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    These creamy mashed potatoes are ultra-fluffy, velvety and rich. They have so much richness and flavor – a perfect side dish for any meal.

    Creamy Mashed Potatoes

    Mashed Potatoes

    There are so many ways to make mashed potatoes. Some people use only butter, some only milk, and some like to mash them with the skin on or add garlic and spices. I prefer to peel the potatoes. You can make them more chunky or creamier if that’s how you like them. Today, I am sharing with you a recipe for the creamiest mashed potatoes. They are so delicious and buttery, they melt in your mouth.

    They are great for the holiday table and everybody will be asking for more. If you make them for a holiday like Thanksgiving, you can place them in the slow cooker and keep them warm until they are ready to serve. Also, this recipe is so easy to make, it has only 3 main ingredients. The other ingredients are salt, pepper, and water for boiling.

    Easy Mashed Potatoes Recipe

    How to Make the Best Creamy Mashed Potatoes

    There is a fine line between creamy and gluey mashed potatoes. I have tried several different ways, and here are my tips for the perfect creamy mashed potatoes.

    1. Use Yukon Gold potatoes  –  I found that Yukon gold potatoes were perfect. They are naturally creamier than Russet potatoes and have a slight buttery flavor.
    2. Cut potatoes in large cubes to reduce the cooking time
    3. Rinse the potatoes – rinsing the potatoes before boiling them helps to intensify their creamy texture without making them gluey.
    4. Use lots of butter – I used 3/4 cup of butter (1 1/2 sticks). Soften the butter or add it directly to the hot potatoes, but don’t use melted butter.
    5. Don’t overmix them – mixing or mashing the potatoes for too long will make them gluey.
    6. Use a mixer to whip the potatoes – mashing them with potato masher would not result in the same smooth and creamy potatoes.
    How To Make Mashed Potatoes

    How Many Potatoes Do You Need Per Person

    You will need between 1/2 lb to 3/4 lb of potatoes per person, especially since most people tend to pile up on potatoes. When they are fluffy and creamy, they go fast. If you happen to have any mashed potatoes leftovers, you can always check out some of my other potato recipes: Potato Patties and Easy Skillet Shepherd’s Pie.

    4 people – 3 pounds (6 large potatoes)
    6 people – 4.5 pounds (9 large potatoes)
    12 people – 9 pounds (18 large potatoes)

    If you are wondering how many potatoes you need for 10 people, use about 7.5 lb or 15 potatoes. And adjust the amount accordingly if you are making mashed potatoes for 15, 20 or 30 people.

    Mashed Potatoes

    Potatoes Are Healthy

    While potatoes are not paleo or low-carb, they are healthy because they are a whole food that hasn’t been processed and is rich in nutrients and loaded with vitamins – vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium and they are a good source of fiber. Since potatoes are so good for you, some people are losing weight with the potato diet (eating only potatoes for months). I consider everything healthy that you can plant yourself in your garden and eat right away. Because potatoes are high in carbs, I tend to eat in moderation and not overindulge on potatoes. Even though that can be really hard when they are so good – so creamy and rich.

    Homemade Mashed Potatoes

    How To Make Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes

    While a lot of mashed potatoes recipes call for milk, if you don’t want to use milk, you can substitute it with coconut milk or almond milk.

    What To Serve Mashed Potatoes With

    You can serve mashed potatoes with most types of meat – poultry, beef, pork, lamb. Also, they go great with seafood. Therefore, the options are endless and your creativity is the limit.

    I love to serve mashed potatoes with chicken, beef, and pork. For example, you can serve them with my Pork Tenderloin  or Meatloaf recipe. The result is a heavenly and easy dinner!

    How To Make Homemade Mashed Potatoes

    Wondering how to make mashed potatoes? Check out the recipe below.

    Creamy Mashed Potatoes
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    Creamy Mashed Potatoes

    Best mashed potatoes are fluffy and velvety. They have so much richness and flavor – a perfect side for any meal. How to make mashed potatoes without milk.
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 25 minutes
    Total Time 35 minutes
    Servings 4
    Calories 507kcal



    • Place chopped potatoes in a medium pot, add water and cook on high heat on the stove. When they start boiling, cook for 5 minutes.
    • Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for another 20 minutes.
    • Remove pot from the stove and discard the water. Add butter, milk, salt and black pepper to the potatoes and mix with the mixer on high speed until potatoes are creamy.
    • Serve warm.


    It is not necessary that you completely cover the potatoes with water. 2.5 cups should be enough to cook them if the pot is covered with a lid. Otherwise, if you use too much water, they may turn too watery. 


    Calories: 507kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 1238mg | Potassium: 1261mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1165IU | Vitamin C: 32.3mg | Calcium: 169mg | Iron: 9.2mg
    Course Side Dish
    Cuisine American
    Keyword 4th of July, Christmas, Comfort Food, Easter, Egg-Free, Gluten Free, Nut-Free, Thanksgiving
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    5 stars
    Just made this for dinner! Oh my gosh it’s not making it to the table! Everyone is eating it out of the pot! Including my 5 and 4 year old!

    Nazar Veselovich

    5 stars
    Neli, thanks! Very tasty potatoes turned out. Very cool photos!

    Meghan McMorrow

    5 stars
    Definitely going to be my side dish to bring to the Thanksgiving Day party!


    5 stars
    Girl, you’ve out done yourself! I ADORE all of your recipes and always could not find the right way to make mashed potatoes, either they were way to watery or chunky. Just made this and it’s perfection, this recipe is now my back pocket kinda recipe too! Thanks so much!!


    5 stars
    Nothing more comforting than creamy mashed potatoes! These look amazing!

    Vita Malinova

    5 stars
    Mashed potatoes are such wonderful comfort foods especially in this weather. These look lovely and very inviting. 🙂

    Dara Whitelaw Michalski

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness, this is the most beautiful potato dish I’ve ever seen!

    Veena Azmanov

    5 stars
    This is an awesome lunch recipe, Neli! Can’t wait to prepare such an easy and palatable dish.


    5 stars
    Wow! You made these potatoes look so beautiful and enticing. These may just make an appearance at my table…

    Melissa @Insiderthekitchen.com

    5 stars
    Best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had ? Thank you for the recipe!


    5 stars
    Velvety potato perfection! I can never say no to mashed potatoes! These look divine!

    Vicki | farmhousekitchensandfrenchpears

    5 stars
    Great recipe!

    Paul Newsome

    Creamy mashed potatoes are NOT American cuisine, they are global!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      🙂 I know Paul! My recipe card allows me to pick only one country, there wasn’t an option for ‘global’. 🙂 But I agree with you, they are international cuisine. I will ask the developer to update the cuisine options on the recipe card.
      Anyhow, thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy these creamy mashed potatoes if you try them soon. 🙂

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