How to Make Mashed Potatoes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Fluffy, creamy and buttery, these are literally the PERFECT mashed potato.


  • 4 pounds potatoes russet or Yukon gold
  • 1/3 cup salted butter melted
  • 1 cup milk or cream
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic optional


  • Peel and quarter potatoes, place in cold salted water.
  • Bring to a boil and cook uncovered 15 minutes or until fork tender. Drain well.
  • Heat milk on the stove top (or in the microwave) until warm.
  • Add butter to the potatoes and begin mashing. Pour in milk a little at a time while using a potato masher to reach desired consistency.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

Add milk/cream a little bit at a time until desired consistency is reached.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 243, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 75mg, Potassium: 981mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 235IU, Vitamin C: 13mg, Calcium: 61mg, Iron: 1.9mg