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This homemade mashed potatoes recipe can be used to make mashed potatoes for a weeknight dinner or doubled to feed a crowd at a holiday get-together. Mashed potatoes are just one of those side dishes you have to learn how to make from scratch. There is no box out there that will ever come close to homemade. Not only is this recipe incredibly simple to make but it is also deliciously nutritious.
The Easiest Way to Peel a Bunch of Potatoes
Depending on how many people you are planning to feed, there is a pretty good chance that you might be peeling a lot of potatoes at once. For example this recipe calls for 10 small to medium sized potatoes. That is a lot of potatoes to peel. So how do you make this task easier?
For one, get a good peeler if you are going to be doing this task by hand. If you plan on peeling a lot more potatoes or make mashed potatoes frequently, I think the peeler attachment for the KitchenAid mixer is worth the investment.
The Best Homemade Mashed Potatoes Recipe
- 10 small-medium Russet Potatoes peeled, cubed
- 1/2 tbsp salt
- 1 stick salted butter
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- salt and pepper to taste
- (optional) parsley for garnish
- Fill pot with water until you just barely cover the potatoes.
- Place pot onto the stove and turn on high. Wait until water begins to boil.
- Once boiling reduce heat to medium-low. Allow to cook 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes can be cut easily with a fork. The length of cooking time will depend on how big your cubes of potatoes are.
- Once potatoes are cooked thoroughly. Remove from heat and strain in a colandar in the sink. Let potatoes sit in the colandar undisturbed for 5 minutes to allow all excess water to drain away.
- After 5 minutes, place potatoes into a large mixing bowl. This could be a mixing bowl attachment for your stand mixer or just a regular glass mixing bowl.
- Add 5 tbsp of butter to the potatoes and heaving whipping cream.
- With the paddle attachment on your stand mixer mix the potatoes until smooth on low speed. Scrape the sides every so often to get rid of any lumps.Alternatively, if you do not have a stand mixer, you can use a hand mixer to mix the potatoes, butter, and heavy whipping cream in the same manner.
- Mix in any additional salt or pepper to your preferred taste.
- Transfer mashed potatoes to a serving dish. Top with remaining 3 tbsp of butter and garnish with dried parsley (optional).
The Secret to Deliciously Creamy Mashed Potatoes
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a lot of upper body strength to be mashing potatoes by hand. I’ve never physically mashed potatoes. In my family we have always used an electric hand mixer to whip our mashed potatoes into a creamy consistency.
When I got a KitchenAid stand mixer, I ditched the electric hand mixer and began making my mashed potatoes in the mixer itself just using the basic paddle attachment. Both the hand mixer and stand mixer yield creamy, delicious mashed potatoes every time.
My son loves mash potatoes. I will have him make this recipe soon.
Thank you for this! I will try it out. The last recipe I tried had barely any flavor.
Oh man, there’s nothing better than great homemade mashed potatoes. Perfect for fall!
This cooler weather has me thinking about comfort food lately! I would love to make a big batch of this. Perfect time to have leftovers on hand.
Nothing is more comforting to eat than a big pile of mashed potatoes! I love how simple this recipe is too. I normally use red potatoes so I’d like to switch it up and try Russets!
It looks like you have explained one of the easiest ways of mashing potatoes. Thanks for this.
We love making homemade mashed potatoes. Haven’t tried putting whipping cream though. Will do that next time!
Oh my! This looks absolutely delicious and tasty! Can’t wait to try this recipe! My family would love this for sure!
These mashed potatoes look really good and creamy! I like a little bit more texture to mine but I’d definitely give this recipe a try!
My husband loves mashed potato. I’ve not made it in ages. Not tried it with whipping cream before. That sounds great.
Mashed potatoes is always a hit in out house! This one is a must make recipe!
This is very similar to the mashed potatoes I already make.
Mashed potatoes are only good to me if they’re homemade. And boy are the homemade ones SO good.
These look so good – I want to dive into them and eat my way out. I like the idea of the whipping cream.
My husband loves mashed potatoes big time. I would love to make this for him. Looks good!
Such an easy and delicious recipe! Love mashed potatoes, but gotta try this creamy version ?.
Haven’t made any potato dish for the longest time! My daughter would love this, and she would enjoy trying out your recipe. Thank you for sharing!