Mascarpone mashed potatoes are creamy, smooth, and comforting. Classic mashed potatoes are given a twist from the addition of mascarpone cheese which takes this all-around favorite side dish to another level — making them super silky and rich. Plus, it’s quick and easy to throw together which makes them perfect for your holiday dinner this Thanksgiving, or on the side of any dinner this fall and winter. Cozy comforting side dishes is what this season is all about!
Why You’ll Love Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes
- Mascarpone cheese. Mascarpone is sweet and silky Italian cheese that most people recognize by its role in the ever-delightful tiramisu. It’s comparable to soft cream cheese, but it has an exceptionally high butterfat content. So when mascarpone is added to mashed potatoes, it adds the best buttery, creamy, smooth texture.
- So silky and creamy. When you combine mascarpone cheese and Yukon gold potatoes (which by the way are the creamiest potatoes) you end up with the creamiest mashed potatoes. But add in some butter and half-and-half cream and the texture improves even further. It’s got a decadent creamy texture we can’t get enough of. It’s seriously the creamiest mash you’ll ever have!
- Quick and easy. Mascarpone mashed potatoes (like all mashed potatoes — such as Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream) are quick and easy to make in about 30 minutes. Plus, you can make everything in one pot so clean up is a breeze.
Ingredients and Substitutions
To make this easy mascarpone mashed potatoes, you will need the following ingredients (full quantities in recipe card below):
- potatoes - I recommend using Yukon gold or russet potatoes in this recipe because they are naturally creamy when mashed — which is the goal. They just add the best texture to these silky smooth mashed potatoes.
- mascarpone cheese - you can typically find mascarpone cheese in the fresh deli section of your local grocery store for packaged mascarpone cheese. If you can't find any, you can substitute with cream cheese for a similar result.
- half and half cream
- salt and pepper
- fresh chives - optional, for garnish. You can also garnish with any other fresh herbs such as parsley or thyme.
How to Make the Best Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes
- Boil potatoes. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with salted water to cover potatoes by about an inch. Heat over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until potatoes are soft when you insert a fork.
- Mash potatoes. Drain potatoes and place back in the pot. Use a potato masher (or a fork) to mash the potatoes.
- Add butter and cream. Add in the butter and mascarpone cheese and use an electric hand mixer to mix until melted and incorporated into the potatoes. Slowly add in the cream and continue to whisk with the electric mixer. Add salt and pepper.
- Serve. Remove from heat and transfer to a serving dish, garnish with chives and extra butter, and serve warm.
How to Serve
You can serve delicious creamy mascarpone mashed potatoes on the side of any dinner that you are having. It goes particularly well paired with:
- Juicy Roast Turkey
- Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon
- Ribeye Steak
- Dutch Oven Whole Roast Chicken
- Roasted Turkey Breast
- Honey Glazed Roast Pork
For a holiday dinner, check out my best Thanksgiving Side Dishes that you can serve along with these mashed potatoes.
Recipe Tips and Tricks
- How to store: Leftover mascarpone mashed potatoes can be kept in the refrigerator for up to four days in an airtight container.
- How to reheat: For easy reheating, pop a portion of your mascarpone mashed potatoes in a covered microwave-safe container. Then, reheat on a low or medium setting in 20 to 40-second intervals, mixing in between. For an even better side, consider baking your mascarpone mashed potatoes in a ramekin with some Parmesan on top in a 400F preheated oven for 10-20 minutes.
More Potato Side Dishes
- 40 Best Potato Recipes
- Creamy Potatoes au Gratin
- Crispy Leaf Potatoes
- Roasted Garlic Parmesan Baby Potatoes
- Air Fryer Potatoes
- Hasselback Potatoes
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