Creamy mashed potatoes are a classic and comforting side dish that pairs well with a variety of main courses. Here’s a simple recipe for making creamy mashed potatoes:
- 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup whole milk or heavy cream, warmed
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Optional additions: minced garlic, chopped fresh herbs (e.g., parsley, chives), grated Parmesan cheese, or sour cream for extra flavor
- Boil the Potatoes:
- Place the peeled and cubed potatoes in a large pot of cold, salted water. Bring the water to a boil over high heat.
- Reduce the heat to medium and simmer the potatoes for about 10-15 minutes or until they are fork-tender. You should be able to easily pierce a potato cube with a fork.
- Drain the Potatoes:
- Drain the cooked potatoes in a colander to remove all the water.
- Mash the Potatoes:
- Return the drained potatoes to the pot or a large mixing bowl. Use a potato masher or a hand mixer to mash the potatoes until they are smooth and free of lumps. You can also use a potato ricer for an even smoother texture.
- Add Butter:
- Add the room-temperature butter to the mashed potatoes. Mix or mash until the butter is fully incorporated and the potatoes are creamy.
- Add Milk or Cream:
- Gradually pour in the warm milk or heavy cream while continuing to mix or mash the potatoes. The amount of liquid you need may vary depending on your desired level of creaminess. Add the milk or cream until you reach your preferred consistency.
- Season the mashed potatoes with salt and black pepper to taste. Be sure to taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. You can also add optional ingredients like minced garlic, chopped fresh herbs, grated Parmesan cheese, or sour cream for extra flavor.
- Transfer the creamy mashed potatoes to a serving bowl and garnish with additional butter or herbs if desired.
- Serve the creamy mashed potatoes hot as a side dish with your favorite main course.
These creamy mashed potatoes are a crowd-pleaser and a perfect addition to holiday feasts, family dinners, or any meal where comfort food is on the menu. Enjoy!