Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe – a simple and cheesy side dish. With our tips to make them fluffy, not pasty, we are sure you will LOVE this recipe! 

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Today I want to share my Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe, because at my house, mashed potatoes are revered as the utmost of decadent comfort foods.

Since 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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With some tips, you too can make perfect buttery fluffy mashed potatoes every time.


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How To Make The Best Mashed Potatoes Ever

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 with cold water.

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 them 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 lifting power!

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 your mashed potatoes.

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 with garlic… Add cheese and bake so that the potatoes puff up and form a crispy top. #Heaven

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It also helps if you have amazing cookware to cook them in, like this nonstick, safe, and earth-friendly vessel from Swiss Diamond Cookware.

I am crazy (like looney tunes) over this cookware, guys. It’s sealed with a special coating made with real diamond dust so that it is completely non-porous. No pores, means no sticking.

The mashed potatoes just slide right out. Plus Swiss Diamond Cookware is oven-safe!

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Check Out  The Recipe Card Below For How To Make The Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe. Enjoy!

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Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins

The Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe is a simple and cheesy side dish. With our tips to make them fluffy, not pasty, we are sure you will LOVE this recipe!

Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts
Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 358 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 205mg 9%
Potassium 829mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 0g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 14.9%
Vitamin C 26.7%
Calcium 20.5%
Iron 34.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 5 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 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. Set a large pot of cold water on the stovetop. Peel the potatoes and cut into 1-inch cubes. Add them to the cold water immediately so they do not brown. Add the garlic and 1 tablespoon salt to the water and bring 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. Do not over-mash. 
  3. Place the butter and half & half in a microwave-safe bowl and warm so that the butter melts into the half & half.
  4. 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. (Baking makes them even better!)

  5. Baking instructions: For a crispy top, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Scoop the mashed potatoes into a large sauté 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.

Recipe Notes

Can't find fontina cheese? Use any easy-melting cheese you like!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Swiss Diamond Cookware. All opinions are our own.

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45 comments on “Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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  2. Debposted December 26, 2018 at 2:01 am Reply

    I googled “best mashed potatoes recipe” and found this & it’s 100% true. These ARE the best mashed potatoes. I’ve been making mashed potatoes for 40 years and thought I had it down. I decided to follow this recipe & holy moly, they are AMAZING!! I didn’t have quite 2 cups of fontina cheese so I tossed in a little smoked mozzarella along with it. I made them ahead and baked them straight out of the fridge for 45 minutes. Everyone raved & it was the favorite dish at our Christmas table. :)

  3. Anneposted December 20, 2018 at 9:04 am Reply

    Looks good! Ever tried mashing a day ahead and baking just before serving?

    • Sommer Collierposted December 20, 2018 at 6:35 pm Reply

      Hi Anne,

      Yes, I actually do this a lot for big gatherings. It works great! :)

  4. Eraldoposted November 23, 2018 at 5:19 pm Reply

    What are the actual measurements for the ingredients. How is a cup an accurate measurement, cups come in different sizes.

    • Sommer Collierposted November 23, 2018 at 6:09 pm Reply


      You can switch it to metric measurements in the recipe form. :)

  5. Linda Banksposted November 10, 2018 at 5:24 pm Reply

    What is a good substitute for fontina cheese?

    • Sommer Collierposted November 18, 2018 at 10:21 pm Reply

      Hi Linda,

      Any good melting cheese will work… cheddar, provolone, muenster. :)

  6. Deborah Kosposted October 25, 2018 at 6:04 pm Reply

    The mashed potatoes looks so delicious. I want to try this recipe and serve it with meatloaf.

  7. 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

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  9. JGeigerposted April 2, 2018 at 6:51 pm Reply

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

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

    Thank you!!

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    Thank you for the receipt

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

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

  14. Sommerposted November 23, 2016 at 6:50 pm Reply

    Hi Holly!

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

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  18. 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.

  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. vicki constanposted December 2, 2015 at 6:24 pm Reply

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    I enjoy your recipes! Thank you for the giveaway!

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

    Gonna make those tonight yum! 

  23. Marla Meridithposted November 3, 2015 at 8:25 pm Reply

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

  24. 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!

  25. 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!

  26. 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. 

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    • Sommerposted November 2, 2015 at 4:28 pm Reply

      Hi Sandra, Fixed!! Sorry about that. 

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      Hi Susan, Click on one of the four options below the image in the entry form. Good luck!

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

      Hi Sally, sorry about that. All fixed!

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

    I love these mashed potatoes and all the cheese!

  31. Laura Royalposted November 2, 2015 at 10:18 am Reply

    it’s not allowing me to enter the second entry.  filled it out and it says it’s not so I can’t submit.

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

      Hi Laura! My apologies… It’s fixed! 

  32. 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!

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

    Those potatoes look fantastic and wow what a giveaway!! 

  34. 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!

  35. Julie @ Table for Twoposted November 2, 2015 at 8:14 am Reply

    Wow, what a massive giveaway! The mashed potatoes look so creamy and perfect!

  36. 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!

  37. 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!