This is my mom’s perfect Mashed Potato recipe. It is the BEST and goes great with any main dish, any time of year. You’ll never need another mashed potato recipe again!
I talk all the time about how good of a cook my mom is. She is not an extravagant cook by any means and has always used approachable methods and ingredients to make her recipes. Somehow her food contains magic, though, and it’s the reason I believe in mom magic. She and I can make the same recipe with the same ingredients and hers will always taste better.
She made these mashed potatoes a lot growing up and still does today. This recipe has the perfect amount of butter, creaminess and flavor. My mom taught me that red potatoes are always best for a super rich, creamy end result. One of her trademarks is to leave the skins on, but feel free to remove them if that is more your style.
HOW TO MAKE PERFECT HOMEMADE MASHED POTATOES
Cut potatoes (6 medium red or 10 baby red) into chunks and quarter 4 cloves garlic. Place into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cover and cook the potatoes for 15-20 minutes, or until fork tender. Drain.
Pour the potatoes and garlic into a large mixing bowl. Add the following:
1/2 cup butter
4 ounces cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons warm milk
Mash with a potato masher. Serve warm with extra butter, salt and pepper!
Leaving the skins on adds a unique and delicious flavor and texture, but feel free to peel the potatoes first for a creamier end result.
Especially with soft potatoes like red and yukon gold, be careful not to overmash or the texture can become gluey. (No blenders or electric mixers!)
Replace with Russet potatoes if desired, but the flavor will be less buttery.
Add up to 1/4 cup sour cream for an even creamier texture and flavor.
CAN YOU FREEZE MASHED POTATOES
Stir in butter and/or sour cream before freezing in order to retain as much of that fluffy texture as possible. Allow the mashed potatoes to completely cool before freezing. Place in a shallow container in an even layer and wrap tightly with foil. Place into a resealable freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
When you are ready to enjoy, allow the potatoes to thaw in the fridge overnight. Place in a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, adding a small amount of milk and/or sour cream to add moisture. Heat until warmed through.
HOW MANY CALORIES IN MASHED POTATOES
Minus the butter and any other toppings that might get incorporated into your creamy side dish, 1 cup of plain mashed potatoes contains approximately 350 calories.
HOW MANY CARBS IN MASHED POTATOES
Minus the butter and any other toppings that might get incorporated into your creamy side dish, 1 cup of plain mashed potatoes contains approximately 35 grams of carbohydrates.
CAN DOGS EAT MASHED POTATOES
Minus the added ingredients, regular mashed potatoes are completely safe for dogs to consume unless your dog has diabetes.
WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVER MASHED POTATOES
Freeze them! (See note above for freezing instructions.)
Use them to make your next Shepherd’s Pie.
Serve pot roast over top of them.
Throw them into a Thanksgiving Stromboli along with the rest of your leftovers!
WHAT TO PUT IN MASHED POTATOES
My favorite ingredients to mash with potatoes are butter and garlic. Here are a few other delicious options:
Greek yogurt and/or milk
Salt and Pepper
Shredded cheddar or Feta crumbles
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Mom's Perfect Mashed Potatoes
- 6 medium red potatoes or 10 baby reds, cubed
- 4 cloves garlic quartered
- 1/2 cup butter
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Place potatoes and garlic into a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until fork tender. Drain.
- Pour the potatoes and garlic into a large mixing bowl. Add butter, cream cheese, salt, pepper and milk. Mash with a potato masher. Serve warm with extra butter.
- Leaving the skins on adds a unique and delicious flavor and texture, but feel free to peel the potatoes first for a creamier end result.
- Especially with soft potatoes like red and yukon gold, be careful not to overmash or the texture can become gluey. (No blenders or electric mixers!)
- Replace with Russet potatoes if desired, but the flavor will be less buttery.
- Add up to 1/4 cup sour cream for an even creamier texture and flavor.