Creamy Mashed Potatoes is comfort food at it’s simplest. This is a very basic recipe. I usually spruce up my potatoes a little more, but I always start with this basic formula.
Now these potatoes are not the healthiest, but if you use some substitutions you can cut down the calories quite a bit (I will include the substations in the “notes” section of the recipe).
Yummy creaminess… I usually add Roasted Garlic to my potatoes. I like roasted garlic in just about everything.Print
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Creamy Mashed Potatoes are a classic side dish. Everyone should know this basic recipe. You can make several variations from this simple recipe.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 25 mins
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Cuisine: Side
- 5 potatoes, peeled and cut in half
- 8 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 8 Tablespoon butter, melted
- ½ cup milk
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Place the halved potatoes, 8 cups of water, and 1 teaspoon of salt in a medium pot on the stove. Bring the water to a boil. Boil the potatoes for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender (time varies depending on how big the potatoes are).
- Once the potatoes are finished turn of the burner, and strain out the water by dumping the potatoes into a colander. Place the empty pot back on the hot burner. Then place the cooked potatoes back in the pot. Let the potatoes sit for 1-2 minutes. By placing them back into a hot pot, most of the water soaked into the potatoes will evaporate.
- Add the melted butter, milk, salt and pepper to the potatoes, and mash everything together until smooth. You can add more slat and pepper to taste.
For a lighter version cut the butter in half, and just use 4 Tablespoons. Also, use 2% milk instead of whole milk.