A “not-your-traditional” mashed potatoes recipe, delicious gourmet, easy Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes. Serve as a side dish for Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes

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Friends, perfect for fall and holiday, enjoy a creamy Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes recipe. This side dish is a party hit every time!

Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes

Add extra milk if you like creamier potatoes. You can also add a tiny bit of nutmeg and cinnamon if you want to make them spicy.

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I’m thankful for … are the words we hear every day during these Autumn months.

Our hearts are full of gratitude and love, and for me, I love to reminisce about past Thanksgivings too! I think back to big family gatherings with tons of cousins running around, and a giant feast on the table. I’m also grateful for mashed potatoes! :)

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I love this picture of my Grandma Friesen, two of my aunts, and a handful of cousins  – and a giant bowl of mashed potatoes in the middle of the table!

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Grandma Friesen

My memories of Grandma? She always took the job of peeling potatoes. We also never ventured outside of the traditional Thanksgiving meal, which makes me to this day love the comfort foods of turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, jello salad, rolls, and an amazing crudit platter with plenty of olives.

That’s my Grandma on the left.

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In this pic, that’s my mom and pop in the very back with my oldest sister.

I  do love Grandma’s smile (white hair and glasses) in this picture, on the left. She looks so happy!

And again, a giant bowl of mashed potatoes in the middle of the table!

My memories

I’m sure as a little girl I ate a whole can of olives by myself, before the feast even began. I loved to put them on my fingers and then lick them off, one by one. And then repeat the process a few times … possibly I devoured about 15 olives? [Like this Holiday Kid-Friendly Charcuterie Board.]

I stuffed myself on Thanksgiving Day as a kid, but now as an adult, I try to pace myself.

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Mashed potatoes and gravy are still one of my favorites. Back then they were a staple; today they are also a very important dish to serve on this wonderful day.

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Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes

This time, instead of the traditional recipe, I gourmeted it up a little bit by adding pumpkin and fresh thyme. Wow! Love the freshness with a little sweetness, all whipped together.

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And of course, leftover potatoes are my favorite, served on a Classic Shepherd’s Pie!

Do you cook traditional mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving, or do you fancy them up a bit?

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Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes

Add extra milk if you like creamier potatoes. You can also add a tiny bit of nutmeg and cinnamon if you want to make them spicy.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 8
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  • 2 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 2” pieces
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh thyme


  • In a large, covered saucepan, immerse the potatoes in boiling water. Wait until the water returns to boiling and cook potatoes for 15-20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender; drain.
  • In the bottom of the mixing bowl, add the melted butter and softened cream cheese. Place the drained, hot potatoes on top of the butter and cream cheese. Add the milk, salt, and pepper. Mix on low, building up the speed to medium, and then high, for 4-5 minutes, until nearly smooth.
  • Beat in canned pumpkin and fresh thyme. Taste.
  • Return to saucepan; heat through before serving.
  • Garnish with butter and fresh thyme!


Originally posted NOV 2014
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
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