Favorite Recipes of Maverick Swaniel Harrienger

{July 12, 2017}   Mashed Potatoes with Tomato Gravy (Southern Living Annual Recipes, 2002, page 17)


  • 1 twenty-two ounce package frozen mashed potatoes
  • 2.33 cups milk
  • 0.5 eight-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
  • Tomato Gravy (below)


  1. Stir together the potatoes and milk in a large bowl.  Microwave at high for 8 minutes; stir and microwave for 5-7 minutes more.  Let the mix stand for 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in cream cheese, salt, and seasoned pepper, stirring until the cheese is melted and the mix is blended.  Serve with Tomato Gravy
  3. To lighten the recipe:  Use fat-free milk and reduced-fat cream cheese.

Tomato Gravy


  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 0.5 cup chicken broth
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with basil, oregano, and garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 0.5 teaspoon seasoned pepper


  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; add flour, stirring until smooth.  Cook for one minute, stirring constantly.  Add broth, stirring until smooth.  Add the diced tomatoes, sugar, and seasoned pepper, and cook for three to five minutes or until the mix is thickened.

The mashed potatoes serves six to eight people, while the tomato gravy makes two-and-a-half cups.


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