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Mashed Potatoes (From Heaven) from TheFoodCharlatan.com

Mashed Potatoes {from heaven}

These mashed potatoes are very forgiving. I usually just pour stuff in til it tastes good. So treat this as a guide rather than scripture. As I tell everyone who asks how to make these: when in doubt, add more butter and more salt.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 286kcal
Author Karen


  • 5 pounds potatoes
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup sour cream + 2 tablespoons, I always use light
  • 1/4 cup milk + 1 tablespoon
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion
  • 3 shakes lemon pepper generous shakes


  • Peel and chop the potatoes. (I weighed mine after peeling and it ended up being 4 pounds total.) Place the potatoes in a large pot of water and turn the heat to high. When it has reached a boil, lower the heat to medium, and continue to simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain the potatoes.
  • Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes, being sure to leave a few chunks. (Do not use a mixer. Then you get glue. Grooooss.) Add the butter, sour cream, milk, and cream cheese*, stirring well after each addition. Add the salt, pepper, seasoning salt, parsley, garlic, onion, and lemon pepper. Adjust seasonings to your taste and enjoy!
  • *Sometimes I don't have cream cheese in the fridge. No biggie. Just up your sour cream a bit. (Or "so-cray" as Eric calls it.)


Note: The asparagus you see in these pictures is Balsamic-Browned Butter Asparagus. It is to-die-for. I didn't think these mashed potatoes could get any better, but if you drizzle them (as the pictures show) with the sauce from this asparagus recipe, they actually do.
Source: my mom Janice


Serving: 1g | Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 380mg | Potassium: 1155mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 279IU | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg