mashed potatoes

The Best Homemade Mashed Potatoes


5 Min


25 Min



When it comes to Thanksgiving, nothing complements the golden, juicy turkey better than a side of creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes. This humble dish, made with love and the right ingredients, can steal the show at your Thanksgiving dinner. We tried every single variation of the classic mashed potato and found this to be the best combination of ingredients.

Tips for making mashed potatoes

Use Yukon Golden Potatoes: These potatoes are less starchy than Russet potatoes and offer a smooth buttery flavor. They also don't have a waxy feeling like red potatoes which helps make your mashed potatoes the perfect blend of creamy, and smooth.

How long do you boil potatoes

Until you can stick a fork in a chuck with minimal resistance. It should be smooth going in and out of the potato. For those who need an exact time it will depend on the size of chunks you cut. Plan on boiling potatoes for 10-20 minutes.

Do you rinse the potatoes before mashing

Use a lid or plate to to hold back the potatoes while you drain the water. You can also use a colander but that is one more dish to wash when you are done. Do not rinse the potatoes after they have been cooked. Return the potatoes to the pot and over low heat allow the remaining water to evaporate.

Is it better to peal potatoes for mashed potatoes

We recommend leaving the potato skin on. Rinse the potatoes before you cut into cubes but there is no need to peal the potatoes. The skin has the majority of nutrients, give the mashed potatoes another layer of texture, and is one less step which saves you A LOT of time.


2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes

1 Tablespoon salt

1/2 tablespoon black pepper

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons chopped chives


Mashed Potatoes

Step 1

Start by peeling the Yukon Gold potatoes and cutting them into equal-sized chunks to ensure even cooking.

Step 2

Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with cold water. Add a pinch of salt and bring the water to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, usually taking about 20 minutes.

Step 3

While the potatoes are cooking, combine the butter, heavy cream, and sour cream in a small saucepan. Heat over low until the butter melts.

Step 4

Drain the potatoes well once they are cooked to avoid any leftover water. Then, mash the potatoes to the desired consistency using a potato ricer or stand mixer.

Step 5

Gradually add the warm dairy mixture to the potatoes, stirring well to combine, you may not use all of it!

Step 6

Season with salt and pepper, and stir until well combined. Finally, garnish with chopped chives and serve hot.


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