Thanksgiving Mashed Potatoes


by: Entertaining is Easy/Lisa Newsome

This is my favorite mashed potatoes recipe for the Holidays, & especially Thanksgiving, when everything tastes better with butter! I love the flavor that cream cheese & sour cream add to the potatoes…these are the best potatoes you will ever serve! Drizzle a little extra butter for added decadence!


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serves: 12-16

4 pounds yukon gold potatoes

kosher salt

2 sticks unsalted butter or 1 cup Smart Balance® butter

8 ounces lowfat or regular cream cheese

16 ounces lowfat or regular sour cream

freshly ground black pepper

extra butter for serving

Nutrition Facts
Thanksgiving Mashed Potatoes

Servings Per Recipe: 12

Amount per Serving

Calories: 338

  • Total Fat: 24.6 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 15.3 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 66.5 mg
  • Sodium: 153.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 23 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 3.8 g
  •     Sugars: 1.2 g
  • Protein: 8.2 g

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thanksgiving-mashed-potatoes-5656.jpg 1.  Rinse the potatoes to remove any dirt. Cut in half & place in a pot large enough to hold all the ingredients, cover the potatoes with cold water & add about a tablespoon of kosher salt to the water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, and continue cooking the potatoes until "fork-tender", about 45 minutes....when you pierce the potatoes with a fork, the potatoes should break in half. Drain the potatoes.

2.  Add the butter, cream cheese, sour cream, & a good few shakes of kosher salt to the potatoes. Put the stove on low, place a lid over the pot, and ignore the potatoes for about 10 minutes.

3.  When the butter is completely melted, mash all the ingredients with a potato masher. Add salt & pepper to taste.

4.  Keep the potatoes on simmer or your lowest heat possible, stirring about every 20 minutes to prevent the potatoes from sticking, until ready to serve.

5.  When serving, melt a little extra butter in your microwave. Drizzle the butter over the mashed potatoes just before serving...alternatively, you can place melted butter alongside the gravy & let guests help themselves.

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