Seriously amazing, cheesy mashed potatoes! Perfectly creamy, these Parmesan Mashed Potatoes are a great side dish for your holiday dinners. Russet potatoes are lightly seasoned and combined with sour cream, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese making them the perfect mashed potatoes with cheese recipe.
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The Easiest Parmesan Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Any good meal, needs at least one stand-out side dish. It doesn’t need to be fancy, or have lots of ingredients, it simply needs to taste good and compliment what it’s served with.
That is definitely the case with these Parmesan Mashed Potatoes. Not only do they taste wonderful, they are perfectly complimentary to whatever your serving with them – beef, seafood, turkey, chicken or pork.
What do I need to make Cheesy Mashed Potatoes?
Here’s a quick-reference grocery list of the ingredients you’ll need to make these mashed potatoes with cheese:
- Russet Potatoes – or Yukon Gold are also a great choice
- Cream Cheese
- Sour Cream
- Half and Half – you can also use milk or heavy cream.
- Parmesan Cheese – pre-shredded is a great time-saver!
- Salt and Pepper
For exact ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to the recipe card. Thanks!
How do I make mashed potatoes with cheese?
Start by peeling and cutting the potatoes. Cut the potatoes into 1″ cubes. This will help them cook quicker. Boiling whole potatoes is very time consuming, so cutting them into smaller pieces helps the potatoes cook evenly, without becoming overly starchy.
What potatoes are the best for mashed potatoes?
Russet or Yukon Gold are ideal for making mashed potatoes. Both varieties have little moisture and lots of starch, making for light and fluffy potatoes.
They both have great texture, which makes it helpful for absorbing butter and half and half.
How long do I boil potatoes for mashed potatoes?
Place the potatoes in a saucepan and submerge in water. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
You’ll know the potatoes are done when they are tender and easily break apart when pierced with a fork or knife.
What do I add to mashed potatoes to make them creamy?
Once the potatoes are completely cooked, drain off the water and place them back into the pot. Then add cream cheese, butter, sour cream, half and half and Parmesan cheese. These will help make the potatoes wonderfully creamy and fluffy.
Because the potatoes are still hot from boiling, everything will melt together beautifully.
Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes and combine the cheeses, butter and half and half. Do your best to NOT overmix. Overprocessing and over-mashing will result in gummy or gluey potatoes.
FAQ’s on making the best Parmesan mashed potatoes:
DON’T over-work the potatoes. I prefer a simple, hand potato masher over an electric hand mixer. Mixers often over-process the potatoes, resulting in too much starch being released from the potatoes. This creates gluey, gummy and unappealing mashed potatoes.
A simple, manual hand masher is the tool for making mashed potatoes. Some people prefer a hand mixer or a potato ricer, however a hand masher creates the perfect texture for mashed potatoes. Some would say that a hand mixer over-processes potatoes, making them gummy or gluey.
Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese and jack cheeses are ideal for making cheesy mashed potatoes. It is best to add shredded cheese into the potatoes making it easier for melting.
Make the mashed potatoes according to the recipe. When complete, place in a baking dish and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 24-48 hours, prior to your holiday meal. When ready to reheat, preheat oven to 325 degrees. Dot the top of the potatoes with extra butter (2-4 Tbsp.) As the potatoes heat through in the oven, the butter will melt and help keep the potatoes moist, and not dry out. Heat in the oven at 325 for 20-25 minutes or until completely heated through. Just before serving, stir the melted butter throughout the potatoes to fluff. Serve right away.
When stored in an airtight container and refrigerated, mashed potatoes will last for up to 5 days.
With just a little patience, you’ll have potatoes that are restaurant quality. So much better than the instant stuff – once you have these potatoes, you’ll never go back. Take my word for it, home made Parmesan Mashed Potatoes are worth the little time it takes to make.
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- Everything Thanksgiving Stuffing
- Copycat Ruth’s Chris Sweet Potato Casserole
- Roasted Rainbow Carrots
- Healthy Green Bean Casserole
- Cranberry Citrus Salad
- Roasted Butternut Squash Medley
- Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Apricots and Orange
- Garlic & Herb Roasted Potatoes
- How to Make Green Beans Three Ways at Genius Kitchen
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Here’s is simple, delicious recipe for these Easy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes:
- 2.5 lbs. Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" pieces
- 1 tsp. salt
- 4 oz. cream cheese (1/2 of 8 oz. pkg)
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
- 4 Tbsp. butter, melted
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- Minced parsley or chives for garnish, if desired
- To a sauce pan, add the peeled and cut potato pieces and submerge the potatoes with water until they are completely covered. Add 1 tsp. salt.
- Bring the potatoes to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium, and simmer the potatoes for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender. Drain the water and keep the cooked potatoes in the pan.
- To the hot potatoes, add the cream cheese, sour cream, half and half, shredded Parmesan, and melted butter. Mash with a potato masher until added ingredients are melted and the potatoes are creamy and fluffy. Fold in salt and pepper. Taste for proper seasoning.
- Serve right away while hot.
Making Mashed Potatoes in advance for a holiday meal:
Make the mashed potatoes according to the recipe. When complete, place the potatoes in a baking dish and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 24-48 hours, prior to your holiday meal. When ready to reheat, preheat oven to 325 degrees. Dot the top of the potatoes with extra butter (2-4 Tbsp.) As the potatoes heat through in the oven, the butter will melt and help keep the potatoes moist, and not dry out. Heat in the oven at 325 for 20-25 minutes or until completely heated through. Just before serving, stir the melted butter throughout the potatoes to fluff. Serve right away.
Storage: for best results, store the leftover potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Will keep for up to 5 days refrigerated.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 408Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 860mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 10g