Easy Mashed Potatoes Recipe (Boiled in Milk)

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This easy mashed potatoes recipe needs a place at your table this holiday season! Deliciously creamy and indulgent, you won’t want to make this side dish any other way! These Mashed Potatoes have a secret, they’re boiled in milk!

Mashed Potatoes in a bowl topped with butter

Favorite Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes will always have a place at my holiday table! It’s always a favorite and disappears so quickly! There’s just no recipe that’s quite as creamy or simple.

I’ve made a lot of mashed potatoes recipes over the years; Cheesy Vegan Mashed Potatoes  and Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes with Garlic Butter are both great, but boy, this recipe is so EASY!

Mashed Potatoes served in a white and blue bowl
Close up of butter melting on the potatoes

Can you make this easy mashed potato recipe ahead of time?

Mashed potatoes are a great side dish to serve at holidays because you are able to make them ahead of time. Once you;ve mashed them set them to one side and cover with foil.

Before serving gently reheat them on the stovetop, and add about 1-cup of the milk-water (slowly) and stir to combine.

step by step photos of how to make mashed potatoes boiled in milk

The best creamy mashed potato recipe!

The secret to beautifully creamy mash is to boil the potatoes in a cream (or whole milk) and water mixture. The potatoes suck up all the goodness from the cream and result in flavorsome potatoes that are beautifully smooth.

Fresh pepper on top of the potatoes
Mashed Potatoes in a bowl with a serving spoon

What are the best potatoes for mash?

I swear by Yukon golds for mashed potato, they turn out fluffy, smooth and full of flavor. You want to use a high starch potato, so russets will also work well. Avoid waxy potatoes, like red or white varieties, they require a lot of mashing and can become gloopy.

Top Tips to Make This Recipe 

  • The potatoes should be boiled until fork tender. Don’t under or overcook them.
  • You can cook these potatoes ahead of time and keep them covered with foil.
  • Garnish the easy mashed potatoes with your favorite toppings; fresh herbs, parmesan or simply black pepper.
Mashed Potatoes ready to serve

Be sure to check out these other holiday side dishes!

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