Deluxe Mashed Potatoes Recipe
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Deluxe Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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These mashed potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes because they can be made ahead, refrigerated and then popped into the oven just prior to dinnertime. When my grandchildren come for dinner, I have to double this recipe. They love it! —Vivian Bailey, Cedar Falls, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 4 to 5 large potatoes (about 2-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Paprika, optional

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 301 calories, 10g fat (7g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 313mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. Peel and cube the potatoes; place in a saucepan and cover with water. Cook over medium heat until tender; drain. Mash until smooth (do not add milk or butter). Stir in cream cheese, sour cream, chives, onion salt and pepper. Spoon into a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Dot with butter; sprinkle with paprika if desired. Cover and bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Deluxe Mashed Potatoes in Reminisce January/February 1997, p49

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Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 255467
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2016

"These mashed potatoes were a big hit! So creamy and flavorful."

p8nthorselover User ID: 4171928 255465
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2016

"I have been making these for almost 20 years. I use several cloves of roasted garlic, mix everything together put in a well buttered casserole cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days. We eat these for Christmas dinner, my family calls them Christmas potatoes. I take them out an hour before dinner to come to room temperature. I sprinkle some grated sharp cheddar and a little Parmesan during the last 15 minutes of baking. The leftovers make awesome potato pancakes!"

David12846 User ID: 3290236 255142
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2016

"Sounds tasty.

I'm a bit confused though. It says "can be made ahead, refrigerated and then popped into the oven just prior to dinnertime." baking for 35-40 minutes does not sound like "just prior to dinnertime" to me. I think of "JUST PRIOR to dinnertime" as something closer to 15 minutes. Are you suppose to boil the cubed potatoes, mash, add and combine the ingredients, then refrigerate it, and then bake the whole dish 35-40 minutes when you want it?"

goodfoodeat User ID: 4501433 255131
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2016

"I have been making these potatoes for 20 years. I call them Snowy Potatoes, they're always everyone's favorite. If they seem a little dry, you can add a little half and half, and if you use white pepper it keeps them nice and white."

MissArlene User ID: 7057140 255130
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2016

"I've been using a recipe similar to this (mine includes 4 cloves minced garlic cooked w/potatoes, 8 oz. cream cheese & 1 C sour cream, 6 Tbs, butter) so highly recommend you try the recipe! My grandchildren request it at every family meal!"

Corwin44 User ID: 7541400 238535
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2015

"I chose to try this recipe for Thanksgiving because I could make it the night before. I made exactly as directed. The potatoes were good, but a little dry for my family's taste. We prefer a creamier potatoe, but they were not bad and easy to put together."

nightskystar User ID: 1034705 232787
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2015

"Made these ahead just now to bake for later with my slow cooker short ribs. Tried a taste..they are excellent!! cant wait to bake them tonite...."

MY REVIEW User ID: 3864962 27610
Reviewed May. 1, 2014

"Excellent flavor and very creamy, loved it."

TNbluffbaker User ID: 46423 16761
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2014

"Delicious!!! This recipe elevates mashed potatoes from ho hum to wow!"

3samoyed User ID: 1096604 12700
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2012

"I LOVE this recipe. It always gets great comments. I use 4 oz. cream cheese and 2/3 c. sour cream. Then I fold in by hand some shredded cheddar cheese. Outstanding! PS Don't use a mixer if you are adding the cheddar cheese-it turns your potatoes orange!"

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