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Caramelized Onions in Mashed Potatoes


  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1/8 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash cayenne pepper


  • 1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water; add seasoned salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt 4 tablespoons butter. Add onion; cook until slightly softened. Sprinkle with brown sugar; cook until brown sugar is bubbly and onion is tender.
  • 3. Drain potatoes; transfer to a large bowl. Add the sour cream, half-and-half, cream cheese, salt, pepper, cayenne and remaining butter; mash until smooth. Stir in the onion mixture.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 313 calories, 14g fat (9g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 275mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.


Average Rating: 4.8
  • VictoriaElaine
    Dec 31, 1969

    I used 5 large potatoes as I didn't want to end up with thin potatoes like several other reviewers did. I'm so happy I did -the finished potatoes had perfect consistency! I will add more onions next time - I may even double them. Other than those 2 things, I wouldn't change a thing. They are wonderfully delicious! Ended up with about 6 cups mashed potatoes.

  • jjmpac
    Dec 20, 2012

    Loved this recipe. Would use a a little more potato next time as they were a little thin but delicious!

  • JGalindo
    Mar 31, 2010

    I was very surprised to read the recipe and find out we were basically making caramel and not caramelizing the onions by cooking them low and slow. But I really liked the recipe just the same. It was on the sweet side but a wonderful departure from basic mashed potatoes. I might even add more onion next time!

  • anisson
    Mar 9, 2010

    I couldn't hardly imgine patatoes with brown sugar. So for that reason I had to try it. My husband really liked it. Just make sure that you cook enough potatoes or it may be too sweet. I was pleasantly surprised.

  • milette
    Mar 9, 2010

    I made these last night and they were so good! I used 2% milk instead of half & half and I only had whipped chive cream cheese so I used that. One of the best potatoes I have had without needing gravy.

  • tkarinas
    Mar 7, 2010

    Caramelized onions in mashed potatoes turns out to be one of the best mashed potato recipes I've ever tried. My family loves this recipe and it's a keeper, for sure.

  • frankieb
    Oct 25, 2009

    I have made these several times and they're always great. Have begun adding creamy horseradish and Dijon mustard to the final steps.

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