Best Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are a classic side dish recipe that stand the test of time. They’re irresistibly creamy and buttery, making it hard to stop at one serving. Learn how to make homemade mashed potatoes perfectly, then serve them alongside my best prime rib recipe, crispy chicken thighs or turkey recipe for the perfect cozy meal.
The only thing you have to decide is what vegetable or spud to use. Your options can range from mashed cauliflower (for a low-carb option), to mashed butternut squash, and mashed sweet potatoes. But today, I’m showing you how to perfect the iconic and original mashed potatoes recipe.
How To Make The Best Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are simple to make with just a handful of ingredients. To make the BEST mashed potatoes, it’s all about flavor and texture. And the good news is that you can adjust as you go!
Here’s how to make mashed potatoes, step-by-step:
- Peel the potatoes using a Y peeler (it’s much easier than a straight peeler) and cut them into large chunks or cubes.
- Add the potatoes to a pot and cover with cold water.
- Bring the water to a boil, then cook the potatoes for 13-15 minutes, or until fork tender.
- While the potatoes are cooking, melt the butter and warm the milk together in a small saucepan.
- Drain the potatoes in a colander, then place back in the warm pot.
- Pour the butter mixture on top of the potatoes, and season with salt and pepper.
- Mash the potatoes using a hand masher until they’ve reached your desired consistency.
- Taste test to see if they need more salt and pepper. You can also add more milk for a fluffier consistency.
- Garnish with diced parsley, add a pat of butter and serve immediately!
Note: You don’t want to add cold milk and butter to your potatoes, as it will cool them down before serving. The milk to butter ratio is different from my mashed sweet potatoes recipe due to the starchiness of russet potatoes. They require a bit more liquid.
What Type Of Potato To Use?
When it comes to making mashed potatoes, the one question we all have is: how do you make them creamy?
The answer to that is to use a batch of starchy potatoes, like russet potatoes. These brown skinned spuds are fluffy when they’re cooked, and have a slight buttery texture to them. That makes russet potatoes the best potato for a classic mashed potatoes recipe.
But if you don’t have russet potatoes, Yukon gold potatoes make a great alternative. They’re also naturally creamy, but not as waxy as new potatoes.
Make This Recipe Ahead Of Time
Want to save time in the kitchen? Make a large batch of mashed potatoes ahead of time (always a great meal prep option), then enjoy when the craving strikes. You can store mashed potatoes in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months.
So how do you reheat them? Just pop them in the microwave for a minute or so, give them a stir and you’re ready to go!
Extra Flavors To Enhance Your Mashed Potatoes
While mashed potatoes are meant to be simple in flavor, it doesn’t hurt to switch it up a bit. Here’s a few variations that will give these spuds some kick.
- Add garlic if you love a more garlicky flavor. Melt it with your butter mixture or stir roasted garlic right in with your potatoes.
- Toss in crispy oven baked bacon bits, because it’s never a bad idea to add more bacon, right?
- Chop fresh herbs and stir them in for a light and refreshing flavor.
- Add a few tablespoons of cream cheese or goat cheese for an ultra creamy and smooth texture.
Mashed Potatoes Recipe Video
Want to see how I make the creamiest and fluffiest mashed potatoes? Watch the video below!
Need More Side Dishes?
Complete your dinner table with these delicious veggie-filled recipes.
- Scalloped Potatoes
- Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole
- Green Beans With Shallots And Lemon
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Garlic Ginger Bok Choy
- Classic Potato Salad
- Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Garlic Sauteed Swiss Chard
Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe (How to Make Mashed Potatoes Perfectly)
- 2 pounds russet potatoes, or Yukon gold potatoes
- 1/2 cup milk, or more for a creamier texture
- 1/4 cup butter, or ghee
- salt and pepper, to taste
Optional Add Ins
- bacon bits
- chives or other herbs
- cream cheese or goat cheese
- roasted garlic
- Peel the potatoes with a hand peeler.
- Dice the potatoes into chunks and place them into a pot. Fill the pot with cold water, bring it to a boil and cook the potatoes for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender.
- While the potatoes are cooking, melt the butter and milk in a saucepan until it's warm. Alternatively, you could melt and warm this in the microwave.
- Drain the potatoes in a colander and place them back into the pot.
- Pour the butter milk mixture on top of the potatoes. Mash the potatoes with a hand masher until the desired consistency. You can always add more milk or butter for a creamier consistency. Season with salt and pepper.
- Scoop the mashed sweet potatoes into a bowl, add a pat of butter, sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve!
- You can certainly make this recipe dairy-free and vegan by using a plant-based milk and butter alternative.