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A large serving bowl is full of fluffy mashed potatoes. There is a sprinkling of parsley for garnish and a few pats of butter on the top.
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4.38 from 16 votes

Holiday Mashed Potatoes

Simple, no fuss mashed potatoes that are rich and fluffy. These are perfect for holiday meals when mashed potatoes should be extra special! This recipe can be cut in half or in thirds if you want a smaller batch.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mashed potatoes, holiday mashed potatoes, side dish
Servings: 15 servings
Calories: 227kcal
Author: Mirlandra Neuneker


  • 5 pounds russet potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt (for the water)
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 2 teaspoon chicken bullion
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper, coarsely ground


  • Fill a large pot about 1/3 full with water. Add 1 tsp. salt, cover with the lid, and bring to a boil on high.
  • Meanwhile, peel potatoes and cut into cubes, about 1" across.
  • Add potatoes to boiling water. Bring back up to a boil and then turn town to a hearty simmer. Put the lid back on the pot cocked at an angle to allow some steam to escape.
  • Boil until tender, about 20 minutes.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, add cream cheese, cream, butter, bullion, and pepper to a medium microwave safe bowl. Microwave this mixture for 2 minutes. Set by the stand mixer.
  • When the potatoes are tender, drain them and add to a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Pour the seasoning mixture over the potatoes.
  • Beat on high for 30-45 seconds. Do not overbeat or potatoes will become gluey.
  • Serve hot. Garnish with additional ground pepper and chunks of butter if desired.


Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 647mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 407IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg