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Best Mashed Potatoes
These mashed potatoes are honestly the best mashed potatoes you’ll ever eat. Creamy, fluffy, buttery and smooth!
All you need is 4 simple ingredients and a little time to whip up this perfect side dish.
Mashed Potato Flavors
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Add 2 minced garlic cloves with the butter to the mashed potatoes.
Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
Add 1/2 Cup of Cheddar Cheese with the butter to the mashed potaotes.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Swap the potatoes for sweet potatoes and follow the same recipe to make mashed sweet potatoes.
Mashed Potatoes Recipe Ingredients
1.5lb / 700g Potatoes – The most important tip for mashed potatoes is to make sure you are using the right type of potatoes. This recipe needs starchy potatoes not waxy. Yokon Gold and Agria are common varieties.
113g / 1 Stick Butter – Good mashed potato does need this much butter. It’s an indulgent food not an everyday food.
60ml / 1/4 Cup Milk – Whole milk works best for this recipe but a milk alternative will also work.
Salt + Pepper – Don’t forget salt and pepper, mashed potatoes need a lot so keep tasting and seasoning until you get it perfect!
How to Make Mashed Potatoes
Peel the potatoes with a peeler.
You can leave the skin on for a chunkier mashed potato but I prefer it completely smooth.
Cut the potatoes into about 1″ or 3cm chunks so they cook quicker.
Place into a medium sized saucepan.
Fill the saucepan with cold water until it covers the potatoes.
Always cook the potatoes from cold water as this helps them cook more evenly.
Strain the potatoes and place them back into the saucepan.
Place the saucepan back over medium heat for just a minute or two until all of the water has evaporated and the potatoes look dry.
Use a potato masher or potato ricer to mash the potatoes until smooth.
When the potatoes are smooth, give them a quick taste test to make sure, start to add the butter in thirds.
Use the masher to mash the potatoes and butter together until incorporated.
Pour in the warm milk and mash until combined. You should end up with creamy, fluffy and smooth mashed potatoes.
Season with salt and pepper and the mashed potatoes are ready to serve.
Common Questions for this Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Can I make this Mashed Potato in advance?
Yes you can, just keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you are ready to serve remove it from the fridge and microwave in 30 second bursts until hot.
Can I add other flavourings?
Yes you can! Garlic, Cheese, Cream Cheese and different seasoning powders add really great flavor!
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Mashed Potatoes Recipe
- 1.5 lb Potatoes starchy
- 1 Stick Butter
- 1/4 Cup Milk warm
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Pepper
- Peel the potatoes and cut into 1" or 3cm chunks.
- Place the potatoes into a medium sized saucepan and fill with cold water until the potatoes are coved.
- Place the saucepan over high heat and bring to the boil. Turn down to medium high and cook for about 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender and falling apart.
- Strain the potatoes and place back into the saucepan. Place over medium heat for a few minutes to dry the potatoes out.
- Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes until smooth. Add the butter in thirds, using the masher until it has melted.
- Pour in the warm milk and stir until combined. Season well with salt and pepper, taste to check seasoning until it's perfect.