Photo: Dasha Wright Ewing
6 servings

These classic mashed potatoes are the perfect side for both quick weeknight dinners and fancy holiday spreads.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place the potatoes in a large saucepan with enough lightly salted water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 12 to 15 minutes or until the potatoes feel tender when pierced with a wooden skewer. Drain and return to pan.

Step 2

Shake over low heat to dry slightly. Using an electric mixer (never a food processor, which makes potatoes gluey), beat the potatoes until smooth. Add the butter in small pieces with the salt and pepper and beat until melted. Add the milk, 1/4 cup at a time, beating until smooth.

Step 3

If you want to add some variety to your mashed potatoes, mix in any of the following: 3 tablespoons pesto; 4-ounces soft goat cheese and 2 tablespoons minced scallions; 1 head Roasted Garlic; 6 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, minced; 1/2 pound kale or cabbage, cooked and chopped, and 1 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped horseradish.

Ratings & Reviews

JenniferCooks's Review

February 16, 2014
Mashed potatoes is one of those things that shouldn't require a recipe, but yet I can never remember what kind of potatoes to get, or how long to boil, etc., so it's nice to have this one on hand. I just made a dairy free version by using bacon drippings instead of butter, and chicken broth instead of milk. I added one head of roasted garlic, and these are great!

daddycooks45's Review

February 21, 2013
Recipe is fairly quick and easy and my family loves them. Makes a nice amount of potatoes and what doesn't get eaten the first night is usually taken care of the next day, I never end up having to throw any out.

dwrona's Review

February 05, 2013
The mashed potatoes were easy to make and they tasted great. I am looking forward to trying a few of the suggested variations.

Cslaymaker22's Review

December 19, 2012
I thought that they turned out to be really good.

Twaddle's Review

December 19, 2012
Homemade mashed potatoes are the best!

Haleydudleyy's Review

November 16, 2012
They tasted really good.

foxegurl266's Review

November 30, 2010
Best mashed potatoes I've made. Wished I'd used this for Thanksgiving.