These Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes are some of the silkiest, rich and creamy mashed potatoes you’ll ever try. Buttery, thick, Yukon Gold potatoes are flawlessly combined with cream and butter to become the most addictive mashed potatoes you’ve ever had. Not to mention, this might just be the easiest way to make mashed potatoes!
Reasons To Make This
Yukon Gold Potatoes – These little gold potatoes make the creamiest base for some mashed potatoes!
Customizable– Plain mashed potatoes make a great canvas for some of your favorite toppings! Add garlic butter, gravy, meat, or anything you can think of that would spice up this recipe!
Kid Friendly – There aren’t too many kids that would say no to these silky mashed potatoes.
Superior Side Dish – This is a classic side dish to many main meals, and is the perfect potato recipe to keep on hand for the holidays!
Keep It Warm – Once you’re done making these just throw them in the crockpot to keep if you want to make them a few hours in advance.
Nothing screams comfort food like some soft, classic Yukon Gold mashed potatoes. This makes the perfect side to any main dish, or can be eaten on its own… straight out of the pot… with a very large spoon… Don’t judge, okay?
Let’s discuss how to make this Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, as well as the ingredients that are needed. Please take note that below you will find discussion, expert tips, and answers to frequently asked questions about this recipe to help you recreate it in your kitchen. If you *just* want the recipe itself, scroll down. The full printable recipe itself, with exact measurements and instructions, is found at the bottom of this page.
- Yukon Gold Potatoes – These little old potatoes have a starchy, soft inside that makes the perfect base for this Mashed Potato recipe. Another good option is Russet potatoes. Make sure you thoroughly wash, peel and cube the potatoes into 1” pieces before adding it to the recipe.
- Cream Cheese – Get a brick of cream cheese, not the tub because you’ll need to cut the cream cheese into 1” cubes.
- Half and Half – You can also use heavy whipping cream, or just regular milk. It all depends on how creamy you want your mashed potatoes to be.
- Butter – You can use salted or unsalted butter, it just depends on how salty you like your mashed potatoes.
- Sour Cream – Can’t skip out on this ingredient!
- Seasonings – For this recipe you’ll need garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. You can add other seasonings if you’d like, but I recommend sticking with these ones.
Step By Step Instructions
- Fill a large pot with your peeled and cubed potatoes. Pour water into the pot until the potatoes are covered. The water should be at least an inch above the potatoes. Place the pot over high heat. Salt the water if you’d like, and bring to a boil
- Check on the boiling potatoes every few minutes. Once the potatoes easily break apart when pierced by a fork, the potatoes are done. The boiling process can take anywhere from 10-20 minutes, depending on the size of the cubes, how many potatoes are in the pot, how fresh the potatoes are, ect. Turn off the heat and drain the potatoes in a strainer.
- Return the potatoes to the pot and add butter, cream cheese, the half and half, sour cream, and seasonings. You can add more half and half if you like a thinner consistency.
- Mash the potatoes with a masher or an electric hand mixer. If you use a hand mixer, try not to over-do it so your potatoes don’t become gummy. Serve right away, or store in the crockpot to keep warm!
Tips And Advice
Storage – Store the leftovers of the Yukon Gold mashed potatoes in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Through Thick or thin
The consistency of the mashed potatoes is entirely up to your preference. If you like it super thick, add less half and half, if you like it thin, add more half and half!
However, it is a lot easier to mash potatoes that have more milk in it. That being said, it is also a lot easier to add the cream to the recipe, than it is to take it out. Just add the half and half gradually until you reach the consistency you like.
There are a couple things you might need to make this wonderful recipe:
Yes! For this recipe, you’ll peel the potatoes and cube them before you add them to the recipe.
For this recipe it’s not necessary, you can just boil them. However, you can if you’d like. Soaking the mashed potatoes removes a good amount of starch from the potatoes which helps the potatoes become nice and fluffy.
Recipes You’ll Love
Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes are arguably the best side dish to ever exist. Here are some just as delicious main meals you can make to pair with it.
- Chicken Marsala
- Instant Pot Turkey Breast
- Mississippi Pot Roast
- Glazed Ham
- Ranch Pork Chops
- Pork Tenderloin
- Honey Mustard Pork Chops
Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
- 5 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes washed, peeled and cut into approximately 1" cubes
- 1/2 cup butter salted or unsalted
- 4 ounces cream cheese use brick cream cheese, not tub, and cut into 1" cubes
- 1/2 cup half and half heavy whipping cream or milk may also be used, less or more can be used to reach your desired consistency
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Additional butter and half and half as desired
- Place cubed potatoes into a large pot and cover with water. Water level should be at least an inch above potatoes to allow for proper boiling. Salt water if desired. Bring to a boil.
- Boil until potatoes easily break apart when pierced with a fork. As potatoes are often cut at different sizes, this can take anywhere from 10-20 minutes. After ten minutes start testing by gently stabbing a potato with a fork (this can be done in the water). If it breaks up with no real pressure, then the potatoes are done. Drain.
- Return drained potatoes to empty pot and add in butter, cream cheese, 1/2 cup of half and half, sour cream, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
- If desired, additional half and half, milk or cream can be used to create a thinner consistency. Add about a tablespoon at a time, mixing well after each addition.
- Mash with a potato masher. An electric mixer can be used, but don't over-do it or you'll wind up with gummy mashed potatoes.
Nutrition information is estimated as a courtesy. If using for medical purposes, please verify information using your own nutritional calculator. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.