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Best Mashed Potatoes Ever

(13 Votes)
Updated October 31, 2023
Best Mashed Potatoes Ever
15 Min

No Thanksgiving meal is complete without the perfect mashed potato dish. That's why we're pulling out all the stops with this easy recipe; we're so sure it will be the hit of your holiday party that we named this recipe our Best Mashed Potatoes Ever! This creamy side dish is filled with that buttery flavor you know and love but, when it comes to changing things up, the options are endless. So get ready for a fantastic holiday dinner, and the Best Mashed Potatoes Ever!

What You'll Need

  • 2 1/2 pounds Russet baking potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

What to Do

  1. Place potato chunks in a large soup pot and add just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook 15 to 20 minutes or until tender; drain well and place either back into the pot or into a large bowl.
  2.  Add remaining ingredients and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

So Many Options!

  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes:  Cut a small onion into quarters and add it to the pot along with 10 peeled, whole garlic cloves before bringing the potatoes to a boil; beat with remaining ingredients.
  • Loaded Mashed Potatoes: Prepare mashed potatoes as above, reducing milk to 1/4 cup and salt to 1/2 teaspoon. Add a 16-ounce container of sour cream, 1 cup finely shredded Colby or sharp cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup real bacon bits, and 1 thinly sliced scallion. Beat as directed above.
  • Green Mashed Potatoes: Prepare mashed potatoes as above then add two 10-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach that have been thawed, drained, and squeezed dry. Beat as directed above.

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 5

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 328
  • Calories from Fat 171
  • Total Fat 19g 29 %
  • Saturated Fat 12g 60 %
  • Trans Fat 0.8g 0 %
  • Protein 4.5g 9 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 50mg 17 %
  • Sodium 671mg 28 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 36g 12 %
  • Dietary Fiber 5.5g 22 %
  • Sugars 3.4g 0 %

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The cheddar potatoes recipe calls for 1and 1/2

Sorry, it calls for one and a half cups of heavy cream. It seems like a lot of liquid. I am no great cook so I was just curious before I make them.

Hello! The heavy cream is poured over the cheese and baked until golden brown. If you feel a little nervous about using that much heavy cream, you can try this dish with just 3/4 cup of heavy cream. The result is a cheesy, creamy potato casserole that's delicious!

The secret to excellent mashed potatoes that are creamy is to use canned (Evaporated) milk. Plain mile tends to water them down. I am 79 and have made these for many years as my mother before me. They are tried and true.

i love all of your recipes so far. thank you

My mama always told me if you can't say something nice about something; keep it to yourself

Green mashed potatoes? They taste okay but look really disgusting!

To make it healthier, use cauliflower instead of potatoes!

Wonderful! try just adding creme of corn-omit milk?

These are whipped potatoes not mashed.

To make them even better, add cream cheese in the same amount as the butter. Yummie!

even better;use carnation evaporated milk!! its ooohh so better

This recipe is for WHIPPED potatoes - not mashed! And always, always warm your milk prior to adding it. Classic mashed potatoes are made via an old fashioned potato masher -gives a totally different consistency.

This is good..good!!!

YUM! Thanks! Judith.


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