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The Secrets to Rich, Buttery Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes. Great for a holiday meal with your family and friends. Easy and delicious potato recipe.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Comfort food, holiday, Potatoes, vegetables
Servings: 12 people


  • 5 Lbs yellow potatoes peeled and diced 2 " cube
  • 2 Tbl salt
  • 1/2 Cup milk
  • 1/2 Cup chicken stock
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  • Peel potatoes. Dice into approximately 2 inch cubes.
  • Put potatoes into large pot. Fill with enough water to cover potatoes.
    Cubed potatoes
  • Stir in salt. (when cooking is an appropriate time to add salt as it helps flavor the potatoes even more)
  • Place pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Cook potatoes until fork tender, about 15 minutes. They will cook faster covered, but watch out for the starchy water from the potatoes bubbling up and boiling over. As they start boiling I turn the heat down a bit and tilt the cover on top. This reduces the chance of boil over and the need to clean up even more mess. However, you can also try putting a wooden spoon across the top of the uncovered pot.
  • Drain water from potatoes. I usually tilt the lid slightly and drain the water out while keeping the potatoes in. Some people might want to use a colander. Use the method that works easiest for you.
  • Once drained, add salt and pepper. I would start with ¼ tsp. of each, but you should adjust to your taste. Then add the milk and chicken stock.
  • Using a masher, mash the potatoes to desired smoothness. Some people like potato chunks yet, I like them pretty creamy.
    Potato masher
  • If you find that the potatoes are a little dry, you can add more liquid – either more milk or stock.


Depending on the occasion, I will change up the mashed potatoes a bit.  Here are the variations.
In place of the milk and sock try this
1 stick of butter and ½ c of milk
1 C. sour cream and ½ c of milk
8 oz. softened cream cheese and ¼ c milk
No matter which way you find that your family likes the best once you have tried a few variations, you will find one that makes most of the people happy.
I hope this helps you make great mashed potatoes for both your everyday meals and those fancy Holiday meals.