Recipe Review

Martha Stewart’s Recipe for Her Mom’s Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese Is the Thanksgiving Twist You’ll Be Thankful For

published Nov 19, 2021
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Mashed potato croquette filling in bowl.
Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman | Food Stylist: Cyd McDowell

After helping us satisfy our sweet tooth with her delicious giant oatmeal raisin cookie recipe and evoking holiday nostalgia with her no-knead seeded overnight bread, Martha Stewart is back with a twist on a classic comfort food. The Queen of Cookbooks is lifting the lid on one of her favorite recipes: Mrs. Kostyra’s (aka her mom!) Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese. Yes, you read that right: Mashed potatoes with cream cheese. Now if that doesn’t get your mouth watering, nothing will. 

With only six ingredients and three easy steps, this recipe will make even the most novice chef feel like a pro in the kitchen. You’ll start by adding white — or Yukon Gold — potatoes and salt in a medium pot. After adding enough water to cover the potatoes with two inches of cold water, bring it all to a boil. Once it begins to boil, simply reduce the heat and let those potatoes simmer for about 35 minutes so that they become nice and tender. Afterwards, drain the water and be sure to let the potatoes cool before rubbing off the skin so as to not burn yourself from all the heat. When you’re done, finish by cutting the potatoes into large pieces.

Once you’ve got your chopped potatoes, you’re ready for the fun part. Combine your potatoes, unsalted butter, cream, warm milk, and — the featured guest — cream cheese in a mixer bowl. Season the mix with salt and pepper, and beat to achieve your desired consistency.

By now, you’re almost ready to taste your creation. Simply return your mashed potatoes to the pot and place them over medium heat. While it’s cooking, add your remaining cream and consistently stir until heated throughout.

You’ll then be ready to add a scoop of this creamy goodness as a complement to your favorite dish — or grab a big bowl and spoon and make it the main attraction. Either way you choose to indulge, you’ll want to curl up with a good book and a blanket after devouring this comforting goodness.

If this made you as hungry as I hoped it would, watch the full video below and check out the recipe here.