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Mom's Perfect Mashed Potatoes

This is my mom's PERFECT Mashed Potatoes recipe. It is the BEST side dish you'll ever meet and it goes great with any meal, any time of the year.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how do i make perfect mashed potatoes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 356kcal
Author: Megan Porta


  • 6 medium red potatoes or 10 baby reds, cubed
  • 4 cloves garlic quartered
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp 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 over mash 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.


Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 430mg | Potassium: 1010mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 741IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg