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Basic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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Friends, here’s the secrets to making perfect, light, fluffy, and flavorful Mashed Potatoes! It’s all about the type of potato that you use, and then the final additions of cheese and chives. The BEST mashed potatoes!

Basic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Homemade mashed potatoes are my favorite comfort food, and a true classic holiday tradition. Start with the basic recipe and then add chives and cheese! So good. You may also want to try my Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes or Curried Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

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What are mashed potatoes?

Mashed potato or mashed potatoes, is a side dish prepared by mashing boiled, peeled or unpeeled potatoes.

Typically you add milk, butter, salt and pepper, and then whip them at the end.

The dish is usually a side dish to meat and/or vegetables.

For this time of year? Mashed potatoes are the perfect side dish to a delicious, roasted turkey!

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What is the best potato for mashing?

We choose higher starch potatoes, like Russets or Yukon golds, because they make the fluffiest and smoothest mash.

You don’t want to use waxy potatoes (such as red or white varieties) because they require more mashing to become creamy. And when you mash them too long, they become a “potato paste” instead of a light, airy, fluffy mash!

Add cheese and chives

You can make basic mashed potatoes, but we love to add cheese and chives. Why not add a little more pizazz?

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  1. Cool weather. Nighttime walks. Beautiful days, and walks with our Whoodle, Alder.
  2. Cinnamon rolls. With raisins and walnuts. The more frosting, the better. Storyville coffee in the morning, and a delicious cinnamon roll. Mostly a “weekend” treat.
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Easy Basic Mashed Potatoes

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Basic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 8
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  • 6-8 medium potatoes, about 2 lbs, Russets or Yukon Golds
  • 1/3 chives
  • 1/2 c Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2/3 c white sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened


  • Cut potatoes into 1’’ slices, cut width-wise. Place in a large pot of water with 1/4 c salt, and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Simmer your potatoes for 8-10 minutes; they will be easily poked through with a fork.
  • When potatoes can be poked through with a utensil, drain them and place them back in the pot. Let them sit for about 5 minutes, and allow the extra water to evaporate.
  • Next, add butter, salt, pepper, egg yolk, and cheeses, and mash with a potato masher or a fork until well incorporated and smooth. Finally, add in chives. Serve warm and enjoy!
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
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Basic Mashed Potatoes