Our Favorite Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Our Favorite Mashed Potatoes Recipe

We adore mashed potatoes and make them often. Since we make a batch almost every week, we wanted to share how we do it. The recipe varies slightly depending on who makes it. Adam likes to keep the potatoes unpeeled and I usually peel. Sometimes we use milk, sometimes we add a splash of chicken stock. And, when we’re feeling feisty, we add a splash of cream. Enjoy!

You May Also Like our Creamy Mashed Cauliflower Recipe. It’s a great alternative to mashed potatoes.

How We Make It — Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Our recipe is pretty simple. Think of it as an everyday recipe – one that can adapt based on what you have in the fridge (or whoever is making it). Nothing is overly decadent. Although, you could easily turn them into something that is.

Best Potatoes for Mashed Potatoes and How to Cook Them

We go for  waxy and thin-skinned potatoes. Small yellow, white or red potatoes are perfect. Since we’re usually short on time, they allow us to skip peeling and just slice in half or in quarters. They are usually much creamier than more starchy potatoes, like russet potatoes.

You can still use russet (baking) potatoes — we do if they are all we have. The mashed potatoes won’t be as creamy, but they will still taste great.

Adam and I go back and forth about peeling potatoes. Adam loves keeping the skins on and I prefer when the potatoes are peeled. It’s safe to say that whether or not our potatoes are peeled depends on who’s making them.

Our Favorite Mashed Potatoes RecipeWe don’t disagree when it comes to cooking the potatoes, though. No matter what potato you choose to cook, don’t forget the salt. We cover the potatoes with an inch or so of water then generously salt the water. A tablespoon of salt should do it.

By salting the water, the flavor of the potatoes really comes out. They won’t taste salty, only like awesome potatoes.

Once your potatoes are done, drain them,  return them to the saucepan and cover with a clean dishtowel for about 5 minutes. This helps the potatoes absorb excess steam that can make mashed potatoes watery. Another option is to tumble the cooked potatoes onto a baking sheet and set aside for 5 minutes.

Our Favorite Mashed PotatoesFrom there, we add some liquid and melted butter to make things extra creamy. For the liquid, we usually add equal parts of milk and chicken stock. You could add all milk or all chicken stock. You could even add a splash (or two) of cream to the potatoes to make them really creamy. A tablespoon or two of cream cheese wouldn’t hurt, either.

We stick to 1 cup of liquid for 2 pounds of cooked potatoes. For stiffer mashed potatoes, reduce the amount of liquid to 3/4 cup from 1 cup.

Most of the time, we use our handy potato masher, but for extra fluffy potatoes, use a food mill. Pass cooked potatoes through the smallest disk of a food mill then stir in milk or chicken stock and butter. (It’s best the potatoes are peeled for this).

Our Favorite Mashed Potatoes Recipe

And that’s it. Perfectly, creamy mashed potatoes. For more tips how to make them, check out Simply Recipe’s Mashed Potatoes Recipe or The Pioneer Woman’s extra decadent Mashed Potatoes.

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Our Favorite Mashed Potatoes Recipe
 
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Think of this as an everyday recipe – one that can adapt based on what you have in the fridge. Nothing is overly decadent, although, you could easily turn them into something that is. We call for 1 cup of liquid to be added to the potatoes. At home, we usually use equal parts milk to chicken stock. You could use all milk or all chicken stock. Or, replace some milk with heavy cream for extra decadent potatoes. A tablespoon or two of cream cheese wouldn't hurt, either. The trick to great mashed potatoes is seasoning up front. Adding a hearty amount of salt to the water seasons the potatoes while they cook – we use at least 1 tablespoon. This is similar to salting pasta water.
Yield: 6 (1/2 cup) servings
You Will Need
  • 2 pounds yellow, red or white potatoes (russet potatoes will also work, here)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 cup milk, chicken stock or a combination of both
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Directions
  1. Prepare Potatoes: Scrub then dice potatoes, making sure they are similar in size. (We often skip peeling potatoes, but it is completely up to you). Drop potatoes in a large saucepan, add the tablespoon of salt and cover with water.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat then reduce to a low simmer. Cook until potatoes fall apart when pierced with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. To Finish: Heat the milk or chicken stock and the butter until warm and the butter has melted.
  4. Drain then return the potatoes to the saucepan and cover with a clean dishtowel for about 5 minutes to absorb excess steam that can make mashed potatoes watery.
  5. Pour in the warm butter mixture then mash potatoes until creamy. (Don’t worry if the potatoes seem a bit thin at first, they absorb the liquid after a minute or two). Stir in the pepper and, if needed, a little more salt. Let stand for 5 minutes so that the potatoes thicken and then serve.
Notes and Tips
1. For stiffer mashed potatoes, reduce the amount of liquid called for in the recipe to 3/4 cup from 1 cup.


2. For extra fluffy potatoes, use a food mill. Pass cooked potatoes through the smallest disk of a food mill then stir in milk or chicken stock and butter. (It’s best the potatoes are peeled for this).


3. We use kosher salt. If you don’t have it on hand, keep this in mind: 1 teaspoon fine sea or table salt = about 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt.

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8 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Juanita February 14, 2016, 9:33 pm

    5 Stars

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  • Demiera February 4, 2016, 12:25 pm

    Thank you for this recipe!! Made it last night to go with a rotisserie chicken and some corn. Hubby works late so I wasn’t awake to see his reaction, but when I woke up this morning I found that he had polished off the rest of the pot! Sure sign that it was a hit! I’m definitely adding this to my rotation. (Oh, and I kept the skins on ;D)

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  • Djana December 14, 2015, 11:21 pm

    Made these for thanksgiving and now dreaming of them for christmas. So so so good, everyone loved them. It was the one thing that was not leftover and i made double your recommendation per person! p.s. With skins 😉

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  • Lisa November 17, 2014, 8:16 pm

    I love your style….”you can do it this way but you can also do it that way”….spoken like a true cook! I love adaptable recipes. I usually don’t like to comment on things I haven’t made yet, but I couldn’t resist saying how much I appreciate what I have read so far. I have you bookmarked and I look forward to trying your recipes!

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  • Deema Mauladad April 25, 2014, 12:45 am

    So yummy!!!! Best mash I have ever made!!! This went well with the turkey meatloaf recipe from this site- dinner was a hit!

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    • Joanne May 16, 2014, 12:26 pm

      Glad you loved it!

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      • Sue August 17, 2014, 3:02 pm

        Your forgetting the most important ingredient, if you like of course. Buy a bulk Garlic, ( use a whole one) cut the top off, drizzle with olive oil and kosher salt, wrap up in tin foil twice, bake for 30mins, or until caramelized. Carefully squeeze out caramelized garlue and mix in with all of the above. I also sometime use garlic butter, instead of butter. You will not regret, its the best tasting Garlic mash potatoes you will ever eat. :)))

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