Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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At my house, mashed potatoes are revered as the utmost of decadent comfort foods.

Because they are so rich, I don’t make them often. So when I do, I take careful precaution to make sure my mashed potatoes are just right.


I’m sure we’ve all had the experience of sitting down to a highly anticipated meal with a heaping portion of mashed potatoes, only to find them gummy and lackluster.

What a waste of potatoes and butter!

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So today I want to share my very Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe, along with some tips so that you too can make perfect buttery fluffy mashed potatoes every time.


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Step 1: Use the right kind of potatoes. I suggest going with a starchy buttery-flavored potato like Yukon Golds. Using potatoes with less starch will create less fluffy mashed potatoes.

Step 2: Peel and dunk. Once you’ve peeled your potatoes, don’t let them sit out on the counter and brown. Immediately place them in water so they don’t oxidate.

Step 3: Use cold water. Placing the potatoes in hot water creates uneven cooking. Even though it might take a few minutes longer to boil, start cold.

Step 4: Infuse flavor. Adding salt and garlic while the potatoes are cooking is a great way to get flavor down deep into the potatoes. Toss it in the pot when you turn on the burner.

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Step 5: Don’t over-cook the potatoes. The moment a butter knife slices easily through a potato chunk, remove the pot from the heat and drain. You don’t want the potatoes to absorb too much water.

Step 6: Don’t over-mash the potatoes. The starch in the potatoes is a good thing, but will cause the potatoes to turn gummy if you mash them to death. Before adding anything to the potatoes, mash them well with a potato masher, a ricer (for the smoothest mashed potatoes,) or by beating them in an electric mixer. The moment they are smooth… STOP MASHING. If using a mixer, be extra careful about over-mixing!

Step 7: Add warm ingredients. Don’t add cold butter, cream, or cheese to the mashed potatoes. They mix in best when they are warm or at least room temperature.  I like to warm the cream and butter prior to pouring them into the potatoes for a nice smooth finish.

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Step 8: Get cheesy. You don’t have to add cheese to mashed potatoes, but why wouldn’t you?! Cheese offers so much flavor and richness to mashed potatoes. Plus, if you decide to bake them, it offers extra lift!

Step 9: Season at the end. You added salt to the water at the beginning of the mashed potato process, but don’t forget to taste and season them again with salt and pepper.

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Step 10: To bake or not to bake, that is the question. If you have time, always bake. There are certainly days that I make killer mashed potatoes, then find myself in a pinch and decide not to bake them. Yet for the lightest fluffiest best mashed potatoes recipe… Add cheese and bake so that the potatoes puff up and form a crispy top. #Heaven

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Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Yield: 8+ servings

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:30 minutes

5 / 5 (8 Reviews)
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Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe - Simple cheesy mashed potatoes, with tips to make sure they are fluffy, not pasty.


  • 5 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 2 cups shredded fontina cheese + 1/2 cup if baking
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chopped chive for garnish


  1. Set out the cold ingredients to bring to room temperature. Peel the potatoes and cut into 1 inch cubes. Place the potato cubes and minced garlic in a large Swiss Diamond Stockpot, then cover with cold water. Add 1 tablespoon salt to the water and bring the water to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat and simmer for 10-14 minutes, until you can easily cut the potatoes with a butter knife.
  2. Drain the potatoes and immediately mash. Do this with a potato masher, or by placing them in the bowl of an electric mixer and beating. Mash the potatoes until almost completely smooth. Place the butter and half & half in a microwave-safe bowl and warm so that the butter melts into the half & half.
  3. Once the potatoes are mashed, add the butter mixture to the potatoes and mix to incorporate. Then mix in the cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Serve the hot fluffy mashed potatoes as-is or bake.
  4. Baking instructions: For a crispy top, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Scoop the mashed potatoes into a large Swiss Diamond Saute Pan. Sprinkle with an additional 1/2 cup shredded fontina cheese, and bake for 20 minutes. Once out of the oven sprinkle with chopped chive and serve warm.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8+ servings, Serving Size: 8

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 405 Calories
  • Total Fat: 32.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 20.8g
  • Cholesterol: 92mg
  • Sodium: 347mg
  • Carbohydrates: 20.8g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Sugar: 0.8g
  • Protein: 7.4g
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37 comments on “Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

  1. Toriposted November 2, 2015 at 7:00 am Reply

    These need to be on my thanksgiving table this year! They look so creamy and fluffy!

    Rating: 5
  2. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted November 2, 2015 at 7:47 am Reply

    Love all the great tips on making the best mashed potatoes ever!

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  4. Betty Lynneposted November 2, 2015 at 8:56 am Reply

    These are great tips! Looking forward to having marvelous mashed potatoes in a few weeks on the Thanksgiving table. Thanks!

  5. Heather Christoposted November 2, 2015 at 9:25 am Reply

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  6. Lizposted November 2, 2015 at 9:36 am Reply

    According to my hubby, I don’t make mashed potatoes nearly enough! I will treat him to your luscious, cheesy version soon!

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    • Sommerposted November 2, 2015 at 4:27 pm Reply

      Hi Laura! My apologies… It’s fixed! 

  8. Mariaposted November 2, 2015 at 10:54 am Reply

    I love mashed potatoes and all that cheese!

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  12. Chrisposted November 2, 2015 at 10:46 pm Reply

    I love that every once in a while you break down the most basic of recipes and yet I always find tips that are true gems. Will be making this recipe on Tuesday night!
    And thank you for this fabulous give-away.  Thank you for introducing me (us) to the Swiss Diamond Cookware. The line looks incredible; the (Swiss) technology seems to be just what we need to make life easier, safer and …more beautiful! in the kitchen. 

    Rating: 5
  13. Annalise @ Completely Deliciousposted November 2, 2015 at 11:22 pm Reply

    Great tips! I’ve never baked my mashed potatoes before. Definitely going to try that!

  14. Gaby Dalkinposted November 3, 2015 at 12:03 am Reply

    These look like the PERFECT mashed potatoes! Definitely going to have to use your tips and tricks for the holidays!

    Rating: 5
  15. Marla Meridithposted November 3, 2015 at 8:25 pm Reply

    I truly believe these are the best baked potatoes!! And this giveaway is spectacular!

  16. KatBposted November 5, 2015 at 2:33 pm Reply

    Gonna make those tonight yum! 

    Rating: 5
  17. Stacyposted November 13, 2015 at 9:00 am Reply

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  19. Kim Musgroveposted December 25, 2015 at 1:45 pm Reply

    If you don’t like lumps in your mashed potatoes, try using a ricer!

  20. Amandaposted January 30, 2016 at 3:00 pm Reply

    Whats the serving size?

    • Sommerposted February 1, 2016 at 8:55 am Reply

      Hi Amanda! Usually 1/2 cup is an appropriate serving, but that is at your discretion.

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  24. Hollyposted November 21, 2016 at 3:36 pm Reply

    My grocery store asked if I wanted Danish or Italian fontina? What do you suggest? 

    • Sommerposted November 23, 2016 at 6:50 pm Reply

      Hi Holly!

      I usually use Italian, but either is fine. :)

  25. Andrewposted December 6, 2016 at 8:25 am Reply

    To make mash even more fluffier and some baking powder at the end of mashing

    Rating: 5
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  27. Basuki suratnoposted November 23, 2017 at 10:21 am Reply

    Thank you for the receipt

  28. Rutaposted December 8, 2017 at 5:28 pm Reply

    Thank you!!

    Rating: 5
  29. JGeigerposted April 2, 2018 at 6:51 pm Reply

    They were excellent and I will make them every time I make mashed potatoes

    Rating: 5
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  31. Gerald Geigegrposted April 26, 2018 at 9:10 am Reply

    This recipe was absolutely fabulous the best mashed potatoes anybody’s ever Eat
    Everybody my family Raved about them

    Rating: 5