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A recipe for Heavenly Mashed Potatoes. Heavenly Mashed Potatoes recipe with cottage cheese.

This amazing potato recipe is inspired by something we always had at my house growing up. We could call them heavenly potatoes because they were just that good. My favorite meal were these Heavenly Mashed Potatoes and honey ham.  I would know, being from Idaho and all. Here is a weird side note. Did you know that Idaho is the Gem State, and there we call tater tots “tater gems?” True story. Oh, its also pronounced poh-tay-toh. Don’t even try and get all fancy and pronounce it poh-ta-toh. Everyone will hate you if you do that, its also really annoying. But for real, these mashed potatoes are really really good, and you should totally make them for Thanksgiving, and then be thankful you now know how to pronounce potato right. YAY!
♥ Teri

Heavenly Potatoes

Servings: 7


  • 4 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup cottage cheese, pureed
  • 2 tablespoons chives, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste

optional garnish

  • chives
  • melted butter


  • Place potatoes in a large pot and fill with water. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Boil potatoes until fork tender, about 25 minutes.
  • While potatoes boil, place cream, butter and garlic in a small saucepan and simmer. Once mixture comes to a simmer, remove from heat.
  • Drain potatoes in a colander and return back to the pot. Lightly mash the potatoes and season with salt and pepper.
  • Pour cream mixture over the potatoes, a little at a time and mash the potatoes until all the cream mixture has been used and potatoes are smooth.
  • Stir in pureed cottage cheese and sliced chives and season with salt and pepper.
  • Top with remaining chives and melted butter, if desired. Serve warm.

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  1. aimee Not Specified Not Specified

    These look amazing. I’m totally making them for Thanksgiving. Yay poh-tay-tohs!!

  2. Miki Not Specified Not Specified

    Teri. These photos. I’m salivating.

    Jenny. The food styling. I’m salivating.

    Ladies. The mashed potatoes. I’m salivating.

    I need a mop.

  3. Michele Not Specified Not Specified

    I assume that the teeny-tiny twist is the pureed cottage cheese. I can not WAIT to make this recipe! Looks and sounds delish!!!

  4. Lindsay Not Specified Not Specified

    Your photography is heavenly! And the recipe sounds delicious. Pureed cottage cheese…I will have to try this one.

  5. Bev Weidner Not Specified Not Specified

    OH dear, I just fainted.

  6. Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen Not Specified Not Specified

    I dig pools of butter. Especially ones that live on the surface of large masses of mashed potatoes.

  7. Jessica Not Specified Not Specified

    I think I just licked my screen. Seriously. The pools of butter are killing me!

  8. nicole {sweet peony} Not Specified Not Specified

    don’t tease me with melted butter. it’s not fair. now i’m going to have to make these tonight. ;)

  9. Heidi @foodiecrush Not Specified Not Specified

    Mashers dripping in butter, your chives are going for a swim. I’ve never tried mashed with cottage cheese, such a brilliant idea! On a side note, our friends here in SLC actually live in the home built by the man who started Ore-ida and developed the Tater Tot! True dat. Sadly there were no tots in the home when they moved in, just bad red shag carpet.

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  11. Robin Not Specified Not Specified

    I’ve given potatoes up until Thanksgivng but I will totally be making this new recipe for the big feast. Cottage Cheese huh…hmmmm….

  12. ZuVuYah Not Specified Not Specified

    So simple and so OMG!

    Miki! Love your response! EXACTLY what I FEEL *!*

    Thanks Galz~~~

  13. Sally - My Custard Pie Not Specified Not Specified

    How do you make mash look this good?

  14. Nicole Franzen Not Specified Not Specified

    drool, that is all

  15. Valeria Not Specified Not Specified

    oh wow, that buttery liquid on top is killer!

  16. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Not Specified Not Specified

    This is a fantastic idea!

  17. Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen Not Specified Not Specified

    These with honey bacon… just the perfect blend of heaven and hell :)

  18. julia { see you in the morning } Not Specified Not Specified

    oh stop it. stop it right now.


    dear heavens.(thisisamazing!)

  19. Cherine Not Specified Not Specified

    Your mashed potatoes look mouthwatering!

  20. Kristy Lynn @ Gastronomical Sovereignty Not Specified Not Specified

    mashed potatoes are never a terrible idea. I have to be honest though – i do prefer baby potatoes to russets flavor wise. these do look tasty though!

  21. Lora @ Not Specified Not Specified

    I’ve never thought to put cottage cheese into mashed potatoes, but I will have to give it a try.

  22. Annie Not Specified Not Specified

    Well I just drooled all over my keyboard…

  23. Sally Not Specified Not Specified

    These are probably the prettiest mashed taters I have ever seen. Help me, Rhonda.

  24. Melissa Loh Not Specified Not Specified

    Oooo! I never thought to add cottage cheese to mashed potatoes.

  25. Kasey Not Specified Not Specified

    Girl, if you’re from Idaho, I trust you know your potatoes. That melted butter looks DEVINE.

  26. kay* Not Specified Not Specified

    mashed potatoes is one of my most favourite things to eat. i always say i could live off of mashed potatoes, chicken, and noodles. and now add spinach. the holy four. definitely going to try this recipe when i’m back home in toronto. i find i don’t much like the taste of the potatoes here in india. weird.

  27. Jenny Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m new to your site but the photographs are amazing. I’m looking at the mashed potatoes right now at 12:06am and I wish I could have a bowl of this before I go to sleep. Why do you tempt me this late? I might have to go get potatoes tomorrow. It looks gorgeous with the chives.

  28. Maria Not Specified Not Specified

    The mashed potatoes look perfect!

  29. Amanda Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m planning on making these for a company banquet – Teri, since you’re from Idaho, you’ll understand my question a bit better than most probably. Are we talking the big honkin’ russet potatoes that are big enough for a meal in themselves or are we talking the smaller ones that come in the 5 and 10 pound bags? I ask cause they’re so different in size and I want to get my portions right!

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  31. Junk in the Trunk Not Specified Not Specified

    Shoot! Now nothing sounds good except this. Ugh! Pregnant brain won’t stop drooling!!! Thanks for sharing!

  32. Krishann Not Specified Not Specified

    These look heavenly!

  33. kristina@beancakes ★ Not Specified Not Specified

    oh wow. . . this looks AHmazing.

    xx ~ k

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  38. Maria Not Specified Not Specified

    Heavenly, for sure!!

    I’m not a fan of /mashed/ potatoes but I loved this and so did everyone else! Lots of compliments…

    we didn’t puree the cottage cheese and added a lot more than needed and it was delicious. leftovers were great too. thank you <3

  39. bianca Not Specified Not Specified

    hi! Wanted to say I tried the recipe and it was a hit! SO DELICIOUS ! thank you!

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  44. Kathy G. Not Specified Not Specified

    This recipe looks fantastic! Do you feel these could be made the day before an event? Thank you!

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  55. Adhara Not Specified Not Specified

    The … Best… Mashed potatoes… EVER – it’s creamy and tasty