The Ultimate Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Mashed potatoes are a classic and comforting side dish that never fails to delight both young and old. In this easy-to-follow recipe, we’ll show you how to make the fluffiest and creamiest mashed potatoes using just four simple ingredients: yellow Yukon Gold potatoes, cream cheese, butter, and a pinch of salt. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is sure to become a family favorite.

This mashed potatoes recipe is simple to make with just a 4 ingredients! Below you’ll find my tips for making perfect mashed potatoes that are deliciously creamy and flavorful. A few small tricks really do make a big difference!

BEST POTATOES FOR MASHING

  • Among the plethora of potato varieties, the cream of the crop for mashing undoubtedly lies with the Yellow Yukon Gold potatoes. Renowned for their smooth, buttery texture and rich, earthy flavor, these golden gems effortlessly yield the fluffiest and most velvety mashed potatoes. Their waxy yet starchy composition strikes an impeccable balance, resulting in mash that is neither too gluey nor too grainy.
  • While yellow Yukon Gold potatoes are undoubtedly a top contender for creating dreamy mashed potatoes, the versatile Russet potatoes should not be overlooked in this culinary pursuit. To achieve optimal results, it’s essential to peel the russet potatoes before boiling, as their thicker skin can hinder the desired texture. Once cooked to tender perfection, mash them gently to prevent the release of excess starch, which could lead to a gummy consistency. Seasoning is key, as russet potatoes tend to absorb flavors generously, making them an excellent canvas for various herbs and spices. The result? A sumptuous bowl of mashed potatoes with a melt-in-your-mouth quality that is sure to enchant and satisfy even the most discerning palates.

Whether you choose yellow Yukon Gold or russet potatoes, this recipe is sure to be a crowd favorite!

What you’ll need to make Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Equipment:

Medium Size Pot

Stand Mixer (optional)

Hand Masher

Ingredients:

Yukon Gold potatoes – you can also use russets.

Cream Cheese – I always like to use Philadelphia cream cheese.

Butter

Salt and Pepper to taste

How to make creamy mashed potatoes

  • Start by washing the yellow Yukon Gold potatoes under cold running water to remove any dirt or debris.
  • Peel and cut the potatoes into uniform chunks to ensure even cooking. Aim for pieces that are about 1 to 2 inches in size, as this will help speed up the cooking process.
  • Place the potato chunks in a large pot and cover them with cold water. Add a pinch of salt to the water to enhance the potatoes’ flavor.
  • Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook the potatoes for approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until they are fork-tender. You should be able to easily pierce them with a fork without any resistance.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them thoroughly in a colander. Allow them to sit for a minute or two to release any excess moisture.
  • Transfer the potatoes to a large mixing bowl. Use a potato masher stand mixer to mash the potatoes until they reach your desired consistency. For fluffier potatoes, avoid over-mashing.
  • Cut the cream cheese into small cubes and add them to the mashed potatoes while they’re still warm. The residual heat will help melt the cream cheese and incorporate it smoothly into the potatoes.
  • Add the butter to the mixture and continue to stir until everything is well combined. The cream cheese and butter will add richness and a luscious texture to the mashed potatoes.
  • Taste the mashed potatoes and add salt as needed to suit your preference. Remember to start with a little and adjust accordingly, as you can always add more but can’t take it away once it’s mixed in.

Your CReamy mashed potatoes are ready to be served!

Transfer them to a serving bowl, and if you’d like, add a pat of butter on top for an extra touch of indulgence!

These mashed potatoes pair perfectly with a delicious meatloaf, steamed vegetables, or as a delightful side to your favorite dishes.

If you give this recipe a try, be sure to let me know how you liked it in the comments below! Happy cooking!

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Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a classic and comforting side dish that never fails to delight both young and old. In this easy-to-follow recipe, we'll show you how to make the fluffiest and creamiest mashed potatoes using just four simple ingredients: yellow Yukon Gold potatoes, cream cheese, butter, and a pinch of salt.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings

Equipment

  • Medium Size Pot
  • Hand Masher
  • Stand Mixer optional

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Yukon gold potatoes
  • 3 oz Cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Start by washing the yellow Yukon Gold potatoes. Cut the potatoes into uniform chunks to ensure even cooking.
  • Place the potato chunks in a large pot and cover them with cold water. Add a pinch of salt to the water.
  • Bring the water to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook the potatoes for approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until they are fork-tender.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them, then transfer the potatoes into a large mixing bowl. Cut the cream cheese and butter into small cubes and add them to the mashed potatoes while they're still warm.
  • Use a potato masher or stand mixer to mash the potatoes until they reach your desired consistency.
  • Taste the mashed potatoes and add salt as needed to suit your preference.
  • Your easy creamy mashed potatoes are now ready to be served!
Keyword Creamy, Mashed, Potatoes

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