Best Mashed Potato
Recipe from Scratch

This mashed potato recipe produces perfect mashed potatoes. You may use red potatoes, Yukon golds, or Idaho; my favorite for mashed potatoes is russets. Whatever kind you use, it will be delicious.

Learn how to make mashed potatoes using my easy instructions, and you can have picture perfect whipped potatoes in no time. Let's get started. A wonderful comfort food and side dish any time of the year.

Mashed Potato Recipe

Mashed Potato Recipe


2 lbs russet potatoes - washed, peeled and quartered
1/2 tsp salt
4 TBS cold butter, chopped
3/4 cup half-and-half, or heavy cream, warmed
salt and pepper to taste

Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Add the salt and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer approximately 15 minutes. When you can easily poke through them - drain well and place back in the hot pan so the water on the potatoes can evaporate. After a couple minutes transfer to a bowl.

Following are some mashed potato combinations from Good Housekeeping.


1 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
2 TBS snipped chives
4 cups mashed potatoes

Fold in the cheese and chives into the mashed potatoes until well mixed.


3 strips crumbled cooked bacon
1-1/2 TBS prepared horseradish
1-1/2 TBS chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
4 cups mashed potatoes

Fold in the bacon, horseradish and parsley into the mashed potatoes until well mixed.


1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1/3 cup sour cream
1 TBS chopped chipotles in adobo
4 cups mashed potatoes

Fold in corn, sour cream and chipotles into mashed potatoes until well mixed.


2 TBS chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
4 cups mashed potatoes

Fold in basil, cheese and garlic into mashed potato until well mixed.

Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potato Patties

In the bowl, place the chopped butter on the hot potatoes and mash using a potato masher until you have small chunks. Add the half-and-half and finish mashing until desired consistency is desired. You may also use a mixer for this step.

For Whipped Potatoes, just add a little more half-and-half.  Don't whip them too much or they will be gluey.

For a change, why not make Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes? Just add 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese.

Now the next recipe is a mashed potato recipe, but uses sweet potatoes.  Enjoy, it's excellent.

Homemade Sweet Potato Souffle Recipe

Sweet Potato Souffle Recipe

4 lbs peeled sweet potatoes, steamed and pureed
2/3 cup melted butter
7 eggs
1-1/4 cups evaporated milk
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt


1/4 cup flour
2 TBS melted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup pecan pieces

PREHEAT oven to 300 degrees and grease 9x13 inch pan.

Place sweet potatoes in a large mixing bowl, whip until smooth.  Add butter, eggs and milk.  Mix thoroughly; add sugar and salt.  Mix thoroughly again. 

Put in prepared pan and top with pecan topping that has been mixed together.   Bake for 1-1/2 hours.

Note:  To make this recipe gluten-free, use rice flour instead of wheat flour.  

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