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Easy Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Mashed Potatoes So Creamy That They Need No Adornment

Family members and longtime friends often take great amusement at my career of choice, as I was a remarkably picky eater in my early years. I was no run-of-the-mill fussy child; until my teens, I turned my nose up at even the most basic, revered, and seemingly inoffensive of comfort foods: mashed potatoes. Perhaps I was prejudiced against the delightful spud due to an early negative experience — in the wrong hands they can be reminiscent of wallpaper paste — yet still, of all of my food phobias I've overcome, this might be the craziest and most embarrassing.

Since that first revelatory bite, I've devoured them with relish and have experimented with all sorts of novel add-ins, but I keep coming back to their most simple, unadorned iteration. Bolstered by naught but cream, butter, and salt, this pared-down side might not sound like much to write home about, but don't let that dissuade you. Rather, these are the essence of potato and more than worthy of your Thanksgiving table this year.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Mashed Potatoes


I like to keep the skins on the potatoes as it adds texture and flavor, but for a smoother, less rustic mash, peel them before boiling. If using larger potatoes, quarter them, and check for doneness earlier (around the 15-minute mark) checking every few minutes till they're done. This recipe is easily doubled. To make garlic mashed potatoes, add the cloves from one head of roasted garlic.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes


  1. 1 1/2 pounds small yukon gold potatoes, scrubbed clean and halved
  2. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  3. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cream (or more to taste)
  4. About 1 teaspoon kosher salt, to taste
  5. Freshly cracked black pepper


  1. Fill a 6+-quart capacity stockpot with water, and bring to a boil. Add the potatoes, and boil for about 20 minutes, or until potatoes can easily be pierced with a fork.
  2. Drain the water from the potatoes, and add them to the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the butter, cream, salt, and pepper, and beat, using the paddle attachment, until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  3. Adjust to taste with salt and cream.

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Christopher3437168 Christopher3437168 4 years
A must for making the best mashed potatoes is a ricer.  They are cheap and make a HUGE difference.  The hand mixer often results in over beating and a pasty consistency.  Try it and you'll never make mashed potatoes with out one again.
carmabelle carmabelle 6 years
Made these with fat free half and half and they were still very yummy!
thehabra thehabra 7 years
I've heard that when you're making mashed potatoes, you shouldn't add salt to the water you're boiling them in as it can make the finished product kinda gummy. Instead you should add the salt to the potatoes as you are mashing them. Anyone know if this is true?
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 7 years
So simple, so delicious, and so wonderful! One of my absolute favorite comfort foods! :drool:
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 7 years
Allytta - because butter tastes so good with the potatoes! The fat makes them creamier and adds a wonderful flavor -- especially if you brown the butter before adding.
Allytta Allytta 7 years
i never understood why people would put butter in. healthy families use milk
divinedebris divinedebris 7 years
I loved mashed potatoes! I even enjoy a little lumpiness to them, makes them heartier to me. :D I'm guilty of adding garlic, herbs and maybe some sour cream- just for a different flavor but classic mashed taters are num.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
Sometimes a simple retro dish like this can be good!!!!!!!
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