Perfect Mashed Potatoes

This recipe makes perfect fluffy mashed potatoes every time. It is also the ideal base for flavored mashed potatoes like roasted garlic and horseradish.  I have a folder filled with what I call staple recipes. This is one of them.  It’s a keeper.


Perfect mashed potatoes in a round black bowl with a cute wooden spoon.

My favorite mashed potatoes are flavored with horseradish.  I added some food coloring and served them in cones for a summer party.  The mashed potato cones were a big hit!  

This recipe is also a solid foundation for twice-baked potatoes.  Add 1 TB sour cream, and you can scoop this right back into the potato shell.  Add shredded cheddar and bacon pieces on the top and pop it back into a 350-degree oven for 10 minutes.  Sprinkle chopped chives on the top and serve. 

Perfect mashed potatoes in a round black bowl with a cute wooden spoon.

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Foodie de Froid
Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
This recipe makes perfect buttery mashed potatoes every time. They have a light texture and are an ideal base for adding additional flavors like roasted garlic and horseradish.
5 from 1 vote


  • 3 large russet potatoes peeled and cut into 4 equal sections each
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup butter
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • Place potatoes in a large pot filled with salted water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes or until tender.
    3 large russet potatoes
  • Drain potatoes and place them back into the pot. Turn heat to high and allow potatoes to dry for about 30 seconds.
  • Place the butter in a medium-sized bowl. Put a few of the potato pieces into a potato ricer and squeeze. Continue with the potatoes until all of them have been riced. Add the milk and mix gently with a wooden spoon until creamy. Blend in salt and black pepper until distributed.
    ½ cup whole milk, ¼ cup butter, salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • Serve immediately.

Kitchen Equipment


Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes:  Add 2 TB (or to taste) chopped roasted garlic to the finished mashed potatoes.
Horseradish Mashed Potatoes:  Add 2 TB (or to taste) prepared horseradish to the finished mashed potatoes.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 305


Serving: 4gCalories: 305kcalCarbohydrates: 77gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.003gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 35mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 76gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword holiday, mashed potatoes, party, recipe
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