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Perfect Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Simple, foolproof, creamy classic mashed potatoes recipe. This is a classic side dish that everyone will love!
I am pretty sure I grew up on a steady diet of mashed potatoes. Every single Sunday after church, we sat down for a meal of roast, mashed potatoes, and gravy. I still remember helping my Mom peel the potatoes every Sunday with the peeler she probably had for 40 years. My brother, Ryan, loved her mashed potatoes so much that he literally filled a dinner plate with them. These perfectly creamy mashed potatoes remind me of home!
What ingredients are in Perfect Mashed Potatoes?
It all starts with using only 5 fresh ingredients — Potatoes, Creamy Salted Butter, Half-n-Half or Whole Milk, Sour Cream, and Salt. The butter gives a rich, creamy, salty flavor while the sour cream keeps them moist and creamy.
What type of potato to use in Mashed Potatoes?
The star of the show is definitely the potatoes so choosing the best kind of potato will make a huge difference in the final product. When I am making homemade mashed potatoes, my favorite potatoes are Yukon Gold. It makes rich creamy mashed potatoes because it has a buttery texture. I found that I can even leave some of the skins on since even the peels are thinner than a russet potato. You can also use red potatoes and leave some of the skins on for rustic mashed potatoes.
How to make mashed potatoes creamy?
The key is to heat the butter and half-n-half together before adding to the potatoes. If you add the cold ingredients, the potatoes may end up with a gummy texture. By adding warm butter and milk to the warm cooked potatoes, it keeps them at an optimal temperature for creaming. This is an extra step that adds a few minutes but makes a big difference.
Sour Cream is a game changer in these Creamy Mashed Potatoes. My family has a HUGE Thanksgiving feast and we make extra so we can eat leftovers later. We found that no one was eating the mashed potatoes because once they were placed in the refrigerator, they completely dried up. I found that by adding some sour cream to my mashed potatoes, they stay creamy and reheat perfectly.
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Perfect Creamy Mashed Potatoes
- 3 lbs. Yukon Gold Potatoes (peeled and cut into pieces)
- 1/2 cup Salted Butter
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups Half-n-Half, Whole Milk, or Heavy Cream
- 1/2 cup Sour Cream (regular, full-fat)
- 2 teaspoons Salt (or more to taste)
- Peel potatoes and cut into large pieces. Place in a large pot and cover with water and sprinkle with 1 Tablespoon of Salt. Bring to a boil. Once the potatoes reach a boil, lower the heat to low and cover. Cook for 25-35 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain.
- In a small saucepan, heat the butter and 1 cup of half-n-half until butter is melted and warm, about 5 minutes. This can also be done in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl. If using a microwave, heat for 1 minute or until the butter is melted.
- Use a potato ricer or potato masher or put potatoes into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attatchment and mix them for 30 seconds to break up the potatoes.
- Slowly add butter and cream mixture, mixing at the lowest speed. Fold in sour cream, and salt. If you want the potatoes to be creamier, use the remaining 1/2 cup of half-n-half, milk, or cream. Taste and season more if necessary.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
I hope you love these homemade mashed potatoes recipe, my friends!