There’s nothing more American than an easy, creamy mashed potato recipe! Rich, buttery and perfect for your holiday table or smothered by a stew or pot roast.
I make this recipe using regular baking potatoes. The best thing about this recipe is that you can make it ahead of time and put in a crockpot to keep warm.
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But mashed potatoes aren’t complete without gravy, right? If you are hosting the holiday meal, don’t wait for the turkey to be done. Make your gravy with Williams-Sonoma Turkey Gravy Base. Follow the directions and sub milk for vegetable broth! Make this ahead of time and place in a smaller crockpot to keep warm until serving.
It’s an easy time saver and is wards off the stress of the hungry eyes waiting on the gravy!
How to Make Creamy Mashed Potatoes
First, I peel and quarter potatoes. This speeds up the cooking process and is easier to manage.
Place the potatoes in a large pot with room for the water.
Then, fill the pot with water until all of the potatoes are covered. Place on the stove on high heat until boiling, then turn down to medium and cover.
How Many Mashed Potatoes Per Person?
Most recipes will tell you to use about a half a pound of potatoes per person. That means, if you are making potatoes for 10 people, use 5 pounds of potatoes.
When you have other things on the plate, like green beans, turkey, cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce and other sides..that seems like a lot of potatoes! I usually account for half of a potato per person, especially during with large holiday meals.
The potatoes are done when you can easily pierce the larger pieces with a fork – about 30 minutes or so. Some of the potatoes may fall apart, but that’s ok…we are mashing them up anyway!
When the potatoes are done cooking, carefully strain them into a colander. Then, add them to a large bowl and mash with a potato masher, or with a handheld beater.
Tip: If you are preparing these potatoes for a crowd, save your arm strength and use a stand mixer to whip these up a little quicker.
Ingredients for Mashed Potatoes
The ingredients in this recipe for easy mashed potatoes are pretty basic: potatoes, milk, butter, sour cream and mayonnaise. And of course salt and pepper to taste.
Then, add in the butter, milk and sour cream, and mix until well-combined. Then, add in the mayonnaise and combine.
Tip: If you are opposed to mayo, you can leave it out. But the mayo makes the mashed potatoes light and fluffy on the taste buds!
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
If you are making these ahead of time, make sure your potatoes are seasoned and flavored to your liking, then transfer them to a lined crockpot. Cover with the lid and place on warm for no longer than 3-4 hours. Occasionally, you will need to give them a stir (to avoid sticking) and pour in about ¼ cup of milk to keep them moist.
This recipe is very forgiving and flexible to your tastes and a classic complement to any meal. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as our family does!
Cream, Easy Mashed Potatoes
- 5 lbs. Baking Potatoes
- 3 Tablespoons Butter
- ¼ cup Milk
- ½ cup Mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup Sour Cream
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Wash, peel and quarter potatoes.
- Place the potatoes in a large pot with room for the water. Then, fill the pot with water until all of the potatoes are covered. Place on the stove on high heat until boiling, then turn down to medium and cover.
- Cook potatoes for about 30 minutes or until pierced easily with a fork.
- When the potatoes are done cooking, carefully strain them into a colander. Then, add them to a large bowl and mash with a potato masher, or with a handheld beater.
- Then, add in the butter, milk and sour cream, and mix until well-combined. Then, add in the mayonnaise and combine.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.