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Creamy Mashed Potatoes

I love potatoes, mashed ones especially. This company-worthy version is a superb accompaniment to the beef roast I serve at our holiday meal. Cream cheese adds richness while garlic delivers distinctive flavor. —Lise Thomson, Cut Bank, Montana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 5 pounds medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions, optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika, optional


  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  • Place potatoes and garlic in a large bowl. Add cream cheese, milk, butter, salt and pepper; beat until smooth.
  • Transfer potato mixture to a large serving bowl. Sprinkle with onions and paprika if desired.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 238 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 368mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • dalan
    Nov 24, 2012

    Great recipe! I used Yukon gold potatoes and it was a hit. Best mashed pototoes I've ever had and the cream cheese is the secret!

  • lurky27
    Feb 22, 2012

    These are fine mashed potatoes, nothing spectacular. There are other great mashed potato recipes on this website.~ Theresa

  • vewebber58
    Nov 26, 2009

    These are delicious! The garlic taste is subtle, but not overwhelming....the cheese adds a creaminess. My guests and I thought they were wonderful, definitely tastier than just plain mashed potatoes.

  • justmbeth
    May 19, 2008

    Potatoes were very good and tasty, but nothing out of the ordinary. I needed to add more milk than was called for.