12 medium baking potatoes 1 package (8 ounce size) cream cheese, softened 1 container (8 ounce size) sour cream 8 tablespoons butter 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (or to taste)
Peel and quarter potatoes. In a large saucepan, cook potatoes in enough water to cover for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Drain off liquid. In a large mixing bowl, combine the potatoes, cream cheese, sour cream, butter, garlic powder, and pepper.
Beat the mixture with an electric mixer till fluffy. Turn mixture into a buttered 2 quart casserole or baking dish. Top with the shredded Cheddar cheese.
Cover and bake in 350 degrees F oven for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for 15 minutes longer.