5 from 2 votes
The Very Best Mashed Potatoes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Homestyle Mashed Potatoes made from scratch!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mashed potatoes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 187 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • 5 pounds yukon gold potatoes cut into chunks of uniform size
  • 4 tablespoons kosher salt divided
  • 8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese at room temperature (I use Philadelphia Cream Cheese)
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half at room temperature
  • 1 stick salted butter at room temperature (I use Plugra European Style Butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  1. In a large stockpot filled 3/4 of the way with water, add the potatoes and 3 tablespoons salt and bring to a boil over med-high heat. Continue to cook over medium heat until they are fork tender. Approximately 20-30 minutes.
  2. Drain the potatoes in a strainer and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the cream cheese, half and half, butter, salt and pepper to the potatoes. Using a hand mixer, mix all the ingredients on medium speed until thoroughly combined and the potatoes are broken up. The mixture should be fluffy with a few potato chunks throughout. Be careful not to over beat the potatoes because they can become gummy.
Nutrition Facts
The Very Best Mashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 187 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 2446mg106%
Potassium 866mg25%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 210IU4%
Vitamin C 21.8mg26%
Calcium 118mg12%
Iron 6.2mg34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.