Side Dish | November 18, 2018

Homemade Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Looking for the creamiest, fluffiest, buttery homemade mashed potatoes recipe? STOP HERE! This is it! Let me also just add its also the easiest and THE BEST  homemade mashed potatoes recipe.

Homemade Creamy Mashed Potatoes in white bowl

 I’m going to show you have to make some bomb mashed potatoes. They are so easy! Really, it is hard to mess up mashed potatoes. With this base recipe you can add your own flavor to jazz it up or keep it simple to compliment the rest of the dinner.

Homemade Creamy Mashed Potatoes overhead shot

How do you make the best homemade mashed potatoes?

Step 1: How many potatoes per person for mashed potatoes?

The hardest part is deciding how much to fix?!  My recommendation of 1 potato per person. When we fix Sunday dinners for a large group we do 1 potato per adult, 1 per 2 kids and then if we have a lot of hungry men present we might add in 1-2 extra.

This recipe is based with the guest list of 6 adults. My potatoes were also large baking potatoes, about the size of my hand. So 6 potatoes made plenty.

washed potatoes on blue and white rag, some peeled, some not

Step 2: Wash and Prepare

Potatoes come straight out of dusty fields and need a good washing. Take a scrub brush and scrub under running water. Next peel the potatoes, if you desire, and cut off any large ‘eyes’. When I’m in a hurry I leave the skins on. It’s easy and great nutrition too. There is not a big difference, just a matter of personal preference if you leave your skins on or off.

chopped potatoes in pot

Step 3: Cut and boil

Cut potatoes in to chunks about 1 inch thick. Cutting them down helps reduce cook time. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add potatoes.

How long does it take to boil potatoes for mashed potatoes? Boil until fork tender. 10-15 minutes. When done, remove from heat and drain all water.

Step 4: Season and Mash

For this particular step, I measured exactly who much I used for my 6 potatoes. When mashing potatoes, it is all about texture! I like to use a hand held mixer for the fluffiest mashed potatoes.

  1. Add butter. Cut the butter into chunks to it will start to melt. Use your beaters and press down on the potatoes with them. DO NOT turn the beaters on, just start mashing the potatoes and butter together.
  2. Once all the potatoes pieces have been mashed turn on beaters and s lowly add milk until potatoes are a smooth consistency but not too soft.
  3.  A word of caution, always start off with a little and add as you go, you would rather have thick creamy potatoes then soupy potatoes.

PRO TIP: Use a potatoes masher or my favorite.. a hand mixer! And best yet, do it right in your pot! Makes life so easy. Start on a low setting and mix up those potatoes while streaming your milk in.

hand mixer being used to mash potatoes

How do I season Mashed Potatoes?

Season with salt and a little pepper. I don’t add a lot of seasonings to my potatoes, primarily because I usually serve with gravy. If you are serving alone, please add in some cheddar cheese, garlic, chives, maybe a few bacon bites, or even a powder ranch dressing mix. So many options to make those potatoes flavorful and fun.

Step 5: Dish up

Scoop out those delicious potatoes in to a beautiful serving bowl. If your really going for a wow factor, drizzle a little melt butter over and add something green as a garnish… maybe a rosemary sprig or chives. If you were the one assigned to bring the potatoes to grandmas house, try scooping them into a casserole dish that can be placed in the oven to keep warm.

Homemade Creamy Mashed Potatoes garnished with chives

How Do I make Mashed Potatoes in the pressure cooker or instant pot?

If you are making mashed potatoes in your instant pot or pressure cooker if is so easy!!  You put 1 cup water in the pressure cooker with your cut up potatoes. Cook for 4 minutes, drain and then mash and season the same as instucted above. You can mash straight from your instant pot pan!


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Homemade Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Creamy, buttery, fluffy homemade mashed potatoes recipe. 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy mashed potatoes, dinner side dish
Servings: 6 adults
Calories: 278 kcal
Author: Aubrey
  • 6 large baking potatoes
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • 1 C milk
  • 1/2 sour cream
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. Wash and peel potatoes
  2. Cut into 1 inch chunks.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil then add potatoes.
  4. Boil until fork tender.
  5. Drain water.
  6. Add in butter, sour cream and begin mixing on low speed with a hand mixer.
  7. Stream in milk until desired consistency is reached. About 1 cup of milk, but you might want more or less depending on the size of your potatoes.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Serve warm.
Recipe Notes

PRESSURE COOKER instructions: Place potato chunks and 3 c water and 1 t salt in inner pot, set to vegetable setting. Cook 4 minutes quick. Drain potatoes and continue to mash and prepare as directed.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 278 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 112mg5%
Potassium 941mg27%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 360IU7%
Vitamin C 12.1mg15%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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