Mashed Potatoes Recipe – How to Make Classic Mashed Potatoes

Classic Mashed Potatoes
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  • Servings : 6
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 30m

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This is a classic mashed potatoes recipe.

Mashed potatoes must be the ultimate comfort food for most of us. Hot and creamy, you just can’t have a dinner like meat loaf without them. I think you will like this version.

Classic Mashed Potatoes

vegetarian recipegluten free label


  • 6 medium potatoes
  • large pot of salted water
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup hot milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or amount to suit your taste
  • pepper to suit your taste


Step 1

Peel potatoes and cut into chunks about 2 inches in size. Place in large pot of salted water (at least 1 teaspoon of salt in the water) and boil 15 minutes or until potatoes break easily when pierced with a fork.

Step 2

Drain potatoes well but leave them in the pot.

Step 3

Add hot milk, beginning with the smaller amount. Add butter. Mash with potato masher and add more milk, butter, salt and pepper if necessary to suit your taste.

Tips and Variations:

  • Warming the milk before you add it to the potatoes is best as it results in a very creamy potato. To make life easy, what I sometimes do is add the milk to the drained potatoes in the pot, let it warm on the hot stove, then add the butter and mash.
  • To make a herbed mashed potatoes recipe add a few tablespoons of your favorite chopped fresh herbs after the potatoes are mashed. Finely chopped chives are delicious. Basil, parsley or finely chopped thyme work well too.

Pair it with one of our easy meatloaf recipes for a delicious comfort food dinner that will take you back in time.

I don’t know about you, but when I think meatloaf, I automatically think mashed potatoes. And potatoes are quite healthy for us.

To make the recipe lower in fat, replace the hot milk with chicken stock and omit the butter.

This recipe will please even the pickiest eater.

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Classic Mashed Potatoes

Recipe Comments

Comments (2)

  1. posted by Karen Ciancio on

    Hamburg Gravy over Mashed Potatoes.

    It’s an upside down shephard’s pie…

    Pan fry the hamburger in a drizzle of oil breaking it up in small bits- add shaved onion if you choose) when all the pink in the meat is gone – add a tin of mushroom OR onion gravy..

    Cook and mash potatoes.

    Place a scoop of potatoes on each plate and make a well in the center, pour the gravy over…

    A pound of Hamburger and 4 medium potatoes will serve 4-6 persons…

  2. posted by Karen Ciancio on

    These comments have been transferred from the older version of the site:

    Rich Mashed Potatoes

    by Kate McLean
    (Abbotsford, B.C., Canada)

    Variation: Instead of milk add 1/4 cup of sour cream. This makes a very creamy rich tasting mashed potato.


    Add Nutmeg to Mashed Potatoes

    by Rosie

    a good twist is nutmeg, just half a tsp


    Thank you

    i’m not from north america but i have been living here since i was 1 year old so i know the culture but not there cooking.i have a dinner party coming up with some of my colleges so thank you very much.


    Thanks for the Potatoes Recipe

    by Eliot
    (Portland, OR)

    Awesome…thanks for the tips. I just made my first mashed potatoes and they were delicious. : )

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