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Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe (How to Make Mashed Potatoes Perfectly)

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
  • 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.


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