The Best Mashed Potatoes

Who’s favorite side dish is mashed potatoes?!  Me me me me me!!  Belle Belle Belle Belle!!  We love mashed potatoes, AKA, the ultimate comfort food.

This is a simple but delicious recipe for mashed potatoes.  I use it as a base for many variations.  I serve them with white or brown gravy.  I make them “loaded” meaning I incorporate shredded cheese, bacon crumbles and diced green onions.  Sometimes I just add chopped garlic and parsley.  I’ll even get fancy and do 1/2 cup sour cream and fresh dill.  Whatever the variation, they come out great every time because this is the BEST mashed potato recipe.


Start with 6-7 medium to large Russet Potatoes.  Don’t stray away from the russet variety unless you’re using a red potato which is (obviously) a different texture but also mashes well.

“Are you all ready to have a rockin’ mashed potato time?”

– Billy Corgan



Peel em!



Cut them in halves or thirds depending on the size of the potato.  This will ensure they cook the same.



Next, place them in a large pot and cover with a couple inches of heavily salted water.


Once the water begins boiling, I let them boil for 15-20 minutes.  You can easily tell the potatoes are ready once they become “fork-tender”…. so…. poke them with a fork.  The sides should flake off easily.



If you’ve come here looking for healthy recipes, we need to have a sit-down conversation about your expectations of the food produced in this kitchen.  I use a sticks (yes, plural) of butter every. single. time.  😀

Everything is okay in moderation, right?  Right.  Glad we agree!



In a large bowl melt the butter in the microwave (or on the stove) and then place the strained potatoes on top.



You can use a potato masher, or a hand mixer… or even a stand mixer if you choose!  Begin mashing.  I typically use my hand mixer.



Now add the milk (and heavy cream if using).  Start by incorporating a little at a time until you have the consistency you want.



Then salt and pepper to taste.  If you heavily salted the boiling water, it shouldn’t take much salt to get them the way you like them.



So fluffy…



Topped with pan-gravy…



Accompanied by fried pork chops, salad and garlic bread.  🙂


The Best Mashed Potatoes

  • 6-7 large Russet Potatoes
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2-1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • S&P to taste

Wash and peel the potatoes.  Cut them so the pieces are equal in size.  Boil in heavily salted water for 15-20 minutes or until they are fork tender.  Strain.

In a large bowl mash the potatoes over 2 sticks of melted butter.  Once the butter is fully incorporated, slowly start adding the milk and heavy cream mixing until you have the right consistency keeping in mind not to over mix.  Stir in the garlic powder.  Lastly, season with salt and pepper to your liking.

Makes 8-10 servings.




Author: farmtotabletosoul

Thanks for joining me! Good company always shortens the journey so I'm glad you're here. My name is Tara Benson and I'm 33 years young. I'm an energetic wife and mother with a wild imagination and a bold sense of humor. Consider me 100% right brained. I love music, art, interior design, gardening, baking, cooking, creating and hobby farming. I'm married to the best husband, Jason. It's safe to say we're opposites in many ways, but get along GREAT. We have two very intelligent and loving children, Owen (10) and Belle (4). I come from a huge family with three brothers, one sister and about a thousand others in the extended version. I'm also a mother to a mixed herd of animals (13 and counting...). I work in the mortgage industry from my home office. In 2015, my husband and I bought a 13 acre farm on the eastern plains of Colorado. We decided to live out our dreams and make the best of our lives for ourselves and our children. We want to teach them that hard work and creativity will always payoff at the end of the day. So welcome! Stick around a while and make yourself at home. -Tara

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