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How to Make Mashed Potatoes

By: Jordan Sward, Editor, RecipeLion

Mashed potatoes are a staple on holiday dinner tables and family meals no matter what time of year. With this easy tutorial, you'll learn How to Make Mashed Potatoes the easy way! Watch our short video and learn the secret to making creamy homemade mashed potatoes in just a few short steps. Once you've mastered the task of making mashed potatoes, you'll never want to eat the instant kind again. It's a simple side dish solution that's comforting and pairs well with pretty much any main dish.

Expand your repotoire of classic dishes you can make anytime by learning this American favorite. Every home cook should learn how to make mashed potatoes, and we're here to help!


How to Make Mashed Potatoes


Ingredients:How to Make Mashed Potatoes

  • 1 1/2 pounds Russet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup milk or heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste



  1. Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut each one in half lengthwise, then into chunks. The smaller the chunks, the faster they will soften when boiling.
  2. Place the potatoes in a medium pot and fill with cold water at least an inch above the potatoes. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Cover and boil for about 15-20 minutes, until the potatoes can easily be pierced by a fork.
  3. Drain the water, then place the potatoes back into the pan with the heat off to evaporate any extra water. Add in the milk, butter, salt and pepper, and mash with a potato masher until smooth. You may also use a wooden spoon to stir the potatoes and create a smoother texture.


How to Make Mashed Potatoes that Stand Out

Now that you've learned the basic technique, don't settle for boring mashed potatoes when you could have these delicious mashed potato recipe variations.


How to Make Mashed Potatoes

  • For garlic mashed potatoes, add 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic and 1/4 cup sour cream before mashing.
  • Stir in 1/4 cup sour cream and 3-4 tablespoons fresh chopped chives after mashing for sour cream and chive mashed potatoes.
  • If you love bacon and cheese, add 2 cups Cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup bacon bits to your potatoes after mashing.
  • For a low-fat version, use 1/4 cup low fat plain Greek yogurt and 1/4 cup milk.
  • Leave the skins on and follow instructions as normal for a more rustic side dish. Skin-on mashed potatoes are also great with red potatoes.


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If I could eat mashed potatoes for every meal I probably would..and I love that there are so many different additions you can add to the already basic recipe that's always great just as it is. My preference has always been baking the potatoes with the skin on...I just think it does so much for the texture of the mashed potatoes and it's good for you too. Greek yogurt is one I haven't tried yet and cheese, yum!


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