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Perfect Mashed Potatoes


From The Pioneer Woman - Ree Drummond

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  • 5 lb russet or Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, cut into pieces, plus more for dish and topping
  • 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp seasoned salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 tsp pepper, plus more to taste


Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 60mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Put potatoes in a large pot. Cover with water and boil over high heat 20 to 25 minutes, until fork-tender. Drain, then put back in pot. Over low heat, mash potatoes 2 to 3 minutes, until mostly smooth, allowing steam and excess moisture to escape.

Add butter, cream cheese, half-and-half, heavy cream, seasoned salt, salt, and pepper. Use masher to combine all ingredients until totally smooth. Spread potatoes in a buttered casserole dish, smoothing out surface. Cover and refrigerate up to 2 days.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Dot top of potatoes with more butter. Bake until piping hot and golden brown on top, 25 to 30 minutes.

Nutritional Information:

Serves 12-16. Per serving: 280 calories, 21g carbs, 4g protein, 20g fat, 60mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 1g fiber

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