Monday, July 20, 2009

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

I tell you what.

There are few things on this planet I would rather eat than a big honkin' bowl of mashed potatoes. I simply love mashed potatoes.

I do not like instant mashed potatoes. I know they're easy. I know they're convenient. And, I know that so many of us grew up on them.

But, friends, if you've never made homemade mashed potatoes - I PROMISE YOU - make them once, and you will NEVER go back to instant, again.

Homemade mashed potatoes are easy. Ridiculously easy. And, they taste SO much better than instant.

Before we get to the recipe, here are a few tips for making easy, perfect mashed potatoes:

1. Buy a good potato peeler. They're cheap - maybe $5-$10. But, having a good one will make peeling potatoes a breeze.

2. Don't undercook your potatoes. Undercooked potatoes won't break down and will be lumpy. Be sure to boil them for the full 20 minutes.

3. Invest in a stand mixer. They're not cheap, but a stand mixer virtually makes mashed potatoes for you. (One of these days, I will have to write a post titled "Ode to my Mixer". Because that thing works harder than I do in the kitchen, and I love it to pieces.)

So, here is my recipe for Creamy Mashed Potatoes. I have made these hundreds of times - literally. And, I've never found another mashed potato recipe I like better.

This recipe is great for babies, toddlers, kiddos, finicky, picky teenagers, deadbeats, celebrities, firemen, the neighbor - I think if everyone had a bowl of creamy, homemade mashed potatoes everyday, we be a much happier planet o' peeps.

And, served with Mom's Roast Beef gravy dribbling over the sides - well, we might stop our fighting and squabbling all together.

This is comfort food.

The end.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes
my own recipe...

2 1/2 pounds russet potatoes
1/4 cup butter
1 to 1 1/2 cups of milk
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon salt

Peel, then chop potatoes into large chunks. Add to medium stockpot and add water to cover potatoes. Place lid on pot and bring to boil.

Once the potatoes reach a boil, boil covered over medium heat for 20 minutes. Remove pot from heat and drain potatoes.

Place butter in the bottom of large mixing bowl and add potatoes on top of butter. Using a stand mixer (or a hand mixer), beat on low until potatoes are mashed. Add milk, sour cream and salt. Beat on medium high until potatoes are smooth, approximately 3 minutes. Add more milk, if necessary, to bring to desired consistency. Serve immediately topped with gravy.

*The sour cream in this recipe is optional. If you don't have it on hand, just add extra milk. But, I love the flavor that sour cream gives these potatoes.


  1. I love mashed potatoes too. Maybe the next time we get together, instead of appetizers we could have mashed potatoes!

  2. Mashed potatoes are my VERY favorite food on this planet.
    My recipe is basically the same as yours but I also add a bit of cream cheese- yum!!

  3. I love you because you said "big honkin' bowl"...

    and because you use sour cream and butter in your tatoes.

    Why do I not make tatoes more often? Not sure.

    Spoil Lauren with your amazing cooking. :)

  4. oh yeah, this sounds delish. Haven't had breakfast yet, and now I'm hungry!

  5. My mouth is watering....good thing I was already planning to make mashed potatoes tonight. :o) They'll be so yummy with the roast I cooked all night long in the crock pot. Can't wait!!!

    I make mine similarly to yours, but I add cream cheese instead of sour cream.

  6. I love mashed potatoes too! When I have leftover cream cheese in the fridge, I add that too. So yummy!!

  7. Sarah, I knew there was a reason I liked you. I am totally a meat and potato girl. I can remember before I was even in school going out to eat with my grandparents and asking at the restaurant if they were real or fake potatoes, b/c I did NOT want the fake stuff!

    I went to the store in search of the cut of meat you suggestion for the roast beef (one of my fav meals) but it wasn't on sale.. hence my returning with pork loin instead.

    Someday soon I hope to make this picture perfect meal!

  8. who could not like mashed potatoes! when i was at uni, my friend and i use to only eat mashed potatoes for sunday lunch at the cafeteria as nothing else looked quite as good!!

  9. I use about the same recipe too except for cream cheese.
    Mashed potatoes - they're on the same "yummy" level as chocolate!

  10. I have to try this! I love mashed potatoes, but I really hate mashing them by hand...I'd never thought to use my mixer!

  11. I have made these potatoes FOUR times this week!! They are incredible and creamy and... amazingly fantastic. I could live off of them, seriously.

  12. WOW!!!! I googled making mashed potatoes with a stand mixer since my hand mixer broke....thank goodness it broke and I found you!!! I just made these and have a bowl here on the table and YUMMMMMM!!!!!! I've never really liked making mashed potatoes at home because they just were so-so, these, however, are AMAZING and I didn't even have sour cream!!!! Thank you sooohoooohooo much!!!! :) :) :)