The Best Mashed Potatoes


This best mashed potato recipe is often requested during Thanksgiving. It's totally tasty, and everyone will rave! For a variation, spread in a casserole dish and refrigerate overnight; the next day, sprinkle with extra Parmesan cheese and butter and reheat in the oven.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 5 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes

  • 2 cups Parmesan cheese

  • 1 ½ cups cream cheese

  • 1 cup chopped fresh chives

  • ½ cup butter

  • ½ medium head garlic, peeled and minced

  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    All ingredients gathered to make the best mashed potatoes

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  2. Peel and quarter potatoes; place in a large pot. Cover with salted water and bring to a boil. Cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes.

    Quartered potatoes placed in a large pot of salted water to boil.

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  3. Drain and return potatoes to the pot over low heat to dry for 1 to 2 minutes.

    Potatoes drained and returned to pot to dry over low heat.

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  4. Add Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, chives, butter, garlic, salt, and pepper.

    Remaining ingredients added to potatoes.

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  5. Use a potato masher to mash until smooth and serve.

    All ingredients mashed together with a potato masher, until smooth.

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  6. Serve hot and enjoy

    overhead, looking down at a large bowl of mashed potatoes with melty butter on top


Editor's Note:

Please note differences in ingredient amounts and total time when following the magazine version of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

381 Calories
22g Fat
36g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 381
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 356mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 181mg 14%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 75mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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