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Simple Homemade Buttery Mashed Potatoes

Buttery Mashed Potatoes is a simple and classic dish that pairs well with any meat dish or salad. It’s a great midweek dinner side.

cooked buttery mashed potatoes with fresh chopped dill and butter piece in a plate.

When it’s time to meal plan, what dishes do you start with? Do you like starting with appetizers, dessert, or main dishes

I like to start with all the simple dishes, the classic ones that I know I have the ingredients at home for already. Just like this simple homemade mashed potatoes recipe! Also on my list is this Quick Seared Mushroom Side Dish recipe.

Potatoes are a staple in almost every home. They’re super versatile, but simplest of all are mashed potatoes. They are the perfect dish to pair with any main dish. This creamy mashed potatoes recipe is a great crowd pleaser that fits in anywhere.

Key Ingredients

buttery mashed potato ingredients laid out.

Naturally, this recipe starts with potatoes. They help to keep your cholesterol and blood sugar levels in check.

Unsalted butter and milk combine to make the potatoes smooth, buttery, and creamy.

Finally, sea salt is in this recipe for flavor.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

How to make Buttery Mashed Potatoes

Step 1: Prep the potatoes

Peel and cut potatoes into smaller pieces into a large pot, then add just enough water to cover the potatoes.

Step 2: Boil

Boil on medium heat and add salt.

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Step 3: Drain

Allow the potatoes to cook until fork tender. Once they’ve fully cooked through, drain the water out and start mashing.

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Step 4: Mash

Mash until each potato piece is mashed, then add unsalted butter and mash some more.

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Step 5: Warm up the milk

Heat milk in the microwave for 1 minute. If using a stovetop, heat the milk in a small saucepan.

Step 6: Blend everything well

Add the hot milk a little at a time. Mash the potatoes in between pours. Mix and mash the potatoes until they blend well.

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Expert Tips:

  • Choose starchy potatoes like Russet potatoes for the fluffiest mashed potatoes.
  • Make sure you fully cook the potatoes before draining them. This way, they will mash well.
  • Mash the potatoes using a potato masher. Make sure they blend well but avoid overmixing to prevent a gummy texture.
  • Serve mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner alongside dinner rolls, quick gravy, and cranberry sauce!

Recipe FAQs

Can I use salted butter instead?

Feel free to use salted butter, but be cautious with the additional salt you add to avoid over-salting.

How do I store leftover mashed potatoes?

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days; reheat with a bit of milk.

What can I add for extra flavor?

 Garlic, herbs, black pepper, or grated cheese can enhance the flavor profile of a simple mashed potato recipe.

Why warm the milk?

Potatoes absorb warm milk more easily, resulting in a creamier texture.

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Simple Homemade Buttery Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes is a simple and classic dish that pairs well with any meat dish or salad.
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Course: Side Dish, Starters and Sides
Cuisine: American, Russian
Diet: Gluten Free
Allergy: Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegetarian
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings8
Calories: 203kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 8 potatoes, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup warm milk
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  • Peel and cut potatoes to smaller pieces into a pot, then add just enough water to cover the potatoes.
    8 potatoes,
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  • Boil on medium heat and add salt.
    salt,
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  • After potatoes are fully cooked through, drain the water out and start mashing.
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  • Mash until each potato piece is mashed, then add unsalted butter and mash some more.
    2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • Heat milk in the microwave for 1 minute.
    ¾ cup warm milk
  • Add milk a little at a time to potatoes, mash in between pours; mix and mash until the potatoes are blended together well.
    buttery mashed potatoes cooked in a pot.

Notes

  • Make sure to first mash the potatoes well before adding in the butter and milk.
  • The milk should be slightly hot. 
  • The more milk, the creamer the potatoes will be. 
  • Garnish with fresh chopped dill and a slice of butter. 

Nutrition

Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 932mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg
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