Not to brag, but this is the best version of homemade ranch mashed potatoes around. The fresh herbs really add some zing to this side and beautifully complement sour cream and buttermilk's tang. For the fluffiest mashed potatoes, place the potatoes back in the pot after draining them and put them on low heat—this will remove any extra and unwanted moisture. This recipe will also work with russet potatoes instead of Yukons or plain yogurt instead of sour cream. Thin out leftover mashed potatoes with a splash of milk or water. 

Anna Theoktisto


Credit: Jen Causey; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

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20 mins
40 mins
Serves 8 (serving size: about 1 cup)


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  • Place potatoes, garlic, and salt in a large saucepan; add water to cover potatoes by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until very tender, about 22 minutes. Drain; return potatoes and garlic to pan.

  • Cook potato mixture over low, stirring constantly, until all water has evaporated, about 3 minutes. Mash using a potato masher. Add buttermilk, sour cream, and butter; mash until potatoes are mostly smooth. Remove from heat.

  • Stir in pepper and 2 tablespoons each of the chives, parsley, and dill. Season with salt. Transfer to a serving dish; sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon each chives, parsley, and dill