Not Your Average Mashed Potatoes

Some people might think about turkey or pumpkin pie when it comes to Thanksgiving, but my favorite dish has been and will always be the mashed potatoes.

Mashed potatoes, you might think? What’s so special about that? Well, if you’ve ever tried my mother’s mashed potatoes, you might think differently.

Tomorrow, I’m going to a friend’s house for a “Friendsgiving” potluck. What’s my dish of choice you ask? You got it – my mother’s mashed potatoes. While not as fast to make as the spiked cider – this dish is positively worth it- and you got it- budget friendly.

The recipe:

6-8 potatoes

8 oz sour cream

8 oz cream cheese


Splash of milk

Mashed PotatoesYeah, that’s it – carb-filled, unhealthy, and delicious.

First comes the worst part ever- the peeling and cutting of the potatoes. This is why I rarely make mashed potatoes. It can be too labor intensive for this indulgent newlywed.

Second, boil the potatoes in water for about 10-15 minutes. Once you are able to break apart the pieces with a fork, drain them.

Once the potatoes are drained, it’s time for my favorite part- the mashing! If you can’t get all the lumps out, don’t worry! By the time you are through with this dish, they will all be gone. I also like to add a splash of milk to move the mashing process along.

Once mashed, add the cream cheese, stirring the potatoes until the cheese is dissolved into melted gooeyness. Next, stir in the sour cream, some butter, and a bit of salt.

As Friendsgiving isn’t until tomorrow, I’m going to wait and bake the dish until then (another wonderful thing about this recipe- you can plan ahead), but when you’re ready, place the mixture into a casserole dish, dot with butter and put in the oven on 350 until they potatoes are golden and bubbly- about 40 minutes.

Stay tuned for pictures of the finished product.

Mashed Potato Recap:

8 Potatoes – $6.74

8 oz. Sour Cream $1.34

8 oz. Cream Cheese $2.18

Estimate of butter/milk $1.00

Total: $11.26

Note: I did not, to Mr. Practical’s chagrin, get the low fat, or generic brands for my Friendsgiving dish, because, hello, it’s Thanksgiving, and what better time to indulge? However, if you do choose to forgo the name brands, the total would be more budget friendly than it already is!

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