November 7th, 2013

Garlic Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

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Even though I serve mashed potatoes year-round, it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without them. I’ve experimented with a lot of different techniques and recipes for making mashed potatoes, and these Garlic Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes are both mine and my family’s favorite.

Garlic Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Trust me, these have to be good, because a few of my boys are real mashed potato connoisseurs. But what’s not to love about fluffy mashed potatoes with butter, garlic, cream cheese and fresh parsley?

It’s definitely not a low-fat, low-calorie side dish, which makes these mashed potatoes a perfect holiday indulgence.

I like to leave some of the skins on–as many as my kids will tolerate–because I think it makes for a great presentation. And of course, the skins are good for you.

Sometimes I end up adding a bit of milk or cream to get the potatoes to the consistency I want, and sometimes I don’t need to add any at all. If you feel like you need to add a bit of liquid, just start slowly and add your liquid gradually.

 I hope you love these mashed potatoes as much as my family does. Don’t forget the gravy!

Be sure to save this family favorite mashed potato recipe to your favorite Pinterest board for later.

Garlic Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Preparation 10 min Cook Time 15 min Total Time 25 mins


  • 10 medium Russet potatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, diced
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened and cubed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Milk or cream, as needed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add chopped potatoes and cook until fork tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Drain the potatoes and place them in a large bowl. Add the butter, cream cheese and garlic.
  3. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher until they reach the desired consistency and texture, adding milk or cream, as needed. Stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
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Who Dished It Up First: This is an original recipe.



  1. These are my kind of potatoes! I could make a meal of them!

  2. Oh wow these sound so delicious! I am sharing Thanksgiving sides too each Thursday this month. I am definitely pinning this! Thank you for sharing over at the DBB!

  3. Mash potatoes are a MUST for Thanksgiving, and I love leaving some skins in mine too! I will have to try this recipe, looks amazing as always! 🙂 Pinned!

    ~ Jenn

  4. Mashed potatoes are easily my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. I wouldn’t show up if they weren’t on the menu! Yours sound fantastic- Can’t go wrong with a healthy helping of garlic.


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