Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

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Take creamy homemade mashed potatoes to the next level with a layer of melted cheese. These cheesy mashed potatoes are melt-in-your-mouth levels of delicious!

Close-up of cheesy mashed potatoes.

Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes? This creamy comfort food is the perfect accompaniment to almost any main meal. We certainly love a mashed potato recipe or five on Southern Plate. We’ve got homemade mashed potatoes with evaporated milk, mashed sweet potatoes, mashed potato cakes, and cheesy garlic mashed potatoes with mozzarella cheese as well. But today we’re turning our attention toward cheesy mash.

 This cheesy mashed potatoes recipe my Mama graciously passed onto me takes regular homemade mashed potatoes up just a notch. All you need is 5 ingredients: potatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, butter, sour cream, and evaporated milk. Oh yes, I don’t mess around. If you want creamy mashed potatoes that melt in your mouth, this is the recipe for you. 

The instructions for this easy recipe are as simple as can be. Simply boil the potatoes until tender, mash them with the evaporated milk and butter, stir in the sour cream, top them with the cheese, and bake! So quick and easy but baked mashed potatoes with cheese are just that little bit extra delicious. What more could you want? Keep reading for step-by-step instructions and some ideas for what to serve alongside your cheesy mashed potatoes.

Labeled ingredients for cheesy mashed potatoes.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Potatoes
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Margarine or butter
  • Sour cream
  • Evaporated milk

How to Make Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

Place peeled and sliced potatoes in pot.

Peel and slice your potatoes and place them in a large pot.

Cover potatoes with water and cook until tender.

Cover with water and cook until tender.

Drain them puppies but keep ’em in the pot.

Add stick of butter to drained potatoes in the pot.

Then add a stick of butter…

Add evaporated milk to pot.

And the whole can of evaporated milk.

Add salt to pot.

Add a teaspoon of salt.

Mash potatoes with potato masher.

Mash all of that together with a handheld potato masher.

You can do this with your hand-held or electric mixer, of course.

I normally do use my mixer for creamy mashed potatoes. However, with these I just prefer them to be a little more rustic and I enjoy the texture of hand-mashed potatoes or “country mashed potatoes” as they are often called.

Stir sour cream into pot.

Stir in the sour cream.

Creamy mashed potatoes in pot.

Oh, nice and creamy!

Spread potato mixture in deep-dish pie plate.

Spoon the potato mixture into a deep dish pie plate or another oven-safe dish.

Top with lots of shredded cheddar cheese.

Top generously with shredded cheddar cheese.

Cheesy mashed potatoes straight out of the oven.

Now you want to place this in the oven at 350 degrees until this cheese melts.

Spoonful of cheesy mashed potatoes.



Store leftover mashed potatoes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. I recommend reheating them on the stovetop with a little extra milk to give them back that creamy consistency.

Recipe Notes

  • Let your butter sit at room temperature while you prep the potatoes. It’ll melt into the potatoes more quickly that way.
  • You can use any kind of cheese in your cheesy mashed potatoes. This might be shredded mozzarella cheese, Monterey Jack, sharp cheddar, or a combination of mozzarella and parmesan cheese. The choice is all yours.

Recipe FAQs

What are the best potatoes to use in mashed potatoes?

You want to use a good starchy potato, like Russet potatoes, Maris Piper, or Yukon Gold potatoes.

What do you serve with cheesy mashed potatoes?

This is a regular Thanksgiving side dish at my house, so I serve it with roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, and green bean casserole. But throughout the year, I also love to serve my cheddar mashed potatoes with roasted chicken, pork chops, baked ham, pot roast, and chicken fried steak

If you want to be extra fancy, add a garnish of chopped fresh parsley, minced chives, or thinly sliced green onions. Another great topping is cooked crumbled bacon bits. Yum!

Check out these other perfect potato recipes:

Mashed Potato Salad

Stewed Potatoes

Honey Roasted Sweet Potato With Cinnamon

Easy Roasted Potatoes

Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes (Freezer Friendly)

The Best German Potato Salad Recipe

Cheesy mashed potatoes.

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

Take creamy homemade mashed potatoes to the next level with a layer of melted cheese. These cheesy mashed potatoes are melt-in-your-mouth levels of delicious!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, mashedpotatoes, potatoes
Servings: 10
Calories: 328kcal


  • 6 large potatoes
  • 1 small can evaporated milk
  • 1 stick margarine or butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt


  • Cut up potatoes, place them in a pot, and cover them with water. Cook until tender and then drain.
    6 large potatoes
  • Add them back to the pot and add margarine, evaporated milk, and about a teaspoon of salt. Mash potatoes with a hand-held potato masher or with a mixer.
    1 small can evaporated milk, salt, 1 stick margarine or butter
  • Add sour cream and mash or stir until blended.
    1/2 cup sour cream
  • Spread the potato mixture into a pie plate or casserole dish. Top with shredded cheese and bake in the oven at 350 until the cheese melts.
    2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


Calories: 328kcal
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    ~sigh~ I told them that my kids don’t get out of Alabama much. 🙂

    Joan: Your own blog! YAY!! Be sure and give me the address so I can add you to my blogroll when I get home! It is difficult to do anything to modify my page over this prehistoric connection I am running on! I am so thrilled!! I can’t WAIT! In case you haven’t noticed…I have kind of a love for recipes ~winks and grins~.

    Donna: Hey! I’m so glad all of y’all knew what I was talking about when I said “country” mashed potatoes! My family consists of potato lovers as well. Whenever I make mashed potatoes (not cheesey ones, but regular), I save some so I can make potato cakes the next day! I’ll try to get that tutorial posted this week as well. They are soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooogood!

  2. Country mashed potatoes are EXPECTED at my house with almost any and every meal! It’s one thing that BOTH my boys like. . . which is rare.

  3. These will be just perfect for my pork chops this evening! You sound like you are having a blast with your family and that is just fabulous. You and Mommys kitchen have inspired me and my daughter is helping me with my own blog! Maybe I can pay you back for all the great recipes you have given me.
    Have a safe trip home!
    Dont forget to play the license plate game!

  4. And p.s. – I’ve always loved listening to southern accents! I had a friend in Rexburg from the south, and she had the awesomest little drawl. It was so cute! I’d probably be one of those people tuning in to you and listening to your accent. 🙂

  5. Those look yummy! We used to eat mashed potatoes with cheese also. I agree – they have to be the rustic, country-mashed variety for it to be really good.

  6. Oooh Bill, they really are! I kinda felt bad posting it because it is so simple. Some of these things, I think “Are they really gonna want a recipe for that?” but in the end decided to post because I do love them soooooo much. Then again, how can you not love mashed potatoes?

    Speaking of which, had the best mashed potatoes in Magic Kingdom today – twice! I got the recipe for them and several other GREAT dishes and can’t wait to post them. I am holding out for one more recipe……and I am sooooooo determined to get it. Tomorrow, I am making it my personal mission.

    We are leaving here early Saturday morning to head back to Bama. It will be about twelve hours so I won’t get anything done that day. I REALLY MISS COOKING! I hope to get some cooking/blogging time in Sunday in between getting a week’s worth of laundry done for four people. Do I give you all a lot of information or what?

    you know what is funny? Disney World attracts folks from all over the globe. Whenever I hear an interesting accent, I catch myself focusing in on it (as nonchalantly as possible) and listening with great interest. I love how people from different places talk!

    Well, this time, I’ve noticed something…when I talk, folks are focusing in and listening to ME!

    Wow. You gotta laugh when hearing a southern accent in the south is an attention getter! I am looking at it through new eyes though. I suppose if you had lived in another country all your life and then come to visit the US and hear the accents, the southern one is very much different from others. Its just funny to think that anyone would actually want to listen to how I talk!
    Night all, we’re gonna conk out for the evening. We got a Dream Pass in Disney today and were invited to stay for an hour and a half after the park closed to ride anything we wanted! It was GREAT!! The kids had such fun riding their favorites over and over with no lines!

    Have a great end of the week and I’ll holler at you again real soon!!!

    Love y’all!

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