Ready in just 5 minutes, these super easy Cheddar Chive Mashed Potatoes are fluffy and light. Studded with fresh chives and swirled with melty cheddar cheese, this quick side dish is a welcome addition to any weekday meal.

Homestyle Cheddar Chive Mashed Potatoes ready in 5 minutes, the perfect weekday side dish. #SignatureRussets

Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by Idahoan, all opinions and statements are mine…as usual.

Hiya all! How’s your week so far? Mine’s been so busy…like insanely busy but since I had the whole glorification of busy I’ll just accept it and move on with my super busy week. 🙂  I think all of us that have kids in school probably feel the same way with homecoming popping up all over and school pictures happening each day….and of course, a haircut for the little guy will be needed before his first official school picture. I swear that kid is getting his haircut every other week and if I leave it to dad, he’ll be coming home with a hairstyle fit for the military. So, I’m micromanaging that situation from the comfort of a Minnesota hotel room. We shall see how that went when I return home on Friday. In the meantime, let’s talk about quick and easy side dishes…shall we?

Homestyle Cheddar Chive Mashed Potatoes ready in 5 minutes, the perfect weekday side dish. #SignatureRussets

I’m not usually a fan of pre-packaged food and convenience meals but this one is a keeper. Idahoan Signature Russet Potatoes really shocked the pants off of me and my usually not so happy response to instant mashed potatoes. I have been scarred by whatever instant horror was served to me when I was a child so I tried to stay far, far away from them for as long as possible. But when I was asked to try out the Idahoan Signature Russet Potatoes in a recipe, I thought…why not. And I’m so flipping glad that I did because I love Sunday dinner as much as the rest of us and sometimes I want Sunday dinner on Wednesday.

Homestyle Cheddar Chive Mashed Potatoes ready in 5 minutes, the perfect weekday side dish. #SignatureRussets

When it comes to mealtime, Sunday dinner is the gold standard as it’s the one day of the week when you’re most likely to go “all out” and prepare a great-tasting meal. New Idahaoan Russets mashed potatoes are so delicious that – when served as part of a weekday dinner – it makes  “any day taste like Sunday.” The secret, of course, to the great taste of new Idahoan Signature Russets mashed potatoes is that Idahoan potatoes grown to perfection in Idaho’s rich volcanic soil during its warm summer days and cool summer nights. In fact,  more than six pounds of premium Idahoan russet poatoes  go into every 16 oz. pouch. But beyond that, Idahoan is innovating the category with its new proprietary processing method that maintains the potato’s natural goodness and texture. The result: mashed potatoes that taste as good as if you peeled, boiled, and mashed them yourself.

Homestyle Cheddar Chive Mashed Potatoes ready in 5 minutes, the perfect weekday side dish. #SignatureRussets

So, I added my own twist…similar to my original mashed potato recipe but then I twisted it with these mashed potatoes to get THESE amazingly easy Cheddar Chive Mashed Potatoes that are ready in 5 minutes!!! Yes, 5 minutes! Ha!!! How’s that for a speedy comfort side dish that the whole family will love!

Get the Recipe: Easy Cheddar Chive Mashed Potatoes

Ready in just 5 minutes, these Easy Cheddar Chive Mashed Potatoes are the fastest side dish on the planet!
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  • 2 packages Idahoan Signature Russets
  • 2 1/2 cups half and half
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper


  • In a medium saucepan, heat the half and half and butter over medium-high heat until steaming. Add the potatoes to the pot and whisk until fluffy, approximately 4-5 minutes. Stir in the sour cream, cheese, chives, salt and pepper.
  • Serve immediately.
Serving: 1g, Calories: 294kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Cholesterol: 82mg, Sodium: 426mg, Potassium: 172mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 0g, Vitamin A: 985IU, Vitamin C: 3.1mg, Calcium: 258mg, Iron: 0.3mg