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A close-up photo of mashed potatoes swirled in a bowl with a wooden spoon.

The Most Perfect Mashed Potatoes

A super simple technique makes all the difference - get wonderfully creamy mashed potatoes each and every time.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Total 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 394 kcal
Author Michelle


  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes peeled and cut into large chunks
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup half-and-half
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon 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.

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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

Nutrition Facts
The Most Perfect Mashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 394 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 1207mg52%
Potassium 995mg28%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 5g21%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 870IU17%
Vitamin C 26.2mg32%
Calcium 123mg12%
Iron 7.3mg41%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.