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Easy Mashed Potatoes

This Easy Homemade Mashed Potatoes is a super simple and delicious side dish recipe you can serve during the holidays and all year round for your family!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 283kcal
Author: Mariam E.


  • 2 lbs. Yukon golden potatoes
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsps. salt 1 for boiling, 1 to adjust the taste
  • 1/2 cup butter   + 2 tbsps. melted for topping
  • 1/2 cup hot milk
  • 1 tsp. grated garlic optional
  • Chives and fresh ground black pepper for garnishing


  • Peel and dice the potatoes into 2 inch cubes. Rinse and set aside.
  • Bring a pot filled half way with water to boil. Add in the salt and potatoes and cook until they are fork soft (enough to easily insert a fork)
  • Drain the water and return potatoes to pot. Add in the butter, salt to taste, hot milk and mash well with a potato masher until you obtain and very creamy texture. Note, if you are adding garlic, melt the butter and garlic together at the same time to infuse the garlic flavor.
  • Remove and transfer the mashed potatoes to a serving bowl. Drizzle 2 tbsps. of melted butter on top and then crack some fresh ground pepper on top. Garnish with some chopped chives and serve.
  • You can cover and keep on low for a few more minutes and then remove to serve.


  • Use Yukon Golden or Russet Potatoes.
  • Cut your potatoes into big cubes. Cutting them up too small gives water more of an opportunity to make its way inside the potatoes and will make them too watery.
  • Boil the water before adding in the potatoes.
  • If you want a really creamy taste and texture, you can’t let the potatoes cool before mashing, you want to start mashing as soon as they are drained.
  • Salt the water you cook them in.
  • Drain well to avoid mushy potatoes.
  • Tastes constantly! This is so important, season and taste often so you can get the right level of salt and pepper into the recipe.
  • Do not use a food processor.
  • If you would like to whip the potatoes up in a cake mixer and use the whipping whisk, you can do so as well and transfer back to the pot.
  • Use full fat milk, cheese and sour cream.
  • Melt butter with herbs to infuse flavors if adding in herbs.
  • Feel free to omit the garlic, these recipe still tastes great!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.5g | Protein: 4.8g | Fat: 18.2g | Saturated Fat: 11.3g | Sodium: 436mg | Sugar: 2.9g
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