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Create Creamy, Dreamy Mashed Potatoes With Martha Stewart’s Secret Ingredient


Few things get passed from generation to generation other than genes and the occasional jewelry. But somehow, family recipes manage to survive despite new kitchen gadgets and ever-changing food trends. So it’s understandable if you’re resistant to changing things — especially when it comes to something as classic as mashed potatoes.

There are plenty of different ways to eat potatoes, but mashed has a special place in our hearts. If you dare to try something different, though, you’ll be rewarded with the silkiest mashed potatoes you’ve ever tasted. Don’t worry; there are no drastic recipe adjustments here, no special ways of cooking the potatoes. All you have to do is add one ingredient: cream cheese. In fact, this secret ingredient has even Martha Stewart’s mom swooning. Check out the recipe from Martha herself!

Now, we know why classic mashed potatoes are already well-loved: they’re light and fluffy and buttery, perfect as a side dish to any dinner. But by putting cream cheese in your mash, you’ll be adding extra flavor and creaminess to your typical comfort food, and your kids will be coming back for seconds. This one simple addition brings an added layer of decadence and richness to the dish, making your mashed potatoes all the more sinful. Once you try this trick, going back to plain old mashed taters with milk and butter just won’t seem like an option. 

To make mashed potatoes with cream cheese, follow your usual mashed potatoes recipe, and simply add eight ounces of cream cheese when it’s time to mix the potatoes, butter, milk, and/or any other ingredients. Yup, that’s it! With this one simple trick that takes no extra time at all, you’ll be feasting on the best mash you — and your family — have ever had. Hey, maybe your family recipe could use a modern update! For the fluffiest potatoes, make sure you also try our simple ricer trick.

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