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There’s something incredibly satisfying about a bowl of velvety, homemade mashed potatoes. This simple, yet indulgent potato dish, can elevate any meal, bringing comfort and warmth to your table. This Creamy Homemade Mashed Potatoes recipe guarantees a smooth, buttery, and flavorful side dish that pairs perfectly with a variety of dishes. Homemade mashed potatoes offer a taste of nostalgia and a touch of luxury, making them a must-have for any occasion.

A white bowl filled with creamy homemade mashed potatoes with two pats of butter melting on top of them. Small pumpkins are in the background.

WHY MAKE HOMEMADE MASHED POTATOES

Creating tasty mashed potatoes from scratch offers an unparalleled taste and texture, as opposed to store-bought. Honestly, the creamy smoothness and rich flavors of homemade mashed potatoes far surpass instant varieties. By controlling the ingredients, you ensure a fresh, preservative-free dish that embodies the essence of comfort food.

HOW TO MAKE CREAMY HOMEMADE MASHED POTATOES

Homemade mashed potatoes offer a taste of nostalgia and a touch of luxury, making them a must-have for any occasion. To achieve the fluffy texture, it’s best to use a hand mixer. Alternatively, for more of a potato purée, use a potato ricer or pass through a sturdy mesh strainer.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. Yukon gold or yellow potatoes, peeled and cut into even chunks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 10 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sour cream

Instructions:

  1. Place the peeled and rinsed potatoes in a pot with 1 teaspoon of salt. Cover with cold water, ensuring the water level is about 1″ above the potatoes. Bring to a boil, then partially cover and simmer until the potatoes are fork-tender.
  2. While the potatoes are boiling, heat the cream and 4 tablespoons of butter in a saucepot until warm.
  3. Drain the cooked potatoes in a colander. Return the potatoes to the pot and place it back on the stove to allow excess water to steam off.
  4. Remove the pot from heat. Pour in half of the warm butter/cream mixture and add 2 more tablespoons of butter. Mix with a hand mixer on low until combined. Check the texture, then add the remaining cream/butter mixture, sour cream, and 2 more tablespoons of butter. Mix until light and fluffy. Adjust salt to taste.
  5. Serve the mashed potatoes in a bowl, topped with the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter.

VARIATIONS OF MASHED POTATOES

This potato mash recipe is a great base for layering additional flavors. Here’s a list of ingredients you can consider incorporating to make your homemade mashed potatoes more exciting:

  1. Garlic: Roasted or sautéed garlic adds a subtle, savory flavor.
  2. Cheese: Sharp cheddar, Parmesan, smoked Gouda, or even blue cheese can be melted into the potatoes, creating a cheesy and indulgent dish.
  3. Herbs: Fresh or dried herbs like parsley, chives, thyme, or rosemary can impart a refreshing and aromatic taste.
  4. Bacon: Crispy bacon bits or crumbled bacon add a smoky and salty crunch to the creamy potatoes.
  5. Caramelized Onions: Sweet and savory caramelized onions add depth and complexity to the flavor profile.
  6. Condiments: Horseradish, mustard, wasabi or pesto, are also great additions.
  7. Truffle Oil: A drizzle of truffle oil imparts an elegant and earthy aroma to this potato dish.
  8. Crispy Shallots: Fried shallots add a crispy, sweet, and savory topping to mashed potatoes.

SERVING AND LEFTOVER IDEAS

Mashed potatoes are incredibly versatile and can be paired with a wide variety of dishes, or enjoyed alone. Here are a few ideas you can pair with mashed potatoes to create a delicious and satisfying meal:

Store leftover mashed potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, gently warm in a saucepan over low heat, adding a splash of cream or milk to restore that creamy texture.

Easily, transform leftover mashed potatoes into crispy potato pancakes, add them to soups and stews for added thickness and flavor, use as a topping for shepherd’s pie, make potato croquettes and so much more!

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A white bowl filled with creamy homemade mashed potatoes with two pats of butter melting on top of them. Small pumpkins are in the background.

Creamy Homemade Mashed Potatoes


Description

This Creamy Homemade Mashed Potatoes recipe guarantees a smooth, buttery, and flavorful side that pairs perfectly with a variety of dishes. Homemade mashed potatoes offer a taste of nostalgia and a touch of luxury, making them a must-have for any occasion.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2-pounds, Yukon gold or yellow potatoes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sour cream

Instructions

  1. Peel and rinse the potatoes. Cut into even chunks.
  2. Place the potatoes in a pot with a teaspoon of salt.
  3. Fill the pot with cold water to about an inch above the potatoes.
  4. Bring to a boil. Partially cover.
  5. While the potatoes are boiling, gently heat the heavy cream and 4 tablespoons of butter in a sauce pot.
  6. Once the potatoes are just fork tender, drain.
  7. Add the drained potatoes back to the pot and place on the stove to allow the residual heat draw out any excess moisture.
  8. Remove from heat. Add in half of the warm cream/butter mixture, along with two more tablespoons of butter.
  9. Mix with a hand mixer, on low speed, until just combined. Add additional amounts of the cream/butter mixture. Mix.
  10. Add in the sour cream, along with two more tablespoons of butter. Gently mix to desired consistency.
  11. Potatoes should be creamy and fluffy.
  12. Spoon into a large bowl topped with a few more pats of butter. Serve immediately.
  13. ENJOY!
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Notes

  • Opt for Yukon gold or yellow potatoes as they have a creamy butter texture, and flavor.
  • Russet, or red potatoes are also great substitutes.
  • For added texture, leave the potatoes unpeeled.
  • Cut the potatoes into even-sized pieces to ensure they cook uniformly.
  • Be sure to add salt to the potatoes during the cooking process.
  • Cook the potatoes just until fork-tender. Overcooking the potatoes can lead to mushy mashed potatoes.
  • Greek yogurt or cream cheese are great substitutions for sour cream.
  • Substitute all, or part of the heavy cream, with milk or even buttermilk, for tang.
  • Gently heat the cream and butter mixture. Do not boil or burn.
  • After the potatoes are drained, add them back to the pot and place back on the stove to allow the residual heat to steam off any excess moisture.
  • Add the warm cream/butter mixture in intervals. You can always add in, but it’s hard to take away.
  • Use a hand mixer, on low speed, to achieve creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes.
  • Taste for salt as you go. 
  • You can use a potato ricer. However, the consistency will be more like puréed potatoes. 
  • Use vegan butter and dairy-free heavy whipping cream for a vegan mashed potatoes.
  • Serve immediately for the best flavor and consistency.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Easily repurpose leftovers into potato pancakes, for shepherd’s pie, potato croquettes and so much more.
  • Be patient! Achieving perfect mashed potatoes can take a few tries. 
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Side dish, Potatoes
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: American

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