Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Easy Creamy Mashed Potatoes are a must have in any kitchen arsenal. This mashed potatoes recipe requires just 3 ingredients and gives you the creamiest, dreamiest mashed potatoes.

For those of you that don’t know,  I am a HUGE mashed potato fan. I could seriously eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When I was a kid, instead of reaching for cookies or potato chips when I wanted a snack, my best friend and I would make mashed potatoes and gravy. Back then we were making boxed mashed potatoes and a packet of gravy.

Now that I have grown up a bit I forgo the box and prefer to make my own. This creamy mashed potatoes recipe is the result.

Easy Creamy Mashed Potatoes are a must have in any kitchen arsenal. This mashed potatoes recipe requires just 3 ingredients and gives you the creamiest, dreamiest mashed potatoes.

How do you make the perfect mashed potatoes?

Ahhh yes, the age old question. I mean, when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner or around here, Wednesday, perfect potatoes are essential.

If you are looking for some tips, I’ve got a few that work well for me:

Tip #1: The potato. When you’re making traditional mashed potatoes, russet potatoes are the best to use, in my opinion. The high starch content makes them excellent for mashing.

Tip #2: Simple. The perfect potatoes have a few simple ingredients: potatoes, half and half (or cream), butter, salt and pepper.

Tip #3: DON’T BE AFRAID OF BUTTER. When you are making this recipe butter is your friend. And I’m talking real butter. Not margarine. BUTTER. Salted if you have it but unsalted will do.

Tip #4: The consistency. To get the creamiest potatoes you’ll want to use a handheld mixer. Using one will give you a smooth, creamy texture. If your idea of perfect potatoes are a little chunkier, simply use a potato masher. Both are great options.

As mentioned in tip #2. I use simple ingredients for this mashed potato recipe. real butter, half and half and salt and pepper. And for me, I prefer creamier potatoes so this recipe calls for using a hand mixer to whip the potatoes until they are creamy and smooth. Try it at least once, you won’t regret it.

If you are looking for gravy to top this creamy deliciousness, my recipe for homemade gravy is perfection.  Or even better, make yourself some buttermilk fried chicken with pan gravy  or meatloaf with mushroom gravy to serve with these.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 2 pounds russet potatoes (about 5 potatoes), peeled and cut into cubes
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • salt and pepper to taste



In a large saucepan, add enough water to cover the potatoes. Boil potatoes until a fork can be inserted and removed easily. Strain.


Return the potatoes to the pan or a mixing bowl. Add the butter, half and half and salt and pepper. Whip with a hand held mixer until smooth about 3-4 minutes.


I know, you dont think that it could possibly be that easy to make the creamiest, yummiest mashed potatoes ever, but trust me, these mashed potatoes are so good that I didn't even need gravy. Enjoy!

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    November 25, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Great meal 4 all

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    Mark Amero
    June 14, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Alone they are wonderful! 1/2 TSB of horseradish and they become an addiction.

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    March 9, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Thanks Rosa!
    The Craving Chronicles- You know I think my mom does that, and it does add a great tang to it :) If your having mashed potatoes for lunch you know it’s a good day!

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    The Craving Chronicles
    March 6, 2009 at 8:00 am

    I loved mashed potatoes too! I’ve made them like this for years, but I only discovered recently that the addition of sour cream adds a tang that I really love. I’m glad I’ve got some mashed potatoes for lunch today :)

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    March 5, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    These mashed potatoes look delicious! That’s a hearty dish I love…