Holiday Menu Item: Sunny's Mashed Potatoes

Sunny's Mashed Potatoes

I am in a potato coma and I don't care!

I dove into these creamy, tangy potatoes and just couldn't stop. We usually reserve these for special occasions, because they are so rich (...and by "rich", I mean fattening!). I made them tonight, though, mostly because I recently got braces and can only drink soup using a straw (frustrating!) and I was dying for something "solid" that I didn't need to chew.

Anyway, these are always on our table at Thanksgiving so I wanted to share this easy recipe with you. I'm reasonably certain, that once you have these, you will love them as much as we do. Don't be fooled by the few simple ingredients.. the combo is simply magical.

I first had mashed potatoes this way at my sister-in-law Sunny's home. She is quite the cook and these potatoes are but one example. 

Sunny's Mashed Potatoes

Serves 4-5 (recipe easily doubled)

2 extra large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large even chunks
1 stick butter, room temperature
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sour cream, room temperature
kosher salt to taste
freshly cracked pepper to taste

Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Be sure pot is large enough for water to cover potatoes and not be more than 3/4 full. Heavily salt the water. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are fork tender, approximately 15 minutes.

Drain potatoes and return to the pot. Add butter, cream cheese, and sour cream, then mash using a potato masher. Alternatively, you may blend using a hand mixer. Add salt and pepper to taste.

mashing the potatoes, butter, cream cheese, and sour cream
delicious, creamy, and rich
I would forego dessert for these potatoes!

PS, I know there's a lot of butter, cream cheese, and sour cream (calories, calories, calories!) in these, but there are only a handful of times a year that I'll splurge on these, and for me - it's well worth it!


  1. These look so good...nothing better than high-octane mashed potatoes!! Yep...Thanksgiving is the time I break out the real butter, cream, etc. It's a day to indulge...we can eat salad next weekend and go for walks, yes?

  2. If those aren't the most amazing looking mashed potatoes, I just don't know what. Wow! They look so creamy and amazing! True, they're a splurge, but perfect for the holiday table. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and hope your teeth are feeling better!

  3. Wendy - perhaps I should change the name to "Sunny's High Octane Mashed Potatoes"!

    Diva - Thank you - my teeth are slowly but surely getting better - I think it was the potatoes last night that did it! ;-)

  4. Sometimes simple is the best! Yum, yum, and more yum! And everyone needs those full on calorie comfort foods once in a while! :)

  5. potatoes are my weakness! it looks amazing!

  6. Mmmmmmmm...how could those be anything but wonderful?

  7. Good lord - I almost want to lick my computer screen that "mash" looks so good. I always put sour cream in my mashed potato, but I never thought of adding cream cheese as well - I've so got to try that.

    You poor thing getting braces (at least you have soup weather now) - how long do you have to have them on for?


  8. Hi Sue - the doctor says about 18 months so not too bad as these things go I guess. I just wish I could get to the part where I could chew again! But you're right, at least it's soup weather!

  9. I love mash potatoes. I have to tell you a secret..well it will be out now:)) When I go the restaurant(buffet) I am always taking first a bowl of mash potatoes, I know, I am totally weird..! And your version look amazing!