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My FAVORITE mashed potatoes recipe! These Buttery smooth mashed potatoes are our Go-To potato side dish recipe for every dinner and holiday get together.

Best Mashed Potatoes with butter in dish

Homemade Mashed Potatoes

There are few things in life that are better than a side of creamy mashed potatoes (name a better side dish – I dare you!)

Mashed potatoes are an iconic food in my life. I have so many great memories of sitting around the table with my family eating and enjoying mashed potatoes together. Today’s recipe is our classic homemade mashed potatoes, but we also love our Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole, and Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes.

All you need to make the best mashed potatoes are a good masher, lots of butter/salt/pepper, and hot cooked potatoes. Then you already halfway there.

Mashed potatoes are pretty forgiving. Lumps or no lumps? I like no lumps – the creamier and fluffier the better. Kids and adults alike will go crazy over these easy and yummy homemade mashed potatoes.

Russet potatoes used for mashed potatoes recipe

Best Potatoes for Mashed Potatoes

This is a question we get asked all the time! There are definitely a few varieties of potatoes that work best for mashed potatoes. You want to use the ones with higher starches, like Russet or Yukon Golds. They make for the fluffiest and smoothest mashed potatoes and absorb flavoring more easily than other varieties.

Red or white potato varieties are more waxy and usually take a little more work and mashing to be more creamy.

How do you keep mashed potatoes warm?

Butter your slow cooker and add a few tablespoons whipping cream to it. Keep slow cooker on LOW and transfer your mashed potatoes to it – keep in there for up to 4 hours, stirring before serving.

How to Make Mashed Potatoes - blended with hand mixer

How to Make Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes, in general, are our favorite!! And making these mashed potatoes is easier then you think. You’re going to need 5 pounds of potatoes for this recipe which feeds about 10 people! Make sure to wash, peel, and cut your potatoes into chunks before starting.

Place the cut potatoes into a large pot. Add enough water to the pot to cover the potatoes. Bring the water to a boil, then let the water simmer until the potatoes are fork tender (about 20-25 minutes). Stick them with a fork to see if they are ready.

Drain the water form the pot. Add the cream cheese, butter, cream, and salt. If the cream cheese scares you, I promise you cannot even taste the cream cheese in this recipe. It just adds to the flavor and creaminess.

Use a hand mixer to blend all of the ingredients together. Keep mixing until its as smooth as you want it. Add any more salt and pepper and you’ll easy fall in love with this creamy mashed potatoes recipe.

Add a few more butter slices on top before serving because a little more butter is always a good idea. Enjoy every last bite of these classic fluffy mashed potatoes.

How many potatoes per person for mashed potatoes?

You should plan on about 1/2 pound for each guest, so a 5 pound bag should feed 10 people.

    • 10 people – 5 pounds
    • 20 people – 10 pounds
    • 25 people – 12.5 pounds
    • 40 people – 20 pounds
    • 100 people – 50 pounds

How long to boil potatoes for mashed?

Once your potatoes have come to a boil, reduce to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes.

Can you freeze potatoes?

As long as your potatoes have plenty of butter and cream, they’re great for freezing. We recommend placing them in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag and laying them flat (it makes it easier to store and to reheat).

Stored properly in the fridge, mashed potatoes can be stored in the fridge for 3 to 5 days.

How to reheat mashed potatoes?

  • MICROWAVE – The easiest and fastest way to reheat mashed potatoes is to place them in a covered dish and heat them in the microwave at half-power for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • STOVETOP – Let potatoes thaw overnight in the fridge and place in a large pot on low to medium heat. Stir occasionally until heated through.
  • SLOW COOKER – Thaw potatoes overnight in the fridge and heat on low for 2-4 hours.

For all of these, add butter or dairy (sour cream or cream cheese) and additional seasonings, if needed when done.

Mashed Potatoes Recipe with butter in dish

As you can see, mashed potatoes are just one of those recipes that everyone wants to master. There are usually loads of questions about them, and they are everyone’s favorite side dish!! We’ve enjoyed this recipe since I was little and hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

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Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

5 from 5 votes

My FAVORITE mashed potatoes recipe! These Buttery smooth mashed potatoes are our Go-To potato side dish recipe for every dinner and holiday get together.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 292 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley


  • 5 lbs potatoes washed, peeled, and cut into chunks
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Place cut potatoes into a large pot. Add water to pot, covering potatoes. Let water come to a boil, then lower heat and simmer until potatoes are tender (about 20-25 minutes).

  2. Drain water, add cream cheese, butter, cream, and salt. Using a hand mixer, mix all ingredients together until you reach your desired consistency. Season with any more salt and pepper.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Would a kitchen aid mixer work? Every time ive tried mashed POTATOES they turn out lIke glue. I cant figure out what im doing wrong! Im hopeful in trying your recipe thoUgh!