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Pioneer Woman Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Craving some comfort food? Let me tell you about the Pioneer Woman’s mashed potatoes.

The secret to these creamy mashed potatoes is using a mix of butter, cream cheese, and half-and-half.

One trick I swear by is mashing the potatoes over low heat to let the steam escape before adding the ingredients.

This little step makes them extra fluffy.

What I love most is that you can easily make them ahead of time, making dinner prep less hectic.

Now, let’s get ready to make the best mashed potatoes you’ve ever tasted!

How to Make Pioneer Woman Mashed Potatoes

pioneer woman mashed potatoes

Ingredients

  • 5 lbs. Russet Potatoes
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 package Cream Cheese (8 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup Half-and-Half
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 3-5 heads Roasted Garlic Cloves (optional)

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1:

Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1- to 2-inch pieces.

Put the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with water.

Add 1 tablespoon of salt to the water.

Step 2:

Place the pot on the stove and turn the heat to high.

Bring the water to a boil.

Boil the potatoes for 10-15 minutes until they break apart easily with a fork.

Step 3:

Drain the potatoes thoroughly in a large colander.

Return the potatoes to the dry pot.

Mash the potatoes over low heat to allow the steam to escape.

Step 4:

Turn off the stove and add the butter.

Add the cream cheese, cut into smaller pieces.

Pour in the half-and-half.

Step 5:

Mash the mixture together until smooth and creamy.

If using, stir in the roasted garlic cloves.

Season with additional salt to taste if needed.

Serve while hot.

Tips and Tricks for Making This Recipe

Use Warm Butter and Cream Cheese

Room temperature or slightly warm butter and cream cheese mix into the potatoes more easily and help create a smoother texture.

Avoid Overmixing

Overmixing mashed potatoes can make them gluey. Mix just until everything is combined and smooth.

Roast Garlic for Extra Flavor

Roasting garlic enhances its sweetness and adds depth to the mashed potatoes. Just wrap the garlic heads in foil and bake at 400°F for about 30 minutes.

Adjust Consistency with Half-and-Half

If your mashed potatoes seem too thick, add a little more half-and-half, a bit at a time, until you reach your desired creaminess.

Salt Water Generously

Salting the water while boiling the potatoes helps infuse them with flavor from the start, so don’t be shy with the salt.

What to Serve with Pioneer Woman Mashed Potatoes

pioneer woman mashed potatoes ready to serve

Classic Pairings

Beef roast and mashed potatoes always go hand-in-hand for a comforting and hearty meal.

Grilled chicken breasts provide a lighter option that balances the richness of the mashed potatoes.

Savory Surprises

Think about pairing mashed potatoes with a savory mushroom risotto for a double dose of creamy goodness.

You might also consider serving them alongside a tangy pork loin with apple cider glaze, adding a touch of sweetness and acidity to the meal.

Veggie Delights

Don’t overlook the potential of a vibrant roasted vegetable medley, which brings both color and texture to your plate.

For an unexpected twist, try serving mashed potatoes with a spinach and feta stuffed portobello mushroom for a burst of earthy and tangy flavors.

Variations and Substitutions

Dairy-Free Option

If you’re avoiding dairy, you can use plant-based alternatives.

Swap the butter with a vegan margarine or coconut oil.

Instead of cream cheese, try using a dairy-free cream cheese substitute.

For the half-and-half, you can use almond milk or another non-dairy milk.

Garlic Lovers

Adding some garlic can give the mashed potatoes a wonderful flavor.

You can roast a few cloves of garlic and mash them into the potatoes.

Alternatively, you can sauté minced garlic and mix it in just before serving.

Extra Creamy

For an extra creamy texture, you can add a bit more half-and-half.

You can also include a dollop of sour cream or a splash of heavy cream.

Different Cheese Choices

Cheddar is a popular addition, but you can experiment with other cheeses.

Try using Parmesan, Gruyere, or even blue cheese for a unique twist.

Healthier Substitutions

If you’re looking to make the potatoes a bit healthier, you can use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.

You can also use a bit of olive oil instead of butter.

Another option is to use low-fat milk in place of half-and-half.

How to Store Leftover Pioneer Woman Mashed Potatoes

Cool Down

Before storing, let the mashed potatoes cool to room temperature.

This helps prevent condensation in the storage container.

Containers

Transfer the mashed potatoes to an airtight container.

Smaller portions can be stored in resealable plastic bags.

This makes it easier to reheat only what you need.

Refrigerator

Place the container in the refrigerator if you plan to use the potatoes within a few days.

They can safely be stored for up to 3-5 days.

Freezer

For longer storage, transfer the mashed potatoes to the freezer.

Make sure to label the container with the date.

They can last for up to two months in the freezer.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Adding Cold Butter and Milk

One major mistake to avoid is adding cold butter and milk to your mashed potatoes.

Cold ingredients can cause the potatoes to become lumpy instead of smooth.

You should always heat the milk and melt the butter before mixing them in for better texture.

Overmixing the Potatoes

Overworking the potatoes can lead to a gummy or gluey texture that isn’t pleasant.

If you use a mixer or food processor, you risk releasing too much starch from the potatoes.

The best approach is to mash the potatoes by hand to prevent overmixing.

Not Salting the Water Enough

Another common mistake is not salting the water sufficiently when boiling your potatoes.

Potatoes can be bland if not seasoned properly during the cooking process.

Heavily salting the water ensures that the potatoes absorb some of the salt, which enhances their flavor.

pioneer woman mashed potatoes

Pioneer Woman Mashed Potatoes Recipe

The secret to these creamy mashed potatoes is using a mix of butter, cream cheese, and half-and-half.
One trick I swear by is mashing the potatoes over low heat to let the steam escape before adding the ingredients.
This little step makes them extra fluffy.
What I love most is that you can easily make them ahead of time, making dinner prep less hectic.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 5
Ingredients
  
  • 5 lbs. Russet Potatoes
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 package Cream Cheese 8 oz.
  • 1/2 cup Half-and-Half
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 3-5 heads Roasted Garlic Cloves optional
Instructions
 
  • Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1- to 2-inch pieces.
  • Put the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with water.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of salt to the water.
  • Place the pot on the stove and turn the heat to high.
  • Bring the water to a boil.
  • Boil the potatoes for 10-15 minutes until they break apart easily with a fork.
  • Drain the potatoes thoroughly in a large colander.
  • Return the potatoes to the dry pot.
  • Mash the potatoes over low heat to allow the steam to escape.
  • Turn off the stove and add the butter.
  • Add the cream cheese, cut into smaller pieces.
  • Pour in the half-and-half.
  • Mash the mixture together until smooth and creamy.
  • If using, stir in the roasted garlic cloves.
  • Season with additional salt to taste if needed.
  • Serve while hot.

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