These easy Mashed Potatoes are creamy, buttery and are the perfect side dish with almost any meal. They only need 5 ingredients and is ready in under 30 minutes!
Side Dishes make the meal, especially holiday classics like Green Bean Casserole, Baked Mac and Cheese and Easy Apple Sausage Stuffing.
EASY MASHED POTATOES RECIPE
The perfect mashed potatoes to serve alongside your steak, Baked Ham (ours may be the best you’ll ever have) or turkey in the holiday season and it makes enough for a crowd! Easily halved for smaller meals, this recipe is simple and open to your favorite add ins!
Mashed Potatoes are a time tested side dish recipe that pairs perfectly with most steak or chicken recipes. Classic mashed potatoes are usually made with russet potatoes, but if you’re not in the mood to peel them you can also use Yukon Gold or red potatoes.
HOW DO YOU MAKE THE PERFECT MASHED POTATOES
- In a large pot, add potatoes and boil for a total time of 15-20 minutes, or until potatoes are soft and a fork goes through easily.
- Drain the potatoes. Add back to the pot and set aside.
- Heat the butter and milk in a separate pan, or microwave until butter is melted.
- Add butter and spices to the potatoes. Mash potatoes together until there are no large lumps.
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HOW TO MASH POTATOES WITHOUT A MASHER
If you don’t have a traditional potato masher, you can use another common kitchen tool to achieve creamy mashed potatoes. An electric hand mixer is so much easier and faster, that you’ll be pulling it out to mash all of your potato recipes from now on.
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CAN YOU SUBSTITUTE SOUR CREAM FOR MILK IN MASHED POTATOES?
If you have sour cream that you want to use up, you can use that instead of milk in this mashed potatoes recipe.
Sour cream can help the potatoes have a nice creamy texture, while the flavor goes really well with a savory side dish like this. The rule of thumb is to add ½ cup sour cream to replace one cup of milk, and add more as needed once you are mashing the potatoes.
You can also add evaporated milk in place of milk in your recipe if you’re looking for a shelf stable option.
You can also add cream cheese or mascarpone cheese for an extra creamy and tangy texture like in thisRichest, Cheesiest, Crispy Mashed Potatoes.
HOW MANY POTATOES SHOULD YOU MAKE PER PERSON FOR MASHED POTATOES
Potatoes can come in all shapes and sizes. If using large potatoes, use 1-2 per person. If small, use 2-3 potatoes per person.
A good rule of thumb is to go by how many pound of potatoes you have. A 3 pound bag of potatoes should feed 5-6 people comfortably, which leaves you at about ½ pound per person.
Mashed Potato Flavor Variations:
- Garlic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes: Add your favorite herbs! Fresh minced rosemary or sage would be wonderful.
- Brown Butter Thyme Mashed Potatoes: Brown the butter before adding it in with the warmed milk and add some fresh thyme.
- Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes: Caramelize onions deeply in the butter and add goat cheese.
- Cheddar and Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes: Add cheddar and sour cream (1 cup cheese, ½ cup sour cream).
- Garlic Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes: Add olive oil instead of butter and mince up as much fresh garlic as you can handle.
- Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Roast a head of garlic and add the whole head of it to the potatoes as you mash them (don’t worry roasted garlic has a sweet, muted flavor).
- Bacon Mashed Potatoes: Bacon fat used in place of butter and bacon crumbles throughout.
- Loaded Mashed Potatoes: Add your favorite baked potato toppings, cheese, bacon, chives and sour cream.
- Spinach Artichoke Mashed Potatoes: Add spinach and artichokes to a food processor. Add ½ a cup of each to the potatoes with 2 cups of Parmesan Cheese.
- Cajun Mashed Potatoes: Add jerk or cajun seasoning to kick up the spice and flavor easily.
MORE DELICIOUS HOLIDAY SIDE DISHES:
- 5 pounds potatoes , (either Russet or a mix with Russet and Yukon)
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt , for seasoning full pot of water
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup whole milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- Peel and quarter potatoes and put in cold water until ready to cook (up to 4 hours ahead of time).
- In a large stockpot bring 1 gallon of water and 2 tablespoons of salt to a boil along with the potatoes and boil for 15-18 minutes.
- Add the milk and butter together in a small saucepan and heat until steaming.
- Drain the potatoes and put them back into the pot on low heat and mash them well before adding in the milk and butter mixture, remaining salt and pepper and continuing to mash the potatoes until as creamy as desired.
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