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 appetizer for any day of the week.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 598kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • Oven


  • 3 lbs russet potatoes
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 tsp sea salt I used McCormick Gourmet Sicilian
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper I used McCormick Gourmet Coarse Grind
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika I used McCormick Gourmet
  • 1/2 tsp 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 baked potatoes, best mashed potatoes, best mashed potatoes recipe, cheesy mashed potatoes, cheesy potatoes, cheesy potatoes recipe, potato side dish

*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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56 Responses
  1. Leslie

    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.

  2. Erica Williams

    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!

  3. Shea

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

  4. Jessica

    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 🙂

  5. Natalie @ hellonatalie

    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!

  6. jen @ onecurlyfry

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

    Love your site!

  7. healthy&homemade

    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!

  8. Donna from Yumma Yumma

    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!

  9. Megan @ Loving the little things

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

  10. Karly

    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. 😉

  11. City Share

    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.

  12. marla {family fresh cooking}

    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

  13. Chris "Kickstart" Beason

    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 🙁

  14. brandi@BranAppetit

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

  15. jen @ the baked life

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

    oh my. I need these.

  16. Briana

    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!

  17. Lisa {Smart Food and Fit}

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

  18. Rachel

    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!!!

  19. Donna Sullivan

    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!
    PS Love this site since finding it a few weeks ago! Great job!

    1. Jenny

      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!!

  20. Erin A.

    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!

    1. Jenny

      How funny Erin, I can just picture that Fried Steak, lol! I’m a fan of comfort food, which is a bit dangerous, lol!

  21. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is

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

  22. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish)

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

  23. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

    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!!


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