Cream Cheese and Chive Potatoes Recipe

Get a little creative with your mashed potatoes and add some cream cheese and chives with this handy recipe.

From "Family Table"
March 2018

  • Spice this recipe up a little by adding bacon bits on top.
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  • “Family Table” by Shaye Elliott offers more than 80 recipes to ensure that you get the most from every ingredient, every time.
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Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Family Table (Lyons Press, 2018) by Shaye Elliott proves that a homesteading dream can become a fruitful reality. Elliott brings readers recipes that stem directly from her own experience working her family’s farm, from complex dishes to simple sauces and butters. The following excerpt is her recipe for cream cheese and chive potatoes.

These potatoes are creamy, slightly smashed, and gently seasoned with chives. I’ll take a big bowl of “Yes, please!” I won’t even judge you for crumbling bacon over the top.


• 4 tablespoons butter
• 2 pounds potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces, skins on
• 1/3 cup cream cheese
• Sea salt
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 4 tablespoons minced chives


1. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. When melted, add the potatoes, cover, and gently cook until they’re fork-tender, about 15 minutes. Add the cream cheese and generous pinches of salt and pepper. Smash the potatoes and cream cheese together with a potato masher or fork until they’re mostly creamy and combined, with just a few small potato pieces remaining for a little texture. Top with the chives and gently stir to incorporate just before serving.

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Reprinted with permission from Family Table (2018), by Shaye Elliott and published by Lyons Press.