Creamy & Delicious Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Mashed Potatoes RecipeOver the years, I have meet a lot of people who loved mashed potatoes, but had no idea how to make them.  This mashed potatoes recipe is easy if you have the basic recipe below.

My mother’s recipe for mashed potatoes is easily one of the most requested sides in our family.  I admit, until friends started asking me how to make them, I took my knowledge for granted.

Mom always allowed my sister and myself to help her make dinner.  As a mother myself, I understand how it is often easier to just make something yourself than to bother teaching children how to cook.  When I was a young bride, I was most grateful for my basic knowledge of cooking and cooking utensils.  Our mother really did us a huge favor!

Mashed potatoes were one of the first recipes I remember making when I was young.  As a result, I make them more by texture than with a recipe, but I believe I can put it in recipe form to help others learn how to mash creamy and delicious potatoes.


My Mother’s Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Cook Time

Prep Time Cook Time Ready In Yields
25 min. 1 hour
1 hours 35 min Serving for 2 – 4


Ingredients for Mashed Potato Recipe

This recipe can be doubled for more servings

  • 2 lbs (7 or 8 potatoes) Red Potatoes – Cut-up and Cooked
  • 1 Stick Butter
  • 1/4 – 1/2 Cup Milk
  • Salt & Pepper


Mashed Potatoes Preparation

  1. Cut up Potatoes to Make Mashed PotatoesPeel and Cut-up Red Potatoes (1 – 1½ squares)
  2. Place the potatoes in a 6 qt. stockpot
  3. Fill the pot 3/4 full with water – that should more than cover the potatoes
  4. Cover with a vented or tilted lid and bring to a boil
  5. Turn down the stove to a Low Boil (my setting for low boil is 4 on my stove)
  6. Low Boil for 1 hr. – Don’t let the water boil out or too far down
  7. After cooking, Drain the water completely
  8. Add Butter & Milk
  9. Mix with a hand mixer until potatoes are creamy consistency (Because I use stainless steel cookware, I mix my mashed potatoes in my cooking pot
  10. Add salt and pepper while mixing


Note:  Because potatoes vary in size, you may need a little more or less milk to obtain the desired consistency.

How to Make Mashed Potatoes

Recipe for Delicious Mashed Potatoes



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  1. I love mashed potatoes and you would think it would be a simple dish to fix, but if you have never cooked, having quick & easy instructions like your mom’s makes it easy for anyone.

    Have you ever added a touch of sour cream to your mashed potatoes? I had some fixed that way at a friend’s house recently and they were fantastic!

  2. This is exactly how I make my mashed potatoes. It sure beats using a “ricer” to smash up the potatoes. Like you I do mine right in the Stainless steel pot and then transfer it to a nice bowl to set on the table. The best mashed potatoes ever.

  3. Fuad haddad says:

    Very nice, this exactly how I learned to make the mashed potatoes at culinary school at ARC, I love mash potatoes it is very delicious, creamy and tasty,
    Thank you!

  4. Wim says:

    I find that adding a clove of garlic and some freshly ground nutmeg, from my mom’s recipe, gives an old fashioned taste. She used to put it in the oven for a crust on top. Delicious!

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