Easy Creamy Mashed Potato Recipe

Easy Creamy Mashed Potato Recipe

You will NEVER make another mashed potato recipe again! This Easy Creamy Mashed Potato Recipe is the BEST on pinterest and the whole world! Simple ingredients that really pack a punch. Bet you can’t guess what the secret ingredient is (hint, it’s what helps this mashed potato recipe be the creamiest!) #mashedpotatorecipe #potatorecipes #thanksgivingsides #thanksgivingrecipes

Check out these other great recipes as well!

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From Scratch Stuffing

Sweet Potato Casserole

We all have that one dish that we’re known for.

You know, the one you have to make EVERY single holiday.

It’s pretty much a given that that dish is yours and yours alone. Every year you make a bit more (because last year there wasn’t enough) and still…every single year you never make enough!

For me…that dish is THIS mashed potato recipe. 

My mashed potato recipe is not complicated.

It is SO simple.

The best dishes always are. 😉

They are not low calorie or low fat either (although, you could make it low fat by using low fat dairy products…but why would you do that?).

These potatoes will stick to you like glue…but it will be worth it.

Now…I never really measure anything in this recipe. I make it to taste, and the amounts can vary each time.

This is pretty consistently my recipe for big gatherings though. When I make them for just the 4 of us, obviously all the ingredients are taken down to portions consistent with a family of 4.

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this mashed potato recipe. It might have simple ingredients but it packs a big flavor punch.

Let me know if you try it!

Heather’s Famous Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 5 lb bag of potatoes (I like russet) – peeled, washed, and sliced
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 stick of butter
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • milk (amount will vary)

Directions:

  1. Boil your potatoes in a pot until they are soft
  2. Drain your potatoes
  3. While they are draining, throw your butter and cream cheese into the hot pot you just poured the potatoes out of and let it start to get melty as you drain the potatoes
  4. Put the drained potatoes back in the pot and season liberally with salt and pepper (you can always add more)
  5. Using a hand held mixer (or your Kitchen Aid stand mixer), mix up your potatoes incorporating the cream cheese and butter as you go.
  6. Now add milk slowly, a bit at a time until you get to a creamy (but not wet) consistency. This is usually between 2-4 tablespoons. The milk can make or break this dish! So add little bits at a time because you can always add more, but you can’t take any out.
  7. Taste your potatoes and see if they are flavored well, if not add more salt and/or pepper.

There you have it! Rich, creamy potatoes that everyone will rave over.

You can put this in a crockpot and set it to warm and it will do just fine on your countertop for quite awhile. It stores fairly well too (although I wouldn’t freeze it).

Easy Creamy Mashed Potato Recipe
Ingredients
  • 5 lb bag of potatoes (I like russet) – peeled, washed, and sliced
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 stick of butter
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • milk (amount will vary)
Instructions
  1. Boil your potatoes in a pot until they are soft
  2. Drain your potatoes
  3. While they are draining, throw your butter and cream cheese into the hot pot you just poured the potatoes out of and let it start to get melty as you drain the potatoes
  4. Put the drained potatoes back in the pot and season liberally with salt and pepper (you can always add more)
  5. Using a hand held mixer (I seriously swear by this. I’ve tried mashing, I’ve tried my Kitchen Aid…hand mixer is the way to go), mix up your potatoes incorporating the cream cheese and butter as you go.
  6. Now add milk slowly, a bit at a time until you get to a creamy (but not wet) consistency. This is usually between 2-4 tablespoons. The milk can make or break this dish! So add little bits at a time because you can always add more, but you can’t take any out.
  7. Taste your potatoes and see if they are flavored well, if not add more salt and/or pepper.
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Cheesy Mashed Potato & Broccoli Casserole Recipe

Leftover mashed potatoes are a rarity in our household.

It happens though. From time to time, we end up with some leftover mashed potatoes and when we do, I make one of two recipes.

Either Shepard’s Pie (I’ll have to post the recipe for that one day!) or this tasty Cheesy Mashed Potato and Broccoli Casserole!

This is too easy! Use what you have on hand to make it your own.

Cheesy Mashed Potato and Broccoli Casserole

Adapted from Damn Delicious

Ingredients: 

  • Around 2 cups of Leftover Mashed Potatoes
  • 12 ounces broccoli florets (slightly steamed)
  • 2 cups cheddar or colby jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup crushed Ritz crackers

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Lightly grease a casserole dish with nonstick spray.
  3. Spread mashed potatoes along the bottom of the casserole dish.
  4. Layer the steamed broccoli on top of the mashed potatoes. Top with cheese and ritz crackers.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until cheese is melted.

Enjoy!

11 Game Day Recipes-Appetizers, Finger Foods and Dips!

Here are some game day recipes that have been posted on Family Friendly Frugality.

These game day recipes are all fairly budget friendly (although I won’t claim they are waist friendly!) and they are ALL YUMMY!

  1.  Cheesy Ground Beef Bean Dip
  2. Mini Ham and Swiss Party Rolls (Can Be Prepared Ahead of Time!)
  3. Baked Taquitos with Slow Cooked Carnitas & Cheese
  4. Game Day-Fruit Filled Rainbow Cups

  5. Game Day Worthy Stuffed Baked (Mini) Potatoes
  6. Game Day Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Nachos

  7. Spinach & Artichoke Dip Recipe: Make It Better At Home!
  8. Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pull Apart Bread Recipe
  9. Frugal Recipes: Lighter “Yellow” Potato Salad

  10. A Healthier Flash Fried Chicken Recipe (Really)
  11. Frugal Recipes | Cheryl’s Chili-Perfect for Fall!

 

Let me know if you include any of our Game Day recipes into your festivities!

Our Thanksgiving Menu (with Links to Recipes!) With a Message for YOU!

Who is excited for Thanksgiving? I know I am!

This year we are hosting Thanksgiving lunch at our house for my husband’s side of the family (we’ll be going to my side of the family in the evening).

We have a GREAT feast planned!

My SIL’s are both bringing some yummy sides, drinks and desserts and my MIL has been busy in the kitchen all day making the pies, gravy and cranberry sauce (her specialties!).

I wanted to link you to some of the recipes I’ll be dishing up tomorrow. Hopefully you’ve already done your menu/grocery shopping, but if not these recipes are awesome and tried and true!

From Scratch Stuffing

Sweet Potato Casserole

My FAMOUS Mashed Potatoes!

Baked Macaroni and Cheese 

Finally I’ll be using this brine recipe and this turkey recipe (minus the brine). I’ll let you know how it turns out!

We will be using mainly GoodCook items to cook with since GoodCook sent us the most awesome Thanksgiving basket!

Enjoy your feast tomorrow and know that I am so thankful for all of YOU! From the very start, the FFF community has encouraged and inspired me and I wouldn’t be where/who I am today without all of you. So THANK YOU!

May God bless your families as you meet and eat tomorrow in thanksgiving!

40 Amazing Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

I love Thanksgiving.

It’s an eating holiday (oh yeah, and a time to say what you are thankful for too), and I like eating holidays.

I especially like the desserts!

I’m not often a dessert person. I’ll take a big savory meal over something sweet any day.

Except Thanksgiving! Then I just want it all!

Check out this AMAZING round up of Thanksgiving Desserts!

Might give you some ideas on what to bring to the many Thanksgiving dinners/brunches/lunches/company parties you will be attending this year!

If you make any of these, be sure to come back and let me know what you think!

Old Fashioned Easy From Scratch Stuffing Recipe

Easy From Scratch Stuffing Recipe

Looking for an Easy From Scratch Stuffing Recipe? This old fashioned stuffing recipe is full of flavor and can easily be made ahead! This stuffing recipe has REAL bread, tasty sausage and tons of herbs & spices. Whether you stuff your turkey with this stuffing or not, you’ll want to eat a whole bowl of this stuffing recipe!

I love stuffing. I’d eat it year round.

In fact, I do eat the boxed stuff year round! (I love to use it in this chicken and stuffing recipe!)

Once a year though, I pull out this old fashioned from scratch stuffing recipe and I make a huge roasting pan full of it!

It’s SO good…and it has some unexpected ingredients in it!

This Old Fashioned From Scratch Stuffing Recipe might be a lot of work…but it’s soooo worth it.

Do it just once and you’ll have to do it again!

(you also will want to check out my sweet potato casserole recipe AND my mashed potato recipe which is practically award winning!)

Old Fashioned From Scratch Stuffing

Inspired by Paula Dean

Ingredients

  • 2 loaves white bread (I used Pepperidge Farm…it was recommended and it worked well!)
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 sleeve crushed saltines
  • 1 pound bulk breakfast sausage
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 7 cups chicken stock
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage leaves
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 stick butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Tear up your bread into small-ish pieces. It doesn’t have to be perfect! Lay it out on a baking sheet and dry it out in a 250 degree oven. I had to do several batches!
  2. Next, mix together your dried bread, your white rice and saltines.
  3. Cook your breakfast sausage, celery and onions together until the sausage is browned and the celery and onions are translucent.
  4. In a VERY big mixing bowl or pot, stir the sausage mixture into your bread/rice/saltine mixture.
  5. Add chicken stock, salt, pepper, sage, poultry seasoning and stir
  6. Add eggs and butter and stir thoroughly.
  7. Pour stuffing into a large casserole dish and roasting pan that has been greased with butter.**
  8. Cook in a preheated oven (350 degrees) for around 45 minutes.

Enjoy!

** Alternatively, you could stuff this into your turkey! You’ll likely have too much for one bird though, so still expect to bake some of it.

Old Fashioned From Scratch Stuffing
Ingredients
  • 2 loaves white bread (I used Pepperidge Farm…it was recommended and it worked well!)
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 sleeve crushed saltines
  • 1 pound bulk breakfast sausage
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 7 cups chicken stock
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage leaves
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 stick butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Tear up your bread into small-ish pieces. It doesn’t have to be perfect! Lay it out on a baking sheet and dry it out in a 250 degree oven. I had to do several batches!
  2. Next, mix together your dried bread, your white rice and saltines.
  3. Cook your breakfast sausage, celery and onions together until the sausage is browned and the celery and onions are translucent.
  4. In a VERY big mixing bowl or pot, stir the sausage mixture into your bread/rice/saltine mixture.
  5. Add chicken stock, salt, pepper, sage, poultry seasoning and stir
  6. Add eggs and butter and stir thoroughly.
  7. Pour stuffing into a large casserole dish and roasting pan that has been greased with butter.**
  8. Cook in a preheated oven (350 degrees) for around 45 minutes.
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Tasty & Sweet Slow Cooker OR Instant Pot Sweet Potato Casserole

Slow Cooker OR Instant Pot Sweet Potato Casserole

Are you a fan of sweet potato casserole? Typically when I make sweet potato casserole, I am making a TON of other dishes. This slow cooker or Instant Pot sweet potato casserole recipe frees up your stove and oven for other things! You will not regret making this. This sweet potato casserole recipe will make even the sweet potato HATER in your family fall in love!

These are my FAVORITE Thanksgiving recipes:

Creamy Parmesan Spinach Recipe

Easy Creamy Mashed Potato Recipe

Black Eyed Pea, Shoepeg Corn and Avocado Salsa

Old Fashioned Easy From Scratch Stuffing Recipe

A few years back my sister in law made a sweet potato casserole dish that knocked my socks off!

This was pretty remarkable because I’ve NEVER been a fan of sweet potato casserole.

Ever.

I’m not a marshmallow fan (unless it’s in Rice Krispy treats) and was only a moderate sweet potato fan in general.

These were so tasty though!

I found out later that they are tasty because half the dish is actually sugar 😉 . It’s Thanksgiving though, so I say…live  a little! It’s more “dessert” tasting than side item, but who doesn’t need a bit more sweetness in their life?

This recipe is actually inspired by Reba McEntire’s Sweet Potato Casserole with just a few tweaks from me.

Tasty Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients: 

  • 3 large sweet potatoes (soften them in the microwave and peel and cube them)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

***Topping***

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped

Directions:

  1. Place the cubed sweet potatoes in the slow cooker with the salt, vanilla extract, cinnamon, granulated sugar and butter.
  2. Mash the potatoes as well as you can and stir it all together.
  3. Cook on low for about 2-3 hours
  4. Mix the topping ingredients and add the topping about 30-45 minutes before you plan to serve.

Enjoy!

Tip: To make this in the instant pot, you would use the “slow cooker” function.

This is so tasty! I think you’ll love it too!

Tasty & Sweet Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole
Ingredients
    • 3 large sweet potatoes (soften them in the microwave and peel and cube them)
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup butter, melted
    • ***Topping***
    • 1/4 cup butter, melted
    • 3 tablespoons flour
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
Instructions
    1. Place the cubed sweet potatoes in the slow cooker with the salt, vanilla extract, cinnamon, granulated sugar and butter.
    1. Mash the potatoes as well as you can and stir it all together.
    1. Cook on low for about 2-3 hours
  1. Mix the topping ingredients and add the topping about 30-45 minutes before you plan to serve.
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