Homemade 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 creamy 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 there are so many types of potatoes what should you use? 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. You also want to cut them into uniform pieces so that they all cook together. Adding them to cold water as you chop all the potatoes helps keep them from browning.

How to make the perfect mashed potatoes.

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.

How to make 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. #mashedpotatoes #sidedish #thanksgiving #whippedpotatoes

If you’re looking for a variation on this classic, try mashed roasted garlic mashed red potatoes.

Note: Post originally posted in 2009. Updated with new photos 2018.

Homemade Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:
4.9 based on 7 reviews


  • 2 pounds russet potatoes (about 5 potatoes), peeled and cut into cubes
  • 3 tablespoons 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 2 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!

Nutrition information

Amount per serving: 4 servings
Calories: 299 , Total Fat: 12.4g , Saturated Fat: 7.7g , Cholesterol: 34mg , Sodium: 90mg , Carbohydrates: 43.2g , Fiber: 6.4g , Sugar: 3.1g , Protein: 5.5g

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  • Reply
    November 26, 2019 at 11:34 am

    How many people does this recipe usually feed I have to feed about 14 people should I double the recipe?

    • Reply
      November 26, 2019 at 11:43 am

      Hi Danielle! I would double the recipe!

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    Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert
    September 13, 2018 at 8:28 am

    This sounds amazing! I want to dive into my screen!

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    Katerina @ diethood .com
    September 12, 2018 at 8:07 am

    My family would love these mashed potatoes!! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    September 12, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Mashed potatoes are the ultimate comfort food! These look delicious!

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    September 12, 2018 at 7:09 am

    Mashed potatoes are probably my favorite food ever! These look so TASTY!

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    Toni | Boulder Locavore
    September 12, 2018 at 4:32 am

    I am sure my kids will love this!

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    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
    September 11, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Nothing beats perfectly made mashed potatoes! Now I need some asap!

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    DH Lindsey
    September 11, 2018 at 9:41 am

    If you’re not careful using a mixer, the potatoes can become a library paste so I recommend or prefer a potato ricer.

    • Reply
      September 11, 2018 at 11:40 am

      It’s true, you do have to be careful! And if you are the potatoes are SO creamy! I don’t have a potato ricer, I’ll have to try that sometime though :)

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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.

  • Reply
    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 :)

  • Reply
    March 5, 2009 at 11:56 pm

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



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