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a casserole dish filled with cream cheese mashed potatoes

Creamy Mashed Potatoes With Cream Cheese

Sandi Gaertner
Easy creamy mashed potatoes with cream cheese is the perfect side dish for any meal.
4.96 from 24 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Gluten Free Side Dish Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 9 people
Calories 313 kcal


  • 6 cups Idaho russet potatoes peeled
  • 8 ounces cream cheese full fat is best
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 4 tablespoons butter or olive oil salted or unsalted
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  • Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  • Chop the peeled Idaho® potatoes into 2-inch chunks. Add to a pot and cover halfway with water. 
  • Cover and bring to a boil. When the water starts to boil, turn down the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are softened. This will take about 15 minutes.
  • In a frying pan, add olive oil (or 2 tablespoons butter) and garlic. Sauté for 3 minutes. 
  • Add in cream cheese, butter, spices, and milk. Stir frequently. Simmer until the cream cheese is melted.
  • Drain the potatoes into a colander.
  • Add the potatoes to a large bowl and pour the cream cheese mixture on top.
  • Use an electric mixer to whip the potatoes into a creamy soft mixture. Make sure there are no lumps.
  • Spread the potato mixture into a casserole dish and sprinkle the top with parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes so that the flavors all blend in.



  1. You can use full fat or low-fat cream cheese.
  2. Russet potatoes are the best variety of potatoes for mashed potatoes.
  3. Make sure your potatoes are completely cooked to avoid lumps.
  4. You can use an electric mixer or a potato masher to mash the potatoes.
  5. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.


Serving: 1gCalories: 313kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 4gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 484mgPotassium: 476mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 738IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cream cheese mashed potatoes, mashed potatoes with cream cheese
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