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creamy mashed potatoes in a bowl topped with butter and parsley

BEST Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 173kcal
The BEST Mashed Potatoes recipe also happens to be the simplest mashed potatoes recipe. Why make things complicated for a dish that everyone already loves? These homemade mashed potatoes are made with potatoes, butter, salt & pepper, and nothing else. It's the perfect side for holidays or any dinner!
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  • 4 large yukon gold potatoes
  • 3-4 tablespoons salted butter
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Peel the potatoes and cut each potato into 4 pieces.
  • Place the potatoes in a steamer rack and prop up in a large pot.
  • Pour 2" of water into a large pot, and bring to a simmer.
  • Turn heat to medium-high and steam the potatoes for 20 minutes or until they pierce very easily with a knife or fork.
  • Let potatoes cool
  • put the potatoes through a potato ricer (or mash with potato masher)
  • Stir in the butter and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • add more butter if needed to up the creaminess.
  • garnish with herbs if desired (parsley or chives would be great)
  • enjoy!



Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 702mg | Fiber: 4g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 19.4mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 5.5mg