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Easy, Delicious Creamy Mashed Potato Recipe

Updated on December 1, 2015

Who doesn't like mashed potatoes? Ok, maybe there are some, but I'm not one of them! I recently published a recipe for easy pork chops with creamy mushroom gravy, in which I mentioned I would be writing this hub to go along with it. Voila! One creamy mashed potato recipe at your disposal.

There's nothing like a pile of super amazing, soothingly creamy, warm mashed potatoes to make any dish into the perfect comfort food. They could be on top of Shepherd's Pie, some sort of casserole, or simply a yummy pile of them as a side to whatever you're eating. Cover them in gravy and you've got yourself a side that I'd eat as a main dish.

If you've read some of my other recipe hubs you may start to notice a trend. My love for cooking stems from my lack of taste-full experiences as a child. Growing up my mashed potatoes were exactly that. Potatoes - mashed, nothing added. While I do absolutely love plain food the way nature intended it, variety turns food into fun. So here is the recipe for creamy mashed potatoes for your fun, cooking enjoyment.



4 - 5 potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks

3 large, rounded T of butter (not the measuring spoon, the silverware spoon)

1 large, rounded (heaping) T of sour cream (again with the silverware spoon)

1/8 c of cream or milk (the thicker the better. If you have whipping cream (30-36% MF) it's your best choice)

salt to taste

The Method

Fill a medium - large sized pot 1/2 way with water, and bring to a boil

Put the chopped potatoes into the boiling water

Boil until tender (test with a fork)

Remove from the stove, drain and place back in the pot

Add the butter, and with a potato masher (or electric mixer for whipped potatoes) mash the potatoes and the butter very well

Add the sour cream and mash (or beat) again, this time mashing a few times, then stirring (sounds weird but yes, stirring) with the potato masher, and repeating this until everything is well blended

Add the cream or milk and repeat the mashing and stirring (or beating) until you reach your desired consistency

Add the salt (usually about 1/8 of a teaspoon - the measuring spoon) to taste

But Wait - There's More!

This potato recipe is fully customizable. So for those of you who are craving something specific to go along with your dish, here are a few suggestions for what you could add:

- pepper

- 1 clove of garlic, crushed or minced

- 1/4 t of garlic powder

- 1/4 t of onion powder

- parsely

- dash of thyme

- cook the potatoes in a 1:3 mixture of chicken or beef broth, and water

- replace the sour cream with plain cream cheese

- add 1 T of Romano or Parmesan cheese

- add any combination of dashes of spices and herbs you might like

- add onion soup mix

I wouldn't recommend combining all of those suggestions at once, but if you want to spice up your potatoes those are definitely a few ways to go about it. If not, you can't go wrong sticking with the classic recipe.

Voila! Creamy mashed potatoes for all of your culinary needs.


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      Rohit 3 years ago

      (Finally getting anruod to commenting after enjoying your blog for a while )I'm not excited by standard potato salads either, but the new red potatoes at the Ann Arbor farmer's market are so appealing I decided to experiment. I adapted the recipe below from the yogurt salad dressing in _The New Laurel's Kitchen_, p. 132. (I substituted lime juice for lemon and added the cilantro and garlic.) I cut the potatoes into small pieces, trimmed but didn't peel them, and boiled them, then dressed them while they were warm. You could substitute other herbs in the dressing, or enliven the potato salad with whatever other vegetables would knock your socks off. The dressing in this recipe was enough for probably 1-1/2 to 2 lbs. of potatoes. (Forgot to weigh them before cooking )Dressing:1/2 c. lowfat plain yogurt2 T. olive oil1 T. lime juice1 clove garlicsalt (somewhere between 1/8 and 1/4 tsp.)freshly ground black peppergenerous handful of chopped cilantroMix dressing with a fork till smooth.Hope this is useful!

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      L a d y f a c e 6 years ago from Canada

      I've never had red potatoes :O

      This I must try.

      Thank you! :)

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      danielleantosz 6 years ago from Florida

      Very close to my dad's recipe! So delicious. I like to use red potatoes instead, which allows you to skip the tedious peeling part. Great hub!

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      Hendrika 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Very interesting mashed potato recipe. I always add butter and milk, but have never added sour cream or cream. I am going to try it next time I make mashed potatoes.

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      Mrs asif 7 years ago

      Fabulous.I am starving umm.thanks for sharing

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      L a d y f a c e 7 years ago from Canada

      You know, I think it might taste good if you did put everything in. It's just that some herbs and spices don't really work that well together, or over power others. There can be such a thing as too much herb/spice flavor.

      Glad you like the recipe! :)

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      telltale 7 years ago

      I just wonder, if so many different types of herbs and cheese being put into the recipe, how can it go wrong? Have not actually done mashed potatoes before, and might just experiment it abit with your main stream recipe with options put in.. and let's see how it will turn out for me... :) Thanks for the hub!

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      well, since I do everything (when I do cook) by the seat of my pants, I add the mix and then touch up with sour cream when needed.

      Pretty tasty.

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      L a d y f a c e 7 years ago from Canada

      What? What are you talking about? It was there all along.. .... :p

      I've actually never tried it so didn't think to include it. Thanks for the suggestion! Along with adding it, I think I'll try it soon. Do you add something else with it to compensate for moisture loss, or is good just by adding the mix?

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      Great recipe and a wonderful writing style. I don't believe I saw onion soup mix as part of your customizable list. :)

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      L a d y f a c e 7 years ago from Canada

      Thank you kindly, Healing Touch. I certainly will check out the recipes of a fellow foodie!

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      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN


      Ahh, you and I both have the love of cooking. I am a foodie, so please check out my recipes. I am voting this up and awesome and bookmarking it. Thanks

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      L a d y f a c e 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks you all for your comments :) Mashed potatoes are the best.

      @Jeremey: lol thank you.

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      Jeremey 7 years ago from Arizona

      I had to read this recipe on an empty stomach didn't I! I believe in the future recipes you post a "warning- do not read on empty stomach" disclaimer should be posted! lol.

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      Road Trip Amy 7 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Yum, yum, yum! Mashed potatoes are my FAVORITE food, and I will be trying your recipe ASAP. Great hub! Welcome to HP!

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      schoolgirlforreal 7 years ago

      Sounds delicious Ladyface, absolutely yummy. Gotta have mashed potatoes!

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      L a d y f a c e 7 years ago from Canada

      Wonderful! Glad you like it :)

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      Naomi Rose Welty 7 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Sounds great -- now I wish I had some potatoes to cook! Since you have a lot of recipes posted, I'm definitely going to follow you. :^}