Boursin Cheese Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Buttery, creamy homemade mashed potatoes with garlic and herb Boursin cheese. So flavorful, you don't even need the gravy!
We are 6 days away from Thanksgiving and I wanted to sneak in one more side dish because these mashed potatoes are unreal! Last year I was super inspired by my friend, Jordan's Thanksgiving menu (if you want to know the story about how we came to know Jordan and why he is so special to our family, read the story at the end).
As soon as I saw that he was serving Boursin Cheese Mashed Potatoes, I knew that I had to try them stat. I drove right to Costco, picked up a 3-pack of Boursin cheese, and came home and made these Creamy Boursin Cheese Mashed Potatoes and am officially hooked.
I am a sucker for Boursin Cheese on its own but you add it to potatoes, butter, and cream and we are in business! You don't even need gravy with these mashed potatoes because they are THAT good.
These Mashed Potatoes with Boursin Cheese are made with Yukon Gold potatoes, salted butter, milk or cream, salt, and herb and garlic Boursin Cheese. That's it! When I am making mashed potatoes, I always reach for Yukon Gold potatoes because its texture is much creamier than a russet potato. If you want creamier, richer mashed potatoes, I suggest using heavy cream or half-n-half but you can also use whole milk.
You can use any flavor of Boursin cheese in this recipe. If you want an extra pop of flavor, use two Boursin cheese rounds. The mashed potatoes will just be extra creamy!
I have shared my Traditional Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe on Modern Honey so if you are looking for classic mashed potatoes, click HERE.
One of the keys to ensure your mashed potatoes are creamy is to heat the butter and half-n-half together before adding to the potatoes. If you add the cold ingredients, the potatoes may end up with a gummy texture. By adding warm butter and milk to the warm cooked potatoes, it keeps them at an optimal temperature for creaming. This is an extra step but makes a huge difference.
Traditional Creamy Mashed Potatoes
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**This is just a personal story that I thought I would share on here to give a little more insight in my life. I grew up with 5 brothers and I am the only girl. All of my brothers served church missions at the age of 19. This means that they went and served for two years in a place that they were just called to. My brothers served in Virginia, Mexico, Spain, Denmark, and Argentina. They all loved their missions and the opportunities to serve others.
My youngest brother, Eric, was serving in Argentina. He was out for about 10 months when one morning he and his companion were traveling in a taxi to a nearby town. They were on a highway and a semi-truck crossed the center line and hit the taxi head-on. Eric was in the front seat.
He sustained massive head injuries and was in a coma...thousands of miles away. When we heard the news, we were beyond devastated. The next few days we spent praying, fasting, crying, and holding on to every ounce of hope. Those days are etched in my mind forever. My parents began booking tickets right away to fly to Argentina to be with him.
In the meantime, another missionary went to visit him in the hospital to pray for him and give him a blessing. This was Jordan Councill. Since we couldn't be there, we were so grateful that someone was watching over him. He called to tell us his experiences with him. He stayed with him, talked to him (even though Eric couldn't talk), played music and uplifting messages.
My parents didn't make it to Argentina. We didn’t receive the news we were hoping for. The swelling was too great on his brain and we lost him. Eric passed away a few days after his accident.
It was the hardest and most painful, gut-wrenching, heartbreaking thing we had to go through. You never expect those calls. But we are grateful for angels like Jordan Councill, who were there with him when we couldn't get there fast enough.
I hope each of you had people in your life who have acted like angels for you and have lifted you up when you have struggled or mourned. There are so many who helped us through this trial and we are forever grateful for them. I learned a lot from losing my brother and will never be the same. Of course, we know that trials can make you better or bitter. I watched in absolute awe at my parents and how they handled such a heartache of losing their son while serving a mission. Instead of being angry, bitter, and demanding why this could happen, they decided to focus on his life and our memories with him. They became grateful for the time…the wonderful 19 years with him.
Life can be full of adversity, struggles, beauty, joy, happiness, sorrow, and so many things. I will always be grateful and cherish my years growing up with my little bro, Eric. I miss him.
I just want to let you know that I have made few of your recipes ( cookies,cakes, etc) with a lot of success. I can relate how you feel with the loss of your brother but to me, it was my husband. My late husband died of brain aneurysm and didn’t survive even after the surgery. I struggled a lot and question why God allow this to happen to such a wonderful God fearing person and father to my two grown up kids now. Fast forward, God placed another person in my life that helped me get closer to him and helped me accept the loss of my husband. We just have to trust that God will never allow any events in our life to happen without a purpose. Like the Bible said, He always works everything for good for those who love and trust Him. Happy Easter!!! Please continue to bless us with your recipes.
Hi Raquel. This is so so so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story with me. I am so sorry for your loss but what a tender mercy and blessing to have another person come into your life. God is aware of us and the blessings do come, even after such heartache and grief. Thank you for your beautiful words. I am so happy for you! Happy Easter! -- Melissa
Such a smart idea to add the Boursin cheese! That is my favorite cheese and it definitely elevated my mashed potatoes!
Came here for this amazing recipe (original creator Jenni Häyrinen from Finland) but was moved by your story. My condolences for your brother. I have no doubt that he lived a whole life in 19 years.
Can these be made the day before and put in a crockpot the day of?
I haven’t made this but I read about your brother Eric. It brought tears to my eyes and my own personal story or my father who suffered a brain injury. I was 11; he was 35. He was driving a mortorcyle and was hit, flew off through the air. Prayers, fasting, priesthood blessings. Miraculously he lived. However, with brain damage, he wasn’t ever the same. The father I once knew was gone. He couldn’t hold a steady job, his mental capacity was that of a teenager. Life turned upside down. Home life was hard. I tell you this to let you know that Heavenly Father knows each of us and what we need. I don’t know why my father lived. I questioned many times why. Fast forward thirty years later. My brother was run over by a tractor. Horrible. He died instantly. However, having the perspective of my dad and what he went though we don’t wish that he would have survived as life wouldn’t be the same for him either. Life is hard but God is good. I am grateful He is in charge and knows what we need and through the Savior, He will restore all things. Thank you for your story. I know you miss your brother. One day, we will be reunited with those we love-and they will be whole. Because of Jesus. ❤️