Mashed Potatoes are a creamy and buttery side dish that goes PERFECTLY with almost any meal, only takes 5 ingredients and is ready in under 30 minutes!
Easy Mashed Potatoes
The perfect mashed potatoes to serve alongside your steak, ham 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. Personally, I like to make mashed potatoes 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.
For this recipe I used my largest stockpot WITH a basket. You can buy a large fryer, like this one that comes with a basket. Plus since it is a fryer it is going to do double duty for you. I used my All-Clad one I got from our wedding registry but it is totally unnecessary to buy something as expensive as mine.
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.
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 1/2 cup sour cream to replace one cup of milk, and add more as needed once you’re mashing the potatoes.
You can also add cream cheese or mascarpone cheese for an extra creamy and tangy texture like in this Richest, Cheesiest, Crispy Mashed Potatoes.
HOW MANY POTATOES SHOULD YOU MAKE PER PERSON FOR MASHED POTATOES
Potatoes can come in all shapes and sizes. If I’m working with really but potatoes, I might use 1-2 per person. If they’re small, that would be more like 2-3 potatoes. A better rule of thumb is to go by how many pound of potatoes you have. a 5 lb bag of potatoes should feed 5-6 people comfortably, which leaves you at about 1 pound per person.
WHAT CAN I ADD TO MASHED POTATOES FOR FLAVOR?
- Add your favorite herbs! Fresh minced rosemary or sage would be wonderful.
- Brown the butter before adding it in with the warmed milk and add some fresh thyme.
- Caramelize onions deeply in the butter and add goat cheese.
- Add cheddar and sour cream (1 cup cheese, 1/2 cup sour cream).
- Add olive oil instead of butter and mince up as much fresh garlic as you can handle.
- 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).
- Add your favorite baked potato toppings, cheese, bacon, chives and sour cream.
- Add spinach and artichokes to a food processor. Add 1/2 a cup of each to the potatoes with 2 cups of Parmesan Cheese.
- Add jerk or cajun seasoning to kick up the spice and flavor easily.
WHAT DO YOU EAT MASHED POTATOES WITH?
Mashed potatoes go really well with traditional steak and chicken recipes. You can try them with my Easy Salisbury Steak, or Perfect Easy Ribeye Steak. They’re also the perfect match with roasted chicken, or my Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken.
Perfect & Easy Mashed Potatoes + 10 Add-In Options
- Yield: 12
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Course: Side, vegetarian
- Cuisine: American
- Author: Sabrina Snyder
- 5 pounds potatoes (either Russet or a mix with Russet and Yukon)
- 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
- 2/3 cup whole milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.
- 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 and continuing to mash the potatoes until as creamy as desired.
For perfectly fluffy mashed potatoes use a ricer.
Yield: 12 , Amount per serving: 184 calories, Calories: 184g, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 382mg, Potassium: 798mg, Fiber: 4g, Vitamin A: 255g, Vitamin C: 21.5g, Calcium: 74g, Iron: 6.1g
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