The Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

These are perfect mashed potatoes! A super simple technique makes all the difference – get wonderfully creamy mashed potatoes each and every time.

A bowl of mashed potatoes placed on a rustic wooden background.

I fully admit to being a carbaholic, and the holidays feed right into my weakness. Sure there’s a turkey at Thanksgiving, but I typically only eat a small piece and then load up on mashed potatoes, some type of sweet potatoes, stuffing, and no less than two dinner rolls.

And at Christmas and Easter? Give me a small piece of ham, or better yet, throw that small piece of ham on a roll for a sandwich and then put the pan of scalloped potatoes right next to me. Given my love of side dishes and carbs, it goes without saying that perfect mashed potatoes are an absolute must for me. It took me awhile to nail down the technique for truly magnificent potatoes, but once I uncovered it, I’ve never made mashed potatoes another way! The best part is that they are incredibly easy to make only requires a few ingredients.

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A bowl of mashed potatoes, swirled and ready to eat.

I have found that Yukon gold potatoes make for the creamiest mashed potatoes (it’s an added bonus that they have a gorgeous golden hue).

Aside from that, the real secret I’ve found is to have the butter and milk melted together and warm before adding them to the boiled potatoes and doing your mashing. This seriously makes all the difference; I couldn’t believe it the first time I did it; the mashed potatoes turn out so much smoother and creamier.

A quick make-ahead note! Two years ago, I tired of trying to time my potatoes with the turkey being done and carved, so I started making them early in the day and keeping them in the slow cooker on warm. It works like a charm and now I make them in the morning before anyone gets here and they’re piping hot whenever we sit down to eat! I’ve added a note below the recipe on my tips for keeping them warm, so be sure to check it out.

A bowl of mashed potatoes.

My family clamors for these mashed potatoes each and every Thanksgiving, so depending on how many people we’re having, I make either a triple or quadruple batch to ensure there is enough for everyone take pack up with their leftovers!

I love that these are super creamy but still retain a good bit of texture and some chunkiness – the best of both worlds when it comes to mashed potatoes. I hope you’ll give this version a try and let me know how you liked it!

A serving spoon scooping out a helping of mashed potatoes from the serving bowl.

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Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Servings 4 servings
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Total 45 minutes
Course:Side Dish
Author: Michelle
A super simple technique makes all the difference - get wonderfully creamy mashed potatoes each and every time.


  • 2
    Yukon gold potatoes
    (peeled and cut into large chunks)
  • ½
    unsalted butter
  • ¾
  • 2
    kosher salt
  • ½
    freshly ground black pepper


  1. Put the potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water.
  2. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are very tender.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the butter and half-and-half in a small saucepan over low heat.
  4. Drain the potatoes and return to the pot. Mash up the potatoes a little with a potato masher. Add the melted butter mixture a little at a time and use the potato masher to combine. Once it has all been added, use a wooden spoon or spatula to give it a few stirs to combine completely. Stir in the salt and pepper and stir to combine. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes:

  • Half and half is a common dairy product sold in the U.S. If it's not available where you live, you can substitute half whole milk and half heavy cream.
  • You can keep these mashed potatoes warm in a slow cooker if making for a holiday dinner. Splash some cream on the bottom of the slow cooker, add the mashed potatoes, and then a splash of heavy cream on top. Keep the slow cooker on warm and stir occasionally. If the potatoes seem dry at any point, then just stir in some additional cream.
  • These are very well seasoned (there's nothing worse than bland mashed potatoes!); if you're watching your salt intake, you may want to cut back on the salt to start and then add more to taste.
Nutritional values are based on one serving


Calories: 394kcal
Fat: 28g
Saturated fat: 17g
Cholesterol: 77mg
Sodium: 1207mg
Potassium: 995mg
Carbohydrates: 30g
Fiber: 5g
Protein: 7g
Vitamin A: 870%
Vitamin C: 26.2%
Calcium: 123%
Iron: 7.3%

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This recipe was originally published on November 22, 2011.