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creamy mashed potatoes in a bowl with butter and a spoon

Easy Mashed Potatoes - Boiled in Milk

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 318kcal
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!
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  • 2 cups cream or whole milk
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt divided
  • teaspoon ground black pepper divided
  • ½ cup 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into 6-8 pieces

Garnishes, if desired:

  • Chopped fresh parsley
  • Shredded or grated cheese
  • Extra butter


  • Combine cream, water, potatoes, 1-tablespoon kosher salt and 1-teaspoon black pepper in a large saucepan, set over medium heat.
  • Bring just to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 15-25 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender.
  • Drain potatoes in a colander set over a medium, heatproof bowl (reserve the potato milk/water).
  • Return the potatoes to the pan and set the heat to medium-low. Stir gently until the excess moisture evaporates from the potatoes, about 1 minute.
  • Add the butter, 1½ teaspoons kosher salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Mash the potatoes until smooth and creamy (or fluffadding some of the reserved potato milk-water, when/if necessary. (NOTE: If not serving the potatoes immediately, save about 1-cup of the milk-water to add before serving. Be sure to add the milk-water in ¼-cup increments to ensure the potatoes stay fluffy. No one likes watery mashed potatoes.)
  • Transfer potatoes to a serving bowl, dot with 3-4 tabs of butter (or drizzle with melted butteand garnish with parsley or cheese, if desired.
  • Enjoy!



Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 2392mg | Potassium: 1051mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 604IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 7mg