Mashed Potatoes Recipe With Tips and Tricks

28 March 2023

High starch potatoes,Yukon Gold,Idaho or Russet are the recommended potato choice for this recipe.They are better tasting and the final product is appealing.Red potatoes don’t mash very well and you’ll end up with a clumpy waxy mess. Results will be best if you have freshly harvested potatoes.

Creamy Garnished Mashed Potatoes on a plate
Plain creamy mashed potatoes on a plate


  • Potatoes: Large 3-4pcs
  • Salt
  • White Pepper: 1tsp
  • Butter: 3-4 sticks
  • Sour cream or cream cheese
  • Milk: 1 cup
  • Garlic cloves: 3-5
  • Herbs for garnish (Optional)
  • Nutmeg(Optional)
  • 2 egg yolks(Optional)


  1. Peel and wash the potatoes, dice them into even cubes for consistency in cooking, crush the garlic cloves
  2. Salt some water add the potatoes and crushed garlic and heat to a boil.
  3. Boil until fork-tender 
  4. Drain the excess water thoroughly, rinse with cold water, transfer them back to the cooking pot, turn the heat back on low to further expel any moisture since we don’t want watery mash.Don’t let them brown tho.Let them cool slightly before proceeding to (5).Don’t forget to take out the garlic cloves.
  5. Add softened room temperature butter 3-4 sticks, use more if desired, double it even, make it a criminal amount (It makes it better).Take note we add butter before milk or cream for better absorption of the fat and thus more buttery tasting mash.
  6. Roughly mash the potatoes together with just the butter using a potato masher. Don’t over-mash as this activates the starch and the result will be sticky and glue like. Same case if you plan on using a mixer. If you prefer smooth mashed potatoes, use a ricer instead for best results (This is the way)
  7. Add 2 tbs of sour cream (for tanginess) or buttermilk for richness or you can use two egg yolks instead of the cream
  8. Finally, as the potatoes start to become finer slowly add milk (warmed), add salt and pepper.Note that we recommend white pepper instead of black to keep the white consistency.(sounds kinda racist but i’m black btw)
  9. Garnish with fresh herbs, rosemary, dill, chives, parsley or thyme.Don’t go too crazy with rosemary as it might overpower the dish (Optional)
  10. Finish it off with a sprinkle of Nutmeg (Optional)

potatoes are mashed meme

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