Pioneer Woman’s creamy mashed potatoes will be the best taters you’ve ever tasted

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When your usual Thanksgiving mashed potatoes need a recipe revival, who better than Ree Drummond to give you a must-eat side-dish revamp? We turned to the Pioneer Woman’s creamy mashed potatoes to breathe new life into our typical mash, and we are so in love with this ridiculously delish holiday side dish.

If you’ve got a hungry Thanksgiving crowd to feed, fill them up with a holiday meal that will help create unforgettable holiday memories.

For your comfort food-loving guests, this traditional side is often one of the most anticipated dishes on the holiday table — but if you’re going to do it, why not go for an A++ experience? The Pioneer Woman’s creamy mashed potatoes will have your family and friends asking you for the recipe so they can re-live the wonder of this celebrity chef’s side dish long after Thanksgiving is over.

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What makes the Pioneer Woman’s mashed potatoes so impressive? The butter, the cream cheese, and the half and half!

This recipe, which serves ten hungry holiday guests generously, boasts nearly one whole cup of butter and a package of cream cheese. If dreamy, creamy mashed potatoes aren’t enough, this holiday side dish is simply but deliciously seasoned with Lawry’s Seasoned Salt (no MSG here!) and freshly ground black pepper. Finely-chopped fresh chives add a colorful contrast to the mashed spuds.

Set the Pioneer Woman’s creamy mashed potatoes on the table, and watch your Thanksgiving guests dig in. Let’s get mashed!

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Cook the potatoes

Simply place peeled, diced potatoes into a large pot of water and boil for 30 to 35 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender. Drain into a colander and transfer the potatoes back into the pot and start mashing.

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Season potatoes

Add a generous amount of butter pieces, cream cheese and half and half to the potatoes and mash together. Season with Lawry’s Seasoned Salt and freshly ground black pepper and mash the seasonings into the potatoes. Butter makes everything better — so add more! Though these mashed potatoes are already knee-weakingly delish, adding more butter heightens their creaminess and flavor.

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Prepare potatoes for the oven

Transfer the scrumptiously mashed potatoes to a baking dish and dot them with more butter pieces.

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Bake the mashed potatoes until the butter melts like liquid gold. Finally, serve the mashed potatoes with a colorful fresh herb garnish. As soon as you pull these creamy mashed potatoes from the oven, garnish them with finely chopped fresh chives and serve hot. The heat from the potatoes wilts the chives and bring out their mild onion flavor.

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Loaded with glorious butter!

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The creamiest mashed potatoes!

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A side dish everyone will remember

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Savor bite after bite!

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Pioneer Woman’s creamy mashed potatoes

Yield 10 servings


  • 5 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into three-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup butter (1-1/2 sticks), plus two tablespoons, all cut into one-inch pieces
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2  to 3/4 cup half and half
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Lawry's Seasoned Salt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh chives, finely chopped, for garnish


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a simmer over high heat and add the potatoes. Cover the pot with a lid that is set slightly ajar and bring the water to a boil.  
  2. Cook for 30 to 35 minutes, or until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350F.
  4. When the potatoes are fork-tender, drain them into a colander then transfer them back into the dry pot.
  5. Add 1-1/2 sticks of butter, the 8-ounce package of cream cheese, and about 1/2 cup of half-and-half. Mash the potatoes to incorporate the ingredients.
  6. Mash in the Lawry’s Seasoning salt and black pepper. Continue to mash until the potatoes are smooth, creamy and the seasoning is evenly distributed.
  7. Transfer the mashed potatoes to a medium-sized baking dish.
  8. Add two tablespoons of butter pieces over the top of the mashed potatoes and bake in the oven until the butter is melted and the potatoes are heated through.
  9. Immediately garnish the mashed potatoes with the fresh chives.

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