Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe + Video
These buttery smooth mashed potatoes are our go-to potato side dish recipe for every dinner and holiday gathering. They are everyone’s favorite potatoes!
Mashed potatoes always make an appearance in Sunday dinners and holiday meals. They’re usually accompanied by more favorite side dishes like glazed carrots, mung bean buns, and of course, homemade rolls!
Favorite Homemade Mashed Potatoes
There’s nothing better in life than creamy mashed potatoes (name a better side dish – dare I!)
Mashed potatoes are the signature food in my life. I have many fond memories of eating mashed potatoes with my family around the table.
Today’s recipe is our classic homemade mashed potatoes, but we also love our cheesy mashed potatoes casserole and slow cooker mashed potatoes.
All you need to make these potatoes is a good masher, lots of butter/salt/pepper and hot cooked potatoes. Then you’re halfway there.
How to Make Mashed Potatoes
Potatoes, in general, are our favorite! ! Making this recipe is easier than you might think. This recipe calls for 5 pounds of potatoes and feeds about 10 people!
Prepare potatoes. Make sure to wash, peel and dice the potatoes before starting.
Which potatoes are best for mashed potatoes?
You want to use potatoes with a higher starch content, such as tan or Yukon Golds. They make the fluffiest, smoothest mashed potatoes and absorb seasonings better than other varieties.
Sweet or white potato varieties are more waxy and usually require more work and mashing to become creamy.
boil. Put the sliced potatoes in a large pot. Add enough water to the pot to cover the potatoes. Bring the water to a boil, then let the water cook until the potatoes are fork tender (about 20-25 minutes). Stick them together with a fork to see if they are ready.
Add ingredients. Drain the water from the pot. Add cream cheese, butter, cream and salt. If cream cheese scares you, I promise you won’t even be able to taste the cream cheese in this recipe. It just adds flavor and creaminess.
mix. Mix all ingredients together using a hand mixer. Keep blending until it’s as smooth as you want it to be. (I prefer smooth without lumps!) Add a pinch of salt and pepper and you’ll easily fall in love with this creamy mashed potato recipe.
Serve. Add a few extra slices of butter on top before serving, as a little extra is always a good idea. Enjoy the last bite!
How to Serve + Store Mashed Potatoes
How many potatoes should I prepare per person? You should plan on about ½ lb per guest, so a 5 lb bag should feed 10 people.
- Quick Service Guide
- 10 people – 5 lbs
- 20 people – 10 lbs
- 25 people – 12.5 lbs
- 40 people – 20 lbs
- 100 people – 50 lbs
To keep potatoes warm when serving, here’s a simple trick: Butter your slow cooker and add a few tablespoons of whipped cream. Keep the slow cooker on low and transfer the potatoes to it – let sit there for up to 4 hours, stirring before serving.
leftover mashed potatoes;
Stored properly in the refrigerator, these will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.
As long as your potatoes have enough butter and cream, They are great for freezing. We recommend placing them in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag and laying flat (it’s easier to store and reheat).
How to reheat mashed potatoes:
- Microwave – The easiest and fastest way to reheat them is to place them in a covered dish and heat them in the microwave on half power for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Stovetop – Let the potatoes thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then place in a large pot over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally until heated through.
- Slow Cooker – Thaw potatoes in the refrigerator overnight, then heat on low for 2-4 hours.
For all of these, add butter or dairy (sour cream or cream cheese) and extra seasoning, if desired.
Kids and adults alike will go crazy for these easy and delicious homemade mashed potatoes. We grew up loving this recipe and hope you love them as much as we do!
For more mashed potato recipes, check out:
For more potato side dishes, check out:
More Favorites: Side Dishes, Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Course Side Dishes
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Calories 292 kcal
by Lil’ Luna
- 5 pounds potatoes, washed, peeled, and diced
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 1/2 cup salted butter
- 1/2 cup whipped cream
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Put the sliced potatoes in a large pot. Add water to the pot and cover the potatoes. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender (about 20-25 minutes).
Drain and add cream cheese, butter, cream and salt. Using a hand mixer, blend all ingredients together until desired consistency. Season with more salt and pepper.