The Best Homemade Mashed Potatoes

This is the best mashed potato recipe ever. The only one you will need! They are always creamy and delicious and full of flavor and act as the perfect base if you want to get fancy with some additions. 

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The Best Homemade Mashed Potatoes

It has come to my attention that some of you are still making boxed mashed potatoes. I don't think we can be friends any longer.

Mashed potatoes are the most classic side dish, and they are so easy to make from scratch. This recipe will have you ditching the box and making this tried-and-true recipe.

tips for making the perfect mashed potatoes

Tips for making the perfect mashed potatoes

Cut your potatoes before boiling!

I know, I know, you grew up watching your mom boil the whole potato. You don't need to do this! If you cut your potatoes into cubes, they cook faster and more evenly.

Don't overcook your potatoes!

It's easy to multitask while cooking, but keep an eye on your potatoes. I have a fork handy and stab them as they boil from time to time watching until the fork slips out easily.

Do this before you mix!

I always drain my potatoes into the bowl I'm going to be mixing them in. The warm water from your potatoes warms up the cold mixing bowl helping to keep your potatoes warm as you mix air into them and easily melting the butter.

I also heat my milk for about 30 seconds in the microwave before I add it.

Speaking of butter...

Don't skimp on the butter! I know this recipe calls for 4 tablespoons, but don't be afraid to add more for a really creamy mashed potato!

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The Best Homemade Mashed Potatoes

The Best Homemade Mashed Potatoes

Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 30 M
The best homemade mashed potatoes around! Creamy and delicious!


  • •2 lbs baking potatoes
  • •4 tbsp butter
  • •1 cup milk
  • •salt and pepper (to taste)


  1. Peel the potatoes (if desired) and cut into one-inch chunks
  2. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover completely with water
  3. Boil for about 15 minutes, until the potatoes are mostly tender with a slightly firm center
  4. Drain the potatoes and place in a large mixing bowl
  5. Add the butter and milk
  6. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or electric mixer (depending on desired consistency)
  7. Stir in the salt and pepper
  8. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to two days, reheating in the microwave or the oven on low
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Some mashed potato variations

Add cream cheese for a creamier addition to your mashed potatoes. Use room temperature cream cheese cut into smaller chunks and mix well.

Garlic can add a great pop of flavor. Just 2-3 cloves are enough for a hint of flavor. Use more if you want a more garlic mashed potato flavor.

Other mashed potato toppings include chopped chives or green onions, cracked black pepper, more butter {you can't have enough}, or some finely sliced cheese as a topping.  

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