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Everyone who has tried making this amazing Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe has excelled at it. It is so easy that you will never go wrong with it. The result is creamy, buttery, fluffy, and super yummy!
With 5 ingredients and one pot only, you can make a satisfying bowl of mashed potatoes that melt in your mouth. Prepare some potatoes, milk, butter, cream cheese, and salt, and let’s get started. It will come out perfectly creamy every time!
Buttery, Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Customize your Mashed Potatoes Bowl
Creamy mashed potatoes are not only easy to make, but you can also add your own tweaks each time to get a super delicious bowl.
You can boil a couple of garlic cloves with the potatoes or roast them in the oven. Then, mash them with the potatoes for an extra garlicky flavor.
You can mix some chopped chives or chopped green onions into your bowl or use them for garnish. They add extra color and flavor to your mashed potatoes.
For cheese fans, you can load your bowl of mashed potatoes with shredded cheddar, mozzarella, or a mix of both.
If you like to add a spicy kick, you can add some sliced jalapenos or sprinkle some red chili pepper. Enjoy the heat!
If you are vegan or following a dairy free diet, you can use vegan butter, almond milk, and vegan cream cheese. How easy!
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What to Serve with Mashed Potatoes
Are you celebrating Thanksgiving? Are you planning a holiday meal? Then, you have to enrich your dinner table with a large bowl of delicious mashed potatoes.
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Make Ahead, Store, and Freeze
A mashed potatoes dish is perfect any time. So, why not keep some ready to serve whenever you need something satisfying?
Well, you can prepare the mashed potatoes ahead of time. Then, keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple of days.
Do you want to keep it for longer? Allow them to cool completely, then scoop them into a zip lock or freezer bag and store it in the freezer for around a month. It is better to press flat the bags so it thaws quickly when needed.
Don’t worry about reheating your mashed potatoes. You can grease a saucepan, and put the mashed potatoes with a tablespoon of milk. Place the pan on the stove stirring occasionally until the potatoes heat through.
A quicker way is to reheat mashed potatoes in the microwave. Place the bowl inside with a tablespoon of milk. Stir it one or two times while reheating for best result.
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Tips and Tricks
You can never go wrong with a mashed potato recipe. But here are some tips to perfect your meal.
For ultimate taste, it is better to use a hand masher for the creamiest potatoes. If you use a food processor or a stand mixer, it will break down the starches and their texture will not be the same.
Heat the dairy you use in a saucepan or in the microwave before adding them to the potatoes. It will keep the potatoes hot and allow them to absorb better.
Add the heavy cream or whole milk a little at a time and mix till you get the perfect consistency.
If the potatoes are large, you can cut them into quarters before boiling them. Large potatoes may cook unevenly. To know if they are ready, just poke one with a fork or a knife. They are cooked when they get a tender texture.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yukon gold works too but they’re more buttery and not quite as starchy.
If you are using Russet potatoes or Idaho potatoes, then you must peel them because they have tough skin. If you decide to use Yukon gold, you can keep the skin on for a bit of texture.
You can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days and reheat them upon eating. You can mix them with some cheese, turn them into patties or balls, and fry them.
Well, yes you can. You will need less boiling time for the potatoes to be ready.
Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Creamy Mashed Potatoes are not just comforting but they are good for the soul! This recipe is for classic mashed potatoes so there are no additions of cheeses or exotic spices.
You’ll never need another mashed potato recipe again! Here’s what you need.
Potatoes: The best kind for mashed potatoes are starchy potatoes. Russet or Idaho potato are perfect options.
Butter: Don’t skimp on butter for this recipe. Add real butter to your potatoes, and be generous to get an extra buttery texture. You can use salted or unsalted butter, they both work!
Heavy cream: I use heavy cream when there is an occasion and you really want to nail the recipe! You can also use whole milk if you have it on hand. It is better to heat the milk before adding it to the potatoes for best results.
Cream cheese: It adds a great creamy texture with a slight cheese taste.
Salt and pepper: These are simple ingredients that create harmony in your meal and enhance the flavors.
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Creamy Mashed Potatoes
- 8 large russet potatoes, peeled
- 1 cup heavy cream or whole milk
- ½ stick butter
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- salt to taste
- Peel the potatoes and cut them in half. Then, place them in a large pot filled with salted water.
- Place the pot over high heat and bring the water to a boil. Cover the pan, and then reduce the heat to medium.
- Cook the potatoes until they are fork-tender, about 20-25 minutes.
- Drain the potatoes, then place them back into the empty pot and mash well.
- Add in the softened butter, heavy cream or milk, cream cheese, salt and black pepper over medium-low heat as you continue mashing until whipped. Turn heat off.
- Taste and adjust the salt to your liking. If the mash is not as creamy, add 1/4 cup more heavy cream and mash over low heat until creamy. Serve warm.