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the Pioneer Woman's Creamy Mashed Potatoes

The very first Pioneer Woman dish I ever made was her creamy mashed potatoes. There are some things in life you just don't mess with- these are some of those things.

here we are- discussing potato-to-butter ratios!

Mashed Potatoes:


  • 5 pounds Russet Or Yukon Gold potatoes

  • 3/4 cups butter

  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened

  • 3/4 cup half-and-half

  • 1 teaspoon Lawry's Seasoned Salt

  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  1. Peel and cut the potatoes into pieces that are generally the same size. Bring a large pot of water to a simmer and add the potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook for 30 to 35 minutes. When they’re cooked through, the fork should easily slide into the potatoes with no resistance, and the potatoes should almost, but not totally, fall apart.

  2. Drain the potatoes in a large colander. When the potatoes have finished draining, place them back into the dry pot and put the pot on the stove. Mash the potatoes over low heat, allowing all the steam to escape, before adding in all the other ingredients.

  3. Turn off the stove and add 1 ½ sticks of butter, an 8-ounce package of cream cheese and about ½ cup of half-and-half. Mash, mash, mash! Next, add about ½ teaspoon of Lawry’s Seasoning Salt and ½ a teaspoon of black pepper.

  4. Stir well and place in a medium-sized baking dish. Throw a few pats of butter over the top of the potatoes and place them in a 350-degree oven and heat until butter is melted and potatoes are warmed through.



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