Mashed potatoes are life. We are constantly subjected to sub-par mashed potatoes and we don’t want you to live that life! Perfect creamy mashed potatoes are worth the effort, and we’ll hold your hand every step of the way so you can enjoy delicious mashed potatoes every time. To make the perfect mashed potatoes, you need the correct ratio of cream cheese, butter, and buttermilk to produce the butteriest, tastiest mashed potatoes. When the recipe is followed correctly, you’ll have the perfect, creamy and delicious mashed potatoes you’ll want to eat every night.
Additional options for the creamiest mashed potatoes:
Bacon Mashed Potatoes: Cook 1/4 to 3/4 pound bacon until crisp. Replace half of the butter in the recipe below with 1/8 cup to 1/4 cup bacon grease.
Cheddar Mashed Potatoes: Add about 3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese. Then add 1/4 cup of parsley or chives to make some delicious cheesy cheddar mash.
Other possible flavorings:
- red bell pepper
- parmesan cheese
- Italian sausage
Troubleshooting: Lumpy Mashed Potatoes
If you end up with lumpy mashed potatoes, that probably means the potatoes are undercooked. Just add a little more cream or milk and cook the potatoes on low heat until the cubes start to soften. You should be able to mash again to make a smooth, creamy mash.
Russets or other high-starch potatoes, such as Yukon Gold potatoes, are great for mashed potatoes. These high-starch potatoes will absorb the buttery and creamy flavors better and end up fluffier and softer. That being said, you can use red or white potatoes, but they will require more mashing to get creamy and may be a little stickier.
Additional indulgent treats:
On special occasions like Thanksgiving, when the calories and fat are plentiful, I like to double the cream cheese and butter for a special creamy treat.
Chef Notes: Once cooked, these mashed potatoes can be placed in crock pot Let stand on low or high heat for up to 4 hours before serving. This is handy for big and demanding meals like Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter.