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Smoky and 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!

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

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!

Gorgeous 🙂

Peel those taters.

Like so 🙂

Slice and dice those bad boys.

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

Drain then transfer to bowl of electric or stand mixer.

Add your cream cheese and butter!

Add your gorgeous seasonings.

Buttermilk time 🙂

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

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

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


Smoky and Cheesy Buttermilk Baked Mashed Potatoes

3 lbs russet potatoes

4 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons cream cheese

1 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Sicilian Sea Salt

1/2 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Coarse Grind Black Pepper

1/2 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Smoked Paprika

1/2 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Garlic Salt

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese blend

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. and fill large Dutch oven 3/4 full of water.

2. 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.

3. 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.

Makes 4 servings


*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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  1. 1
    Amanda says:

    Gorgeous, girl! These look fantastic!

  2. 2
    Alissa says:

    Fabulous! I love the added smoky-ness idea.. Cute dishes too!!

  3. 3

    I KNOW I will be seeing these pics of your on FGawker or TSpotting. Simply beautiful photos, Jenny.

    And of course, the recipe’s not too shabby either 🙂

    I love the smoky paprika idea. Yum!!


  4. 4

    I’ve never been a big mashed potato person, but these look and sound amazing. I’d like some for breakfast. 🙂

  5. 5

    I love smoked paprika! I also really love smoked cheese though. Would love to try this with some!

  6. 6
    Yoly says:

    Fantastic recipe!!! I’ll do it very soon.

  7. 7
    Erin A. says:

    Mmmm these look amazing! I was just posting about mashed potatoes on my blog…I ate at a local place this weekend that has the world’s largest Chicken Fried Steak (was on Man vs Food) at 9lbs, and 6lbs of mashers come with it! I just posted about it on my blog, of course dreaming of mashed potatoes and then here it is….a recipe I must try!

  8. 8

    Oh wow, these look yummy. Like a big bowl of mashed potato soup 🙂

  9. 9
    Donna Sullivan says:

    oh YUM!!! Just a question about the smoked paprika and cooking method of the potatoes. I always boil the potatoes then peel them, is there a reason to peel them first? And how different is smoked paprika from the regular? Thanks! [email protected]
    PS Love this site since finding it a few weeks ago! Great job!

    • 9.1
      Jenny says:

      Hi Donna,
      I’ve always peeled my potatoes first before boiling, but I don’t think it matters. As long as you get a fork tender potato, you are good to go 🙂

      The smoked paprika has this incredible smoky flavor that is priceless for recipes. The second I tried it…I was sold completely. Hope you enjoy and great to have you at Picky Palate!!

  10. 10
    Rachel says:

    LOVE mashed potatoes. I can eat them plain (some people need gravy) and I love how the taste all by themselves!! Great post 🙂

    Come take a look at my blog!!!

  11. 11

    Perfect comfort food if you ask me! Now I just need some fried chicken to dip into those potatoes!

  12. 12
    Briana says:

    You had me with the addition of cream cheese :)! These look fantastic! What a great idea to add these spices! I cannot wait to try!

  13. 13
    Susan says:

    Delicious, Jenny! I iagine I’ll be having to make these soon!

  14. 14
    Jane says:

    Love this dish AND your photos! 🙂

  15. 15

    these potatoes were pretty amazing looking to begin with and THEN you put them in the oven.

    oh my. I need these.

  16. 16

    smoked paprika in mashed potatoes is the best! I made a shepherd’s pie with it in the topping = amazing 🙂

  17. 17

    Found your blog through Learn, Laugh, Cook. These potatoes look and sound so good! I have everything to make them except the smoked paprika. I do have McCormick’s regular paprika and didn’t use it much until last night when I made Corn N’ Chicken Scallop. I found a new spice I like! I will definitely have to get some of the smoked paprika next time I go to the store. I may go ahead and try it with the regular paprika tomorrow night and see how it turns out. You’ve got me hungry for mashed potatoes! Can’t make it tonight because I’m working 🙁

  18. 18
    EatLiveRun says:

    Lookin’ good!! I want a bowl of these right now!

  19. 19

    My daughter is always all over me to make mashed potatoes. Little did I know I could just send her over to your house 🙂 These look great Jenny! xo

  20. 20
    Heather says:

    Oh my goodness. Those look wonderful. Now I’m craving mashed potatoes.

  21. 21
    Sharlene says:

    Oh my. I could eat mashed potatoes all day every day. The spice combination in these looks amazing!

  22. 22
    City Share says:

    Those look great. I have to admit that I love mashed potatoes so much that I enjoy them just with a little butter. These might just make me addicted. I love your cute individual baking dishes.

  23. 23
    Tracy says:

    Love the spices in these!!

  24. 24
    Karly says:

    Those look DIVINE. We were planning on going out for dinner tonight, but now I’d rather stay home and eat these mashed potatoes!

    And, just an FYI because these kinds of mistakes on my own blog drive me insane and possibly you feel the same way, you call for sour cream in the body of your post instead of cream cheese. 😉

  25. 25

    You had me and smoked and cheesy! Two of my most favorite flavor profiles!! Thanks for sharing!

  26. 26

    Mashed potatoes are the ultimate comfort food for me! The smoked paprika looks amazing! So do these mashed potatoes! Maybe I”ll use this recipe for my St. Patty’s Day Bangers and Mash dinner!

  27. 27

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  28. 28

    When I read the title, I said “OMG yum!” My husband was immediately interested in this post. I’ll be making this soon I believe!

  29. 29
    Amanda says:

    WOW!! These are AHmazing!!! You go girl… I am loving these!!!

  30. 30

    I LOVE spices! Have you ever tried Penzeys spices? They are wonderful! They have some stores and you can buy online.

    Love your site!

  31. 31

    I just got smoked paprika for the first time but have yet to try it. I added it to the rub I use during grilling season and am crossing my finger’s that it gets warm out!

  32. 32
    Jessica says:

    I am SO excited to make this. I’m not going to lie, I’m probably going to do a reduced-fat version which will not taste nearly as delicious, but I’m still pretty psyched about it 🙂

  33. 33
    Shea says:

    I made these with dinner the other night, and they were wonderful! They’re my new favorite mashed potatoes!

  34. 34
    Erica Williams says:

    BEST POTATOES EVER! I am so glad that I took a little leap and splurged on the Smoked Paprika. Wow! Seriously, I am in love with this dish. Thank you agian for your talent to come up with such amazing recipes!

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    Melissa says:

    OMG! I just tried this recipe today for lunch… It works! 😉

  37. 37
    Leslie says:

    Would it work to make them in advance and then pop them in the oven from the fridge? I know you would have to cook them longer. I am looking for things I can do in advance with all the holiday entertaining I have on the horizon.

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    Onofre says:

    They are just what I will serve on Thanksgiving!! Yum…can hardly wait.

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    Samantha says:

    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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    Suzanne says:

    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!

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    Allyson Dae says:

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    Denniel Moorehead says:

    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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    Dorine DeLutri says:

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

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    Bev says:

    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!!)

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    Cindy says:

    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…:)

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    Billie says:

    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!!

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    Cindy says:

    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!!

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