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37 Best Mashed Potatoes Recipes (All Types)

Photo collage of different types of Mashed Potatoes Recipes.

Whether you like it smooth or lumpy, mashed potatoes are one of the ultimate comfort foods that very few can resist. It is known and enjoyed worldwide partly because of its versatility, richness, and decadence. And, although many might consider it only suitable as a side to a family meal, it is a delight as a meal in itself.

It can also easily be jazzed up to impress at a dinner party or during the festive season. Mashed potatoes are a crowd favorite that you can present and prepare more ways than days in a month. The only headache would be trying to decide which recipe to try next.

Here are 37 of the best ones to try:

1. Steakhouse Garlic Mashed Potatoes

A classic delicious Steakhouse Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

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This dish boasts a robust garlic flavor and a rich mash created by cream cheese and butter. However, the winning element that should convince you to make it TODAY is that this recipe relieves you from having to peel the potatoes first – they go straight in. These garlic mashed potatoes are thus tasty as well as requiring less effort.

What more could you want?

Tips:

  • You can replace the fresh garlic with half a teaspoon of powdered garlic.
  • Refrain from overworking your mash. Red skin potatoes become gluey faster than, for example, russet or Yukon potatoes.

2. Sausage and Mashed Potato Pie

Sausage and Mashed Potato Pie on a white plate.

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The Brits know their bangers and mash, including world-renowned Jamie Oliver. His recipe keeps the classic combination but with a twist, presenting it as sausage and mashed potato pie. The secret ingredient in this dish is apples, elevating an otherwise heaving meal into something refreshing and delicious.

Tip:

  • If you don’t have Cumberland sausages, don’t worry. You can use any other type of your choice, including veggie sausages.

3. Carrot and Sweet Potato Mash

Carrot and Sweet Potato Mash on a wooden table.

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Try this carrot and sweet potato mash if you want something lighter and healthier. Besides being good for you, it also delivers in taste and has a brilliant gold hue that looks the part. Another bonus is that this dish only takes 15 minutes to prepare, making it a great go-to recipe for a midweek meal.

Tips:

  • You can replace the sweet potato with butternut squash or pumpkin.
  • This version of the traditional mashed potato uses sweeter vegetables, which pair well with more robust proteins, like steak or lamb chops. However, if you want to keep it vegetarian, you can serve the mash with any green veggies.

4. Mashed Potato Puffs

Mashed Potato Puffs with bacon and cheese.

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A fantastic way to use leftover mash is by reviving them as mashed potato puffs. These bites are perfect for a school lunchbox or a lovely addition to brunch over the festive season when you have lots of leftover potato mash.

Tips:

  • This recipe allows you to add different ingredients and flavors you like. For example, you can replace the bacon with Spanish chorizo or smoked ham.
  • You can also make these mashed potato puffs meat-free by keeping the bacon out and adding mushrooms or broccolini.

5. Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole out of the oven.

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This loaded mashed potato casserole puts the humble potato up front and center, with bacon and cheese playing the parts of supporting actors. It is a meal on its own (hence the ‘loaded’) and might take an hour, but it is worth the wait, as it will soon become a family favorite.

Tips:

  • Replace the Russet potatoes with Yukon if you cannot find the former.
  • This mashed potato casserole is very rich and satisfying. To balance it off, serve it with steamed vegetables.

6. Dijon Mashed Potatoes

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Dijon mashed potato is wonderfully flavorful but is no secret: creamy mash that has been given some fiery attitude with a mere tablespoon of mustard. It is this simplicity, though, that brings the magic. The recipe is easy to make, always packs a punch, and pairs well with fish, meat, or vegetables.

Tips:

  • Keep to the specified wholegrain mustard variety as stipulated in the recipe. The mustard seeds create a beautiful, speckled appearance in the mash that is aesthetically pleasing.
  • If you really must, you can replace the wholegrain Dijon with another mustard you have available.

7. Mashed Potato Balls

Mashed Potato Balls on white wooden background.

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If mashed potatoes weren’t good enough on their own, they just got better by being deep-fried. These crispy, golden mashed potato balls take less than an hour and are another great way to use leftover mash. Be warned, though: these delicious flavor bombs are so good you will make mashed potatoes from scratch to have them.

Tips:

  • Replace the bacon with ham or pancetta, or remove it for a meat-free version.
  • As much as you would like to skip the refrigeration stage to cut down on prep time, this stage is vital to get the balls to set. If you fry them immediately, they will break up in the oil.

8. Make-Ahead Mash

Make-Ahead Mash in the casserole.

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When things get busy, any make-ahead recipe comes as a relief. This particular one is for classic mashed potatoes. It allows you to get most of the effort done up to three days before serving, making it the perfect dish for hosting friends or family for dinner.

Tips:

  • If you only plan to use the mash in a few days, leave the topping off before putting it in the refrigerator.
  • Remember to cool the mashed potatoes before putting the dish in the fridge.

9. Mash Potato Soup

Mash Potato Soup on a black bowl.

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All the goodness of traditional mashed potatoes, but as a soup. The perfect winter warmer!

Tip:

  • This recipe pairs mash potato with the usual bacon, cheese, and green onions. A great combination, but for something different, opt for corn and crispy chicken nuggets on the side. Crusty bread is also a classic side dish with any soup.

10. Mashed Potato, Cheddar, and Chives Waffles

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Who can resist a waffle (of any kind)? Mashed potato waffles are a great breakfast, brunch, or lunch option for kids and adults alike. The potato allows the waffles to crisp up nicely while staying pillowy and soft in the middle.

Take it one step further by serving these with a lovely dipping sauce, like sour cream.

Tips:

  • Remove the chives in this recipe for picky young eaters.
  • Other than the chives, keep to the exact ingredients and measurements in the recipe. Each item is essential to give you the right texture and consistency. So, avoid getting too creative with replacing elements or messing with the quantities, as the waffles might not set firmly.

11. Long Mashed Potato Fries

A crispy Long Mashed Potato Fries.

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If you thought you could only have potatoes one way or the other, think again. This recipe gives you the creaminess of mashed potatoes but as crispy fries within 45 minutes. The best of both worlds!

It takes a little effort, but your family or dinner guests will thank you profusely.

Tips:

  • Remove the chives in this recipe for picky young eaters.
  • Other than the chives, keep to the exact ingredients and measurements in the recipe. Each item is essential to give you the right texture and consistency. So, avoid getting too creative with replacing elements or messing with the quantities, as the waffles might not set firmly.

12. Korean Chili Chicken Wings With Coconut Sweet Potato Mash

Close-up shot of delicious Korean Chili Chicken Wings With Coconut Sweet Potato Mash.

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This recipe breathes new life into traditional roast chicken and mashed potatoes by giving it an Asian flair. The wings’ flavors are robust and delicious. Yet do not think the coconut and sweet potato mash play second fiddle to the chicken.

It might even be the hero of this dish!

Tips:

  • If you don’t have coconut milk for this recipe, you can change it to almond milk. However, this will change the flavor profile.
  • If the coconut sweet potato mash piqued your interest, why not steal that part from the recipe and serve it with whatever other sides you fancy?

13. Corn and Cheddar Mashed Potato Fritters

Corn and Cheddar Mashed Potato Fritters on selective focus.

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Mashed potato fritters made from day-old mash, cheddar, and corn are an excellent way to curb food waste. They allow you to be flexible with other ingredients, like the veggie content, and they can be served in less than 20 minutes.

Tips:

  • You can substitute the Cheddar cheese in this recipe with any other hard cheese.
  • You can use fresh, frozen, or canned corn in the mashed potato fritters.

14. Potato Doughnuts

A delicious Potato Doughnuts on a plate.

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The humble mashed potato is so versatile that you can even transform it into a sweet treat, like in this recipe for potato doughnuts. It gives the doughnuts a soft, pillowy texture, and the taste is delicious (don’t worry, you do not taste the mashed potatoes). Nobody will even know your secret weapon is a spud.

Tips:

  • Use plain mashed potatoes for this recipe. The last thing you want is a doughnut that smells like garlic or has scallions inside unless you want to prank your family!
  • Try various doughnut toppings, like chocolate, cream cheese drizzle, or cinnamon sugar.
  • You can make these doughnuts egg-free by replacing the eggs with buttermilk.

15. Mashed Cauliflower and Potatoes

Top view shot of Mashed Cauliflower and Potatoes with butter.

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Mashed cauliflower and potatoes are a great way to add some vegetables into a meal without fussy eaters noticing it straight away, especially in this cauliflower recipe. It has the same color as potatoes and, when boiled down and mashed, has the same creamy texture. This tasty dish also has roughly a third of the calories of classic mashed potatoes.

Tip:

  • If you add garlic, you must roast it first, as instructed in the recipe. Roasting garlic enhances the flavor and makes it completely soft, which will mash and combine well with cauliflower and potatoes. If you leave it raw or pan-fry it, you will get textured bits of garlic that will not be as pleasant.

16. Mashed Potato Gnocchi

A delicious and creamy Mashed Potato Gnocchi.

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Store-bought gnocchi is the go-to product in many busy households, which is understandable. Yet, it does not come close to the taste and satisfaction of making your own. This recipe for mashed potato gnocchi is simple, has only three ingredients, and is ready in 20 minutes (if you use leftover mashed potatoes).

It is worth a try – at least once.

Tips:

  • Your mashed potatoes need to be cooled before mixing them with your flour.
  • Ensure you use plain, smooth mashed potatoes and not a version with, for example, green onions or corn. The gnocchi won’t hold up well with other ingredients.

17. Loaded Mashed Potato and Meatball Casserole

A photographed of Loaded Mashed Potato and Meatball Casserole.

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A one-dish wonder, this loaded mashed potatoes and meatball casserole is all you need for a family feast. Everything about it shouts comfort food: the mashed potatoes, the savory meatballs, the flavorful marinara sauce, and then it’s topped off with melted mozzarella cheese. All resistance will surely crumble.

Tips:

  • You can use store-bought or homemade leftover mashed potatoes in this recipe.
  • This dish is a complete meal, but if you want, you can serve it with a green salad or vegetables (e.g., steamed broccoli, asparagus, or corn on the cob).

18. Shepherd’s Pie

A delicious Shepherd’s Pie on white plate.

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Shepherd’s pie is a classic British dish that has been around since the late 1700s. Back then, it started as a creative way to use leftover food (e.g., mashed potatoes), which is not as far removed from our efforts today. The shepherd’s pie is the perfect winter meal and can be made as part of your next meal prep for busy weekdays.

Tips:

  • Shepherd’s pie freezes well, which makes it suitable to prepare ahead. Just thaw it in the fridge the day before and heat it before serving.
  • You can substitute the potatoes for sweet potatoes or butternut if you prefer.

19. Colcannon (Irish Mashed Potatoes)

Side view shot of Colcannon (Irish Mashed Potatoes).

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Colcannon is the perfect addition to any meal at any time. Especially on St Patrick’s Day, as it gives the nod to Ireland, where it had its humble beginnings. Irish mashed potatoes use cabbage, a relatively cheap vegetable, making a little go a long way.

However, this recipe steers slightly away from the tradition by adding bacon, making it a more decadent version.

Tips:

  • You can also use Yukon potatoes in this recipe.
  • Make sure to cook the cabbage for 15 minutes since it must be thoroughly cooked and soft before mixing it with the mashed potatoes.

20. Garlic Parmesan Duchess Potatoes

Close-up shot of Garlic Parmesan Duchess Potatoes on a white background.

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Many give duchess potatoes one look and revert to making something else, thinking these beauties are too challenging to create. Their appearance is deceiving since duchess potatoes are mashed potatoes that have been piped onto a tray and baked to give them their gorgeous, cone-like appearance. If you have decorated a cake before, these garlic parmesan duchess potatoes will be a walk in the park.

Tips:

  • Don’t be tempted to pipe the mashed potatoes before it has cooled down completely.
  • These duchess potatoes need perfectly mashed potatoes to give you the balance between the smooth center and crispy edges. Ensure that you don’t leave any lumps behind.

21. Mashed Potato Cake

Close-up shot of Mashed Potato Cake with spinach.

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Only a few cakes can be made from start to finish in 30 minutes. With this mashed potato cake, you can achieve that and feed eight people while at it. You get the same fluffy mashed potatoes you are used to, but with a crispy exterior and presented like a pizza, where everyone can help themselves to a slice.

Tip:

  • You can use any leftover mashed potatoes, even if they are seasoned (like garlic or herb mash). You can also use store-bought mash if you have no leftovers.

22. Mashed Potato Rolls

Mashed Potato Rolls served in a bowl.

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The pillow softness that mashed potatoes bring to gnocchi, for example, is shown in this recipe for mashed potato bread rolls. It gives these rolls a lightness and airiness that is difficult to recreate otherwise, making it a hidden gem if there is leftover mash you want to utilize. Adding the potato also makes these rolls last much longer than homemade ones.

Tips:

  • Heat the water and milk at just the right temperature (100-115°F). Too cold, and your yeast won’t activate. Too hot (over 120°F), the yeast will start to die off and not respond.
  • If you don’t have a standing mixture, you can knead the bread dough by hand for 8-10 minutes.

23. Loaded Mashed Potato Cups

Loaded Mashed Potato Cups on a rustic table.

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These lovely mashed potato cups are great carriers of flavor, and you can fill them with whatever cheese you prefer. It makes a perfect snack or lunch and will be a hit with young and older family members alike.

Tips:

  • Use leftover mash to make these potato cups. Even if it is plain mash, you can still mix the bacon and chives before molding the cups into the muffin pan.
  • For a meat-free version, you can replace the bacon with a vegetable, like chopped carrots or corn.

24. Crispy Potato Tacos (Tacos De Papa)

Two crispy potato tacos and a glass of horchata water.

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If you think you have done it all with mashed potatoes, you probably haven’t tried making potato tacos from them. This recipe shows, once again, just how versatile a simple bowl of mashed potatoes can be and makes an excellent soft filling to the crispy taco.

Tips:

  • You can dress these mashed potato tacos up however you like. For example, you can finish these tacos with crispy bacon bits and chives or keep it simple with Cheddar cheese.
  • For these tacos to hold up, you need sturdily mashed potatoes that are not too thin (runny). If you use leftover mashed potatoes, you must ensure they are made with relatively little butter and milk. Otherwise, it will not work.

25. Fish Pie

A homemade Fish Pie with mashed potato.

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Any pie is comfort food. Yet, changing the usual puff pastry for a mashed potato topping takes it to another level. This recipe combines a warm, creamy fish base with rich mash – perfectly suited to any occasion, any time of year.

As with other pies, this fish pie takes a little effort, making it an act of love that your diners will recognize and appreciate.

Tips:

  • For a budget version of this fish pie, use canned fish instead of fresh fish and leave out the eggs.
  • You can use any veggies you like, so feel free to replace the peas with corn, leeks, broccolini, or zucchini.

26. Tex-Mex Mashed Potatoes

Tex-Mex Mashed Potatoes with chili on wooden background.

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Add some punch to your ordinary mashed potatoes with various peppers and spices in these Tex-Mex mashed potatoes (Papas Con Chile). It is gluten-free, takes a little over half an hour to prepare and cook, and the warmth in the dish is subtle enough to be suitable for a family or guests.

Tips:

  • This meal allows you to increase or tone down the heat depending on your taste. For example, opt for a habanero chili for more serious heat or keep the jalapeno out completely to make it a kid-friendly dish.
  • You can also change the type of bell peppers you use, like replacing the green pepper with yellow and orange peppers. Although slightly sweeter, they still make great substitutes.

27. Baked Parmesan Mashed Potatoes With Breadcrumbs

Baked Parmesan Mashed Potatoes With Breadcrumbs in a brown wooden spoon.

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This baked, mashed potato dish is easy to make and includes mozzarella and parmesan to make it decadent and comforting. The addition of breadcrumbs adds texture to the otherwise creamy dish, making it just that little more interesting than the classic version.

Tips:

  • Half the ingredients if you only cook for 3-4 people.
  • You can substitute the Russet potatoes for Yukon or red-skinned potatoes.

28. Mashed Potato Flatbread

A homemade Mashed Potato Flatbread.

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This two-ingredient mashed potato flatbread is perfect if you like flatbread on the softer side. Potato is the secret weapon that improves bread’s texture, which can’t always be achieved through traditional ingredients, making them light and fluffy.

Tips:

  • If you are using leftover mash, to which you added a lot of milk and butter, you might have to add a little more flour than the recipe suggests firming it up to shape it into flatbreads.
  • These flatbreads are the perfect accompaniment to a warm curry.

29. Mashed Potato Casserole With Crispy Chicken

Mashed Potato Casserole With Crispy Chicken a homemade delicious dinner.

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This mashed potato casserole with crispy chicken is a traybake wonder that requires no sides, as it has everything you could need in one scoop. It is a firm family favorite. Even children will love it since it includes chicken tenders, lovely gravy, and corn – the one more forgiving vegetable for picky eaters.

Tip:

  • You can substitute the corn for baby carrots or peas (frozen or fresh) if you prefer.

30. Air Fryer Mashed Potato Balls

Close-up shot of Air Fryer Mashed Potato Balls with a dip.

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Thanks to the ease and speed of an air fryer, you can prepare and cook these mashed potato balls in less than 30 minutes. The result is golden and crispy balls with a soft center, giving you the perfect textural balance.

Tips:

  • Use cold mashed potatoes when you form the balls so they can hold their shape better.
  • If you use plain leftover mashed potato, add some flavor with bacon, ham, green onions, or chives.

31. Mushroom Stuffed Potato Cakes

A traditional Mushroom Stuffed Potato Cakes on a white plate.

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Mushroom stuffed potato cakes are a delicious vegetarian snack or served as a side with your favorite meat or fish dish. The mushrooms provide a hearty, robust stuffing with flavor elevated by the lemon and dill.

Tips:

  • Cut the total time by using leftover mashed potatoes or store-bought.
  • You can bake these cakes for a slightly healthier version instead of frying them. Place them on an over-proof tray, brush each side of the cakes with a small amount of oil, and then bake or grill them until they start to crisp up and appear golden.

32. Vegan Mashed Potato Bowls

Vegan Mashed Potato Bowls served in a small bowl.

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If you need one vegan recipe in your arsenal, this one is the heartiest, creamiest, most wholesome bowl of plant-based mashed potatoes and sides you will ever need. Even if you’re not on any dietary restrictions, this meal will leave you wanting more.

Tip:

  • Any vegan ingredients can be substituted with alternatives appropriate for a vegetarian diet.

33. Twice Baked Potatoes

Close-up shot of delicious Twice Baked Potatoes.

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The potato skins act like boats in this recipe, carrying your delicious mashed potatoes and all their toppings. The potato skins are healthy, and since you’re consuming the whole potato, you are also reducing your food waste. You can fancy these twice-baked potatoes, but sometimes, less is more.

These are thus best served with only cheese on top.

Tip:

  • Perfect timing is the key to fluffy twice, baked potatoes. So, do not over-bake or under-bake your potatoes the first time. If you do, once you return them to the oven a second time, they might turn out gummy/gluey.

34. Torta Rapida De Frango (Brazilian Chicken Pie)

Torta Rapida De Frango (Brazilian Chicken Pie) with a dip on wooden board.

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This recipe doesn’t only make good use of leftover mashed potato but also shredded chicken. The mash gets a lift with eggs and flour, transforming it into a beautiful pie ‘crust’ that is luxurious and filling.

Tips:

  • Catupiry is a mild, soft cheese. If you cannot find it at your local grocer, you can replace this item with cream cheese.
  • If you don’t have bottled passata, you can use a can of chopped tomatoes.
  • This dish pairs well with steamed vegetables or a tangy salad.

35. Hummus Mashed Potatoes

Hummus Mashed Potatoes on a clay bowl.

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The hummus in this mashed potatoes recipe makes the mash incredibly rich, removing the need for cream and thus making it a healthier alternative. Adding hummus also gives you more control over the flavor profile you prefer, whether it be spicy, mild, or acidic.

Tips:

  • There are so many different hummus flavors available in bigger grocery stores. Using plain hummus as a first try might be best. If you’re feeling more adventurous, try a red pepper hummus, avocado hummus, or a jalapeno one for some kick.
  • Serve the hummus mash as you typically would any mashed potatoes. Or you can treat the mash like a dip with other vegetables, bread, or crackers.

36. Three-Cheese Potato Souffle

Close-up shot Three-Cheese Potato Souffle on a white plate.

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The humble spud becomes extremely elegant in this recipe for three-cheese potato souffle. It takes a bit of time (if you aren’t using leftover mash), but the oven does all the work, leaving you time to prep the rest of your meal.

Tip:

  • Make a new batch if you have leftover mash containing butter and milk. This recipe works best with a mash that is as plain as possible without the added fat content.

37. Mashed Sweet Potato Cheesecake

A delicious Mashed Sweet Potato Cheesecake on a concrete background.

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The best thing you can do with sweet potato mash if you have a sugar craving or need to impress some guests is to turn it into this beautiful fall cheesecake. It’s all out indulgence with this recipe, and unashamedly so!

Tips:

  • Use orange sweet potatoes, rather than the white flesh, for a beautiful pop of color.
  • Mash the sweet potato by hand. If you blitz it in a blender, it changes the texture and becomes gluey.
  • Ensure that your cream cheese is at room temperature before adding it to a mixture. Cold cream cheese breaks up but not fully incorporate into a batter.
  • This mashed sweet potato cheesecake is a labor of love. If you want to get ahead, make it the day before you want to serve.