dressing and garlic powder when I make them. But I need to make them in the picture.

  10. Try one stick butter and 8 oz cream cheese instead. Sour cream & Greek yogurt just don’t do enuf.

  11. Made these last thanksgiving and they were a hit!

  12. i like ‘em mashed or whipped with pepper, salted butter and buttermilk.

  13. Melissa Morrison Moeller

    I just have to say that I’m really glad I found your page….I have so many good recipes to try! Thank you!

  14. They really are the best! Made them last year for turkey day and they were a hit!

  15. Have you ever made a cheesy mashed potato with bacon and scallions in it before? That would be really good to for a holiday side dish.

  16. Yes I am too happy I found you love the recipes that you post as well as the helpful hints

  17. Trish Erickson Johnson

    I use this recipe then put it all in a greased 9x 12 pan, dot with butter, cover with shredded cheddar and bake until bubbly and a little crusty. Yum! Dot with paprika (optional)

  18. I also use this recipe and I add cream cheese!

  19. Whats the serving on your mashed potatoes? They look really delicious but I want to make enough for my family this thanksgiving :)

  20. Gayle Gratcl Sutter

    No peels…. Anything other than that and I am in heaven!

  21. This is an awesome mashed potato recipe .. I tried these last year for Thanksgiving and they were a big hit!!!

  22. I’ll eat them any way, as long as there are no lumps.

  23. I put a slice of pepper jack and a slice of 3 cheese blend in mine as well as a little garlic powder, onion powder, and a dash of cayenne pepper. And of course some black pepper. My grandkids love it & did not know I had added anything.

  24. Sonia McClanahan-Simpson

    I keep mine simple. Homegrown potatoes peeled and mashed with melted butter and cream. Salt and pepper:)

  25. That looks VERY good! I think I am going to have to stay off Facebook until after Thanksgiving! So many food post that look so good I am going to start eating my computer monitor!!!

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