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Sunday Dinner Mashed Potatoes

Sour cream and cream cheese add delicious dairy flavors to these potatoes. They can be prepared in advance and are special enough to serve guests. —Melody Mellinger, Myerstown, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 5 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Place potatoes in a Dutch oven; cover with water. Cover and bring to a boil. Cook until very tender, 20-25 minutes; drain well.
  • In a large bowl, mash potatoes. Add the sour cream, cream cheese, 2 tablespoons butter, salt, onion salt and pepper; beat until fluffy.
  • Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Dot with the remaining butter. Bake, uncovered, at 350° until heated through, 20-25 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 300 calories, 13g fat (9g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 617mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Dawn
    Jul 1, 2020

    I used just 4 large russet baking potatoes, peeled, cut in pieces and cooked until tender, 1/2 tsp. each salt, onion powder, 1 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper, 1 cup sour cream, 8-oz. cream cheese! Butter was kept the same. I baked the potatoes 45 minutes in a 2-qt. casserole bowl, greased. This is a finger-licking GOOD recipe! I LOVED IT!

  • cwbuff2
    Jan 1, 2020

    Good recipe, but there was too much cream cheese for me - made it heavy with too much of a tang; didn't meld well with the other flavors for me. 8 oz is a lot for 5 lbs of potatoes with the sour cream as well. I will try it again using either half the cream cheese or none. And I really want to try it with the browned butter suggested by the Test Kitchen staff - didn't have time at Thanksgiving with too many other dishes to do. I always get too ambitious at Thanksgiving (sigh!)

  • amsm
    Nov 24, 2019

    These are a staple at Thanksgiving! I warm mine in a crock pot instead of baking them. Saves room in my oven for other things and they stay warm!

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    Oct 26, 2019

    My 4 year old refused to eat mashed potatoes until he had this version. The cream cheese adds a nice flavor and texture. We usually don't bake these - still delicious.

  • mom2lauren
    Oct 14, 2019

    Love that these can be made ahead. It’s one less thing to do on the day of a big turkey dinner! They are delicious! I made just half the recipe as there’s only 4 of us for dinner! Easy peasy.

  • Amy
    Feb 19, 2016

    This has become our favorite mashed potato recipe for holiday meals. So good.

  • tillmandee
    Mar 14, 2015

    These are my grandson's favorite potatoes. There are never any left. The only thing I changed was I use the golden potatoes. Wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  • andyboy
    Aug 7, 2013

    Tasty. Creamy. Easy. Quite the combination that makes this recipe a welcome addition to the kitchen arsenal.

  • pajamaangel
    Aug 4, 2013

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  • Carengrl
    Dec 22, 2011

    Yuuuum! These were awesome.