Smoky & Cheesy Buttermilk Baked Mashed Potatoes

These Smoky & Cheesy Buttermilk Baked Mashed Potatoes are heaven in a bite! They make a great side for your Thanksgiving dinner or appetizer for any day of the week.

Smoky & Cheesy Buttermilk Baked Mashed Potatoes in a Bowl

Smoky & Cheesy Buttermilk Baked Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes might be one of the best foods in the entire world, no? My oldest son would certainly agree. The kid could eat this stuff by the bowlfuls every single day and be the happiest kid alive, lol!

Just wait until you try a bite of these smoky, cheesy mashed potatoes. I used a variety of McCormick’s Gourmet Spices (I am working with McCormick Gourmet, see my disclosure at the end of this post), which kicks this potato recipe up a many notches 🙂  …..and it is a breeze to whip up for any weeknight dinner. Please take a peek; you will want to try this one 🙂  Enjoy!

Ingredients You'll Need to Make Smoky & Cheesy Buttermilk Baked Mashed Potatoes

Here’s your line up. Those were massive potatoes, about 3 pounds.

McCormick Spices

Have I mentioned how much I love my collection of spices? Seriously, my life would not be complete without them. That smoked paprika to the right has made the best recipes, I LOVE it!

McCormick Spices in a Bowl

Gorgeous 🙂

Potato Skins

How to Make The Best Baked Mashed Potatoes

Peel those taters.

Skinned Potatoes on a Cutting Board

Like so 🙂

Sliced Potatoes

Slice and dice those bad boys.

Potatoes Boiling

Place in a large pot of water then bring to a boil until potatoes are fork tender, about 10-15 minutes.

Potatoes Draining in a Strainer

Drain then transfer to bowl of electric or stand mixer.

Cream Cheese, Butter & Potatoes in a Mixing Bowl

Add your cream cheese and butter!

Seasonings in a Bowl

Adding Seasoning to the Potatoes

Add your gorgeous seasonings.

Buttermilk in a Measuring Cup

Buttermilk time 🙂

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

You’ll get a gorgeous light orange mashed potato that smells smoky and fabulous, mmmm!

Smoky & Cheesy Buttermilk Baked Mashed Potatoes in the Oven

Transfer to oven safe dishes and top with cheese to melt.

Two Bowls of Smoky & Cheesy Buttermilk Baked Mashed Potatoes

Here’s what you’ll get, pure heaven, enjoy!

Close-up of Smoky & Cheesy Buttermilk Baked Mashed Potatoes

Two Pots of Smoky & Cheesy Buttermilk Baked Mashed Potatoes

A Spoon Digging into a Bowl of Smoky & Cheesy Buttermilk Baked Mashed Potatoes

Smoky & Cheesy Buttermilk Baked Mashed Potatoes

These Smoky & Cheesy Buttermilk Baked Mashed Potatoes are heaven in a bite! They make a great side for your Thanksgiving dinner, or an appetizer for any day of the week.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 598kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • Oven


  • 3 pounds russet potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt I used McCormick Gourmet Sicilian
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper I used McCormick Gourmet Coarse Grind
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika I used McCormick Gourmet
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Salt I used McCormick Gourmet
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese blend


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. and fill large Dutch oven 3/4 full of water.
  • Peel and cube potatoes and place in water filled Dutch oven. Bring to boil then cook for 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
  • Drain and transfer to the bowl of a stand or electric mixer. Add butter and cream cheese to potatoes and mix on low to combine. Add seasonings and buttermilk until smooth and creamy.
  • Transfer potatoes to individual oven proof baking dishes or one medium sized baking dish and top with cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, until cheese is melted. Remove and serve.


Calories: 598kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 1320mg | Potassium: 1516mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1098IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 398mg | Iron: 3mg
Keywords: baked mashed potatoes, best mashed potatoes, best mashed potatoes recipe, cheesy mashed potatoes

*Disclaimer: I am part of the McCormick Real Gourmet Blogger Program and am being
compensated however the thoughts and recipe are my very own.


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  3. Cindy

    I love these mashed potatoes, I make them often. If I don’t have buttermilk I substitute whole milk. I may have left a review already, can’t remember!!

  4. Billie

    This is one of those recipes that I pinned and forgot about, until I was scrolling through looking for a side dish. I am so sad that I left this recipe in the “vault” for so was incredible and we will be having it routinely. Thanks so much for a super recipe!!

  5. Cindy

    This recipe was the guideline for the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had in my entire life! By accident I used onion salt instead of garlic salt so I added some garlic powder to make up for the flavor. Also, I didn’t have buttermilk so I used whole milk. I love to cook, and have made a plethora of fantastic mashed potato recipes, this by far was the best ever! Thank you so much…:)

  6. Bev

    IMO your disclosure is just more evidence that some of best recipes come from flavour developers like you. Hey, our absolute favourite rib recipe is from McCormick’s ad in Bon Appetit: not sure of the name but it uses McC’s chipotle chili pow. The recipe calls for it to be done slowly in the oven — which I do in cool weather — but with the rub applied and let set then slow-cooked on a gas bbq, it is just as good — in the summer! (Wouldn’t be surprised if that isn’t your creation!!)

  7. Dorine DeLutri

    I always spice up my mashed potatoes, but this recipe looks fabulous! I can’t wait to try it!

  8. Denniel Moorehead

    I made these for Christmas and absolutely love this recipe! (Found it on Pinterest where I’m pretty skeptical about a lot of the recipes, tips and advice people place there.) I’m not much of a cook, so I’m so grateful you posted this recipe that’s just a few steps up from the typical mashed potatoes. Thanks Jenny!

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  10. Suzanne

    I made these tonight and took them to a friend’s house. I popped them in the oven while he cooked the steaks. He asked if I wanted any to take home. He kept all the leftovers. I loved the smoked paprika. I might add a smidge more the next time. Thanks!

  11. Samantha

    I read your blog regularly and have made (and loved) a few of your recipes. I just tried this one last night and they were AMAZING. These will definitely be a staple for future meals.

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