Thick and creamy homemade mashed potatoes that are made with sour cream and cream cheese make the perfect side dish! This is an easy mashed potato recipe that is simple to make but full of flavor.
How to make Homemade Mashed Potatoes
Start by peeling about four pounds of potatoes. Sometimes I will peel all of the potatoes and sometimes I just wash and cut out any bad spots. This is totally a preference for most people. Leaving the skin is less work but gives it a more rustic look and taste. Peeling the potatoes completely will give a clean look and taste.
Cooking Potatoes to be Mashed
Next, you will cube the potatoes and rinse them well to remove any dirt. Realize that the smaller the cube the faster they will cook. I like to think in 1.5 inches by 1.5-inch cubes work well. Then place the potatoes in a large stockpot and fill it with water just until the potatoes are covered with water.
Now we will bring the water to a boil over medium heat. I do not stir these. Once boiling, turn down the heat to a simmer. Simmer the potatoes until they are tender and easily broken apart with a fork. This will be about 10-15 minutes.
The next step is to drain the potatoes, add the cream cheese, sour cream, and butter, and start mashing. Using softened and room temperature cream cheese, sour cream, and butter works best! Then I mashed these by hand using a potato masher. It’s really easy and you can control what kind of mashed potatoes you want. Sometimes I find myself wanting finely mashed, mashed potatoes that are super smooth, and other times I prefer chunky mashed potatoes that tend to go well with hearty sides. Either way, you can’t go wrong. Add salt and pepper to taste and mix to combine.
Lastly, garnish these creamy homemade mashed potatoes with your favorite toppings! A touch of shredded cheese, some gravy or make loaded mashed potatoes with bacon bits, green onions, and shredded cheddar cheese are all perfect topping options. These mashed potatoes pair well with our classic meatloaf and many other main dishes too. They are perfect for special occasions, holidays, or just a night in with the family. Enjoy!
Other Delicious Sides
This Loaded Baked Potato Slices Recipe makes a savory potato slice that is tender in the middle, slightly crispy on the outside, and topped with melty cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and green onions. As a savory single-serving bit, these potato slices are perfect as an easy side or delicious appetizer that everyone can enjoy!
How about some tasty and tender broccoli florets? This Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan Recipe takes fresh broccoli florets and transforms them into warm savory broccoli bits that have a little zip and a whole lot of flavor.
Salads always help keep meals light and healthy! This Egg and Bacon Spinach Salad Recipe combines the lightness of hard-boiled eggs and the richness of bacon bits styled over a bed of spinach. Add a sprinkle of croutons for crunch and drizzle on a tangy celery seed vinaigrette to finish off this sweet and savory salad.
Creamy Homemade Mashed Potatoes
- 4 pounds potatoes peeled and cubed
- 8 ounce cream cheese softened and cubed
- 8 ounce sour cream
- ½ cup butter (1 stick) softened and cubed
- 1½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
Optional Toppings for loaded mashed potatoes
- ¼ cup green onions chopped
- 3 ounce bacon bits
- ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Put peeled and cubed potatoes in a large stockpot with enough water to just to cover the potatoes and bring them to a boil over medium heat. Then let them simmer until tender or easily broken with a fork.
- Drain and return to pot. Add the cream cheese, sour cream, butter, salt, and pepper. Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes until smooth and everything is combined.
- Serve loaded with the bacon bits, green onions, and shredded cheese or your favorite toppings! Enjoy!!
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