How to Make Mashed Potatoes
With a little help from butter and cream cheese—and Betty Crocker—you’ll have rave-worthy potatoes on your table in no time.
Nothing beats a warm bowl of homemade mashed potatoes—it’s one of our favorite comfort foods to make for ourselves and others. Luckily, you don’t need to spend a ton of time in the kitchen to whip up a bowl of velvety, butter-topped mashed potatoes tonight! Our recipe is as easy as cut, peel, boil and mash—and our secret ingredient (a little bit of cream cheese) makes these spuds extra rich, creamy and drool-worthy.
To make mashed potatoes, you’ll only need a few other pantry staples besides your spuds. We also recommend a potato masher; if you don’t have one, you can use a pastry cutter or fork, but using a potato masher is definitely the easiest way. They are in expensive and are easy to find anywhere that sells cookware.
Health Benefits of Potatoes
It may surprise you to learn that the humble spud is actually a source of many vitamins and minerals. Homemade mashed potatoes are a quality source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and potassium.
They’re also low in saturated fat and cholesterol. So while a heaping bowl of mashed potatoes may not earn a spot at every dinner, a homemade batch every once in a while is a comforting indulgence we’re happy to prepare.
How to Prepare Potatoes
Now that you’ve found the perfect potato variety for you, it’s time to properly prepare your spuds to be mashed!
First, wash your potatoes thoroughly to remove dirt and debris. Rinse them in cold water and be sure to scrub off all the dirt—potatoes come from the ground, after all, so they don’t arrive at your grocer squeaky clean.
Next, peel and slice your potatoes into large slices, about 1 ½ inches thick. We recommend using a pairing knife or even an apple slicer to slice your potatoes.
When you’re ready, add your potatoes to your pot of water. It will help your potatoes cook faster if you pre-salt the water—just like you would pasta.
How to Make Mashed Potatoes
What you’ll need:
- Ingredients for Velvet Mashed Potatoes
- Large bowl
- Potato masher
1. Add 12 potatoes, cut and peeled, to boiling water. Cook 20-25 minutes or until tender. Drain. Shake pan with potatoes over low heat to dry.
Once your potatoes are mashed, the fun has just begun! Top your potatoes with a range of cheeses, veggies, or gravy to make ultra-delicious spuds your family will devour. Here are just some of the toppers we like to include on our potatoes:
- Foolproof Turkey Gravy
- A handful of chopped parsley
- Extra butter
- A dollop of sour cream
- Shredded cheese
- Bacon bits
Be sure to check out some of our favorite mashed potato recipes:
What Do I Do With Leftover Mashed Potatoes?
Leftover mashed potatoes are easy to store and reheat for later. Refrigerate in a covered, airtight container and they should keep for up to five days. If you don’t plan on eating them anytime soon, you can also freeze them for up to three months in your freezer.
When it’s time to reheat your mashed potatoes, use some extra butter to re-moisten them before popping them in the microwave or reheating in a double broiler on the stove. You can also add a tablespoon of olive oil instead of butter to remoisten your spuds.
What’s your favorite way to make mashed potatoes? Do you have a favorite family recipe you turn to again and again? Let us know in the comments section below!