Our Favorite Homemade Mashed Potatoes

Our favourite selfmade mashed potatoes recipe that works with skin-on and peeled potatoes. Study which potatoes to make use of and tips on how to prepare dinner them in order that they’re creamy and scrumptious. Jump to the Homemade Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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Tips on how to Make The Finest Mashed Potatoes

We like mashed potatoes and make them usually. Since we make a batch virtually each week, we needed to share our favourite method to make them. The recipe varies barely relying on who makes it. Adam likes to maintain the potatoes unpeeled and I often peel. Generally we use milk, generally we add a splash of inventory (vegetable or rooster inventory). And once we’re feeling feisty, we add a spoonful of bitter cream or splash of cream.

How to Make the Best Homemade Mashed Potatoes (Skin-On or Peeled)

When you can consider this as an on a regular basis recipe and one you can adapt primarily based on what you could have within the fridge (or whoever is making it), it’s additionally good for entertaining or for vacation meals. (We all the time make a batch of those potatoes, our seriously good mushroom stuffing and these buttery whole roasted onions for Thanksgiving.)

What are the perfect potatoes to make use of?

I take advantage of thin-skinned potatoes like creamers (or child potatoes) or Yukon Gold. Small yellow, white, or crimson potatoes are good. They’re fast to prepare dinner and make the perfect skin-on mashed potatoes! We’re often quick on time, so the smaller potatoes permit us to skip peeling and simply slice in half or quarters. (We use the identical sorts of potatoes to make this crispy oven roasted potato recipe!)

They’re additionally creamier than extra starchy potatoes, like russet potatoes. So in the event you love creamy mashed potatoes, select one of many small, thin-skinned varieties.

When you love fluffy mashed potatoes, use starchy potatoes (like Russet or Idaho) or for a mixture of fluffy and creamy, use each waxy potatoes (like Pink Bliss or child potatoes) and starchy potatoes.

Adam and I trip about peeling the potatoes. Adam loves maintaining the skins on and I favor when the potatoes are peeled. It’s secure to say that whether or not or not our potatoes are peeled depends upon who’s making them.

Our Finest Ideas For Making Mashed Potatoes

Adam and I’d disagree in relation to peeling the potatoes, however we don’t disagree in relation to cooking them. Listed below are our greatest ideas for making them in your kitchen:

Lower the potatoes into an identical dimension. You need the potatoes to prepare dinner evenly and maintaining the potatoes an identical dimension helps with that. I reduce mine into medium chunks (1 to 2 inches). At that dimension, the potatoes take about quarter-hour to prepare dinner.

Salt the cooking water. It doesn’t matter what potato you select to prepare dinner, don’t neglect the salt. A tablespoon of salt ought to do it. Similar to if you add salt to pasta water, the salty water seasons the potatoes. They gained’t style salty, solely like superior potatoes.

Seasoning mashed potato cooking water
Similar to seasoning pasta water, it is very important season the cooking water for potatoes.

Simmer till fork tender. After I can simply pierce a potato with a fork, they’re completed. Cooking longer than that implies that the potatoes will likely be overcooked, which makes them like glue.

Drain them effectively. As soon as the potatoes are completed, I drain them, return them to the saucepan and canopy with a clear dishtowel for about 5 minutes. This helps the potatoes soak up extra steam that may make mashed potatoes watery. Another choice is to tumble the cooked potatoes onto a baking sheet and put aside for five minutes.

Add heat butter and milk or inventory. We add some liquid and melted butter to make the potatoes additional creamy. For the liquid, we often add equal components of milk and rooster inventory. You may add all milk or all rooster inventory. You may even add a splash (or two) of cream to the potatoes to make them actually creamy. Heat liquid absorbs higher than chilly and it retains the mashed potatoes good and sizzling.

We persist with 1 cup of liquid for two kilos of cooked potatoes. For stiffer mashed potatoes, cut back the quantity of liquid to three/4 cup from 1 cup.

Adding butter, milk (or stock) to mashed potatoes
Including the butter, milk (or inventory) heat helps the potatoes to soak up it and retains the mashed potatoes good and heat.

Hand Mash. More often than not, we use our helpful potato masher, however for additional creamy potatoes, use a meals mill. Move cooked potatoes by way of the smallest disk of a meals mill then stir in milk or rooster inventory and butter. (It’s greatest the potatoes are peeled for this). I don’t advocate utilizing a meals processor and in the event you use a hand blender, watch out to not over whip the potatoes since over mixing makes mashed potatoes sticky and gluey.

Make them additional creamy. After I need ultra-creamy mashed potatoes, I add a dollop of bitter cream. The tanginess of bitter cream cuts the richness of the butter and makes the potatoes so creamy.

Add additional flavors. You possibly can add quite a lot of additional components to mashed potatoes. Strive garlic (recent or roasted garlic), recent herbs, chives, scallions, cream cheese, shredded cheese, and even cooked and crumbled bacon.

What To Serve With Mashed Potatoes

I can just about eat these mashed potatoes with out anything on the plate. That stated, there are such a lot of choices for what to serve them with:

Homemade Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Extra Straightforward Potato Recipes

Recipe up to date, initially posted November 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we’ve tweaked the recipe to be extra clear. – Adam and Joanne

Our Favourite Do-it-yourself Mashed Potatoes

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Our favourite method to make mashed potatoes. Consider this as an on a regular basis recipe – one you can adapt primarily based on what you could have within the fridge. We name for 1 cup of liquid to be added to the potatoes. At residence, we often use equal components milk to rooster inventory. You may use all milk or all inventory (rooster or vegetable). Or, substitute some milk with heavy cream or bitter cream for additional decadent potatoes. A tablespoon or two of cream cheese wouldn’t damage, both.

The trick to nice mashed potatoes is seasoning up entrance. Including a hearty quantity of salt to the water seasons the potatoes whereas they prepare dinner – we use no less than 1 tablespoon. That is just like salting pasta water.

Makes roughly 6 servings

Watch Us Make the Recipe


  • Put together Potatoes
  • Scrub then cube potatoes, ensuring they’re related in dimension. (We regularly depart the pores and skin on the potatoes, however it’s fully as much as you).

    Drop potatoes in a big saucepan, add a tablespoon of salt and canopy with water. Deliver to a boil over medium-high warmth then cut back to a low simmer. Prepare dinner till the potatoes crumble when pierced with a fork, 15 to twenty minutes.

    • To End
    • Warmth the milk or rooster inventory, and the butter till heat and the butter has melted. Drain then return the potatoes to the saucepan and canopy with a clear dishtowel. Go away them for about 5 minutes to soak up extra steam that may make mashed potatoes watery.

      Pour within the heat butter combination then mash the potatoes till creamy. (Don’t fear if the potatoes appear a bit skinny at first, they soak up the liquid after a minute or two). Stir within the pepper and splash of cream or bitter cream (if utilizing).

      Style for seasoning and modify with further salt and pepper. Let stand for five minutes in order that the potatoes thicken, after which serve.

Adam and Joanne’s Ideas

  • You need to use russet (baking) potatoes. The mashed potatoes will likely be a bit fluffier.
  • For stiffer mashed potatoes, cut back the quantity of liquid referred to as for within the recipe to three/4 cup from 1 cup.
  • For additional creamy potatoes, use a meals mill. Move the cooked potatoes by way of the smallest disk of a meals mill then stir in milk or rooster inventory and butter. (It’s greatest the potatoes are peeled for this).
  • Diet details: The diet details supplied under are estimates. We’ve got used the USDA database to calculate approximate values. We’ve got omitted salt since you will want so as to add to your tastes. We assumed 1/2 milk to 1/2 inventory and added a splash of cream.

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Diet Per Serving: Energy 182 / Protein 4 g / Carbohydrate 28 g / Dietary Fiber 3 g / Complete Sugars 2 g / Complete Fats 7 g / Saturated Fats 4 g / Ldl cholesterol 18 mg

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher


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