The Ultimate Thanksgiving Mashed Potatoes


Mashed potatoes are the most popular Thanksgiving side dish. They are the one thing that everyone puts on their plate – which means that you need an exceptional recipe. My parents make the best most delicious, creamy, cheesy Thanksgiving mashed potatoes. Since I moved to Chicago I have been bringing these mashed potatoes to Friendsgiving and they have received rave reviews.

Want to know my secret? I use fat free cream cheese and reduced fat cream cheese – and no one can taste the difference. I know that Thanksgiving is no time to be counting calories – but I think that the reduced fat ingredients are better in this recipe since they give the potatoes a fluffier consistency.

I think that Thanksgiving leftovers are just as wonderful as Thanksgiving. I love to make sandwiches with turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole. That might sound like an aggressive number of toppings for a sandwich, but I think it’s perfect and I look forward to these sandwiches just as much as Thanksgiving dinner itself.


You will need:
5 pounds of Yukon Gold Potatoes
2 tablespoons Butter
8 ounces of Fat Free Sour Cream
8 ounces Reduced Fat Cream Cheese
4 ounces Cheddar Cheese
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon pepper


Step 1:
Peel the potatoes. Chop into 2 inch cubes and boil until tender. This will take about 20 minutes.

Step 2:
Drain potatoes and return to pot. Add butter, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper to the potatoes. Mix and mash either with a hand held mixer or a hand masher. If you use a mixer the potatoes will be smooth and creamy, if you mash by hand the potatoes will be chunkier.

Step 3:
Place in a buttered casserole dish and bake in the oven at 350-400 degrees. The temperature can vary depending on the temperature needed for whatever else is in the oven – it’s hard to burn potatoes, and I love when the sides and bottom of the potatoes turn crispy and brown. Bake until crispy on the bottom on edges. Potatoes can be made a day or two ahead of time and reheated.

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  • Yum! Thanks for sharing the secret and make this a wonderful mashed potatoes. I’ll need to make a big batch of this for Thanksgiving.

  • These sound phenomenal. My dad is always in charge of the potatoes..I wonder if he will notice when I sneak a few extra ingredients in this year? 😉

    • thekittchen

      They are phenomenal! You should sneak in some extra ingredients 😉

  • These sound really delicious! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner Link up!

  • Charlotte Burkholder

    I’ve made similar mashed potatoes but not with the cheddar cheese. It’s probably a yummy addition. They are so good. In fact I will be making a ton of mashed potatoes tomorrow for a church Thanksgiving meal, Wish me luck! Thanks for sharing at Family Joy Blog linkup.

  • I’m going to try these this Christmas. I love creamy potatoes, but not the calories.

  • Angela Howard

    These look perfect! Pinning this to try ASAP 🙂 Visiting from #turnituptuesday


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