These homemade mashed potatoes are creamy and delicious. With just a few easy steps, your family can enjoy mashed potatoes from scratch.

bowl of mashed potatoes

Best Homemade mashed potatoes Recipe

If I had to choose one comfort food to enjoy, it would be mashed potatoes. There is something about each fluffy and creamy bite.

They go with just about anything and I could literally eat the entire bowl. Homemade is best so don’t even think about making boxed potatoes.

If you have been hesitant about making homemade mashed potatoes, I am going to show you how easy it is.

Once you see how simple it is to make mashed potatoes from scratch, you will be hooked!

We even have a slow cooker mashed potatoes recipe if you need another option. This is perfect for holidays.

ingredients for recipe: potatoes, seasoning, butter, milk

Ingredients for homemade mashed potatoes

  • Russet Potatoes
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Salt and pepper
bowl of mashed potatoes with butter

How to make mashed potatoes:

First, wash and peel all of the potatoes.

Second, cut the potatoes into quartered pieces. Then put the potatoes in a large pot and add enough cold water to cover them.

Place the pot of potatoes on the stove. Bring to a boil.

Let the potatoes boil and then simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender.

Then drain the potatoes and place back in the pot.

Now it is time to add the butter, milk, salt and pepper.

Finally, use an electric mixer to blend the potatoes and ingredients all together. Mix until they are light and fluffy.

You can also use a hand masher to mash the potatoes to the consistency that you like.

Enjoy!

bowl of mashed potatoes with butter

Serve warm and enjoy!

Do you have to peel the potatoes?

No, you can peel or not peel them. If you choose not to peel them, wash and scrub the potatoes before boiling.

Can you peel them ahead of time?

Yes, you can. This is great for the holidays or when having company. Peel and dice the potatoes. Then cover them with water and store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before mashing.

How Many Potatoes Per Person:

You want about one potato per person. We used 3 pounds of potatoes which is about 6 large potatoes.

this will feed 6 people.

bowl of mashed potatoes

Leftovers:

Place any leftovers inside an air tight container in the fridge.

They will last up to 4 to 5 days.

Can you Freeze mashed potatoes?

I prefer to enjoy mashed potatoes fresh, however you can freeze mashed potatoes. We do not recommend you freeze raw potatoes, but you can freeze cooked mashed potatoes.

I liked to place my mashed potatoes in a freezer safe baking dish. I like to use a throw away foil pan.

When you are ready to use. Thaw overnight in the fridge. Place tabs of butter over the potatoes and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes until heated through.

If the potatoes are too thick pour some milk into the baking dish and mix together until you get the consistency you like.

How to Reheat Mashed Potatoes

You can use the microwave but I prefer to use the oven. Just put the mashed potatoes in a baking dish and reheat at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until heated through.

Using the oven is nice. Since you are spreading the potatoes into an even layer in the dish you can top it with pieces of butter which helps the potatoes from drying out. I also add more butter and milk before reheating.

Make sure to stir everything to make sure the entire dish is heated.

What to Serve with Homemade Mashed Potatoes

These are just a few ideas. I think mashed potatoes goes with just about anything!

We also like this easy white gravy on mashed potatoes. Yum! I’m convinced that everyone will love these potatoes.

They are the best!

Tips and tricks:

  • Do not Over mix: Be careful to not overmix the potatoes. This will make them gummy instead of fluffy. I learned this the hard way.
  • Cut the potatoes the same size: When boiling the potatoes, it is helpful if they are all the same size. It will help them cook evenly and be ready at the same time.
  • Do not undercook the potatoes. They should be fork tender. Otherwise, your mashed potatoes will not be soft and fluffy.
  • Add more butter – It really is very easy to make this homemade side dish. You can drizzle a little melted butter on top before serving if you prefer.
  • Add other ingredients – Make loaded potatoes by adding sour cream and cream cheese. This is also a great way to use leftovers.

Variation ideas

  • Change the Potatoes: We used regular russet potatoes in this recipe. However, yukon gold potatoes or baby red potatoes would also be delicious. Honestly, I use whatever potatoes I can find at my local grocery store.
  • Use Heavy whipping cream: The recipe calls for milk, but you can substitute with heavy whipping cream for even creamier mashed potatoes.
  • Use a potato masher: If you want a chunkier mashed potatoes, use a hand potato masher instead of a hand mixer. Either way you will get the perfect mashed potatoes to your consistency.
  • Add minced garlic – Garlic is amazing in mashed potatoes and adds an extra bump of flavor.
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Homemade Mashed Potatoes

5 from 4 votes
These homemade mashed potatoes are creamy and delicious. With just a few easy steps, your family can enjoy mashed potatoes from scratch.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 255
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs Russet Potatoes
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper

Instructions

  • Clean and peel the potatoes. Then quarter them.
  • Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender.
  • Drain the potatoes and then return them back to the pot.
  • Then add in the butter, milk, salt and pepper. Use an electric mixer to blend the potatoes until they are light and fluffy or use a hand masher to mash them to the consistency that you prefer.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 255kcal, Carbohydrates 32g, Protein 5g, Fat 13g, Saturated Fat 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 34mg, Sodium 268mg, Potassium 756mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 407IU, Vitamin C 10mg, Calcium 61mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. I am asked to bring mashed potatoes to every holiday gathering. When I make mine I warm the milk up just slightly before pouring it in and I use softened garden vegetable cream cheese instead of butter. So delicious @