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5 from 16 votes

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

These classic mashed potatoes are irresistibly creamy, buttery, and pair perfectly with any main course for the ultimate cozy meal.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best mashed potatoes, classic mashed potatoes, mashed potatoes, mashed potatoes recipe
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 369kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan


  • 2 pounds russet potatoes or Yukon gold potatoes
  • ½ cup milk or more for a creamier texture
  • ¼ 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.


Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 1012mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 172IU | Vitamin C: 73mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg