Our Favorite Mashed Potato Recipe

Everyone has their own way of making mashed potatoes. I was spoiled early with my mom’s mashed potatoes, because they were just so perfect. Luckily I watched closely every time she made them, and am able to make them just as easily.

It may take some practice, but making perfect mashed potatoes really isn’t that hard. All you need is potatoes, milk, butter, salt, and pepper. Just skin the potatoes, boil them on the stove, drain, and put in a bowl. You’ll need a hand mixer to get them just right, adding your butter, milk, salt, and pepper slowly to get it “just right”. As my mom always said “add your milk slowly – you can always add more but you can’t take any out”.

I’ve since come up with my own tasty version that is just as good (if not better) as you’d get in a restaurant. My version uses red potatoes, not skinned, with garlic salt instead of salt and pepper. It’s made exactly the same way as above, just with a few different ingredients.

The garlic mashed potato recipe goes extremely well with other easy dinner ideas, such as steak and pork chops. I tend to make a lot of the mashed potatoes, because they are good even reheated. 😉


4 thoughts on “Our Favorite Mashed Potato Recipe

  1. That’s how my father-in-law makes his mashed potatoes all the time – minus the garlic. I personally am not a big fan of red potatoes OR mashed potatoes with skins on them. However, my husband just adores them. He also likes homefries that way as well as potato salad. Yeah, needless to say, hubby usually only gets them at my inlaws. Oops! Did I forget the red potatoes again?? LOL!

    With that said though …
    I am a HUGE fan of garlic mashed potatoes! There’s nothing better than a big, fat juicy medium-rare steak, creamed corn and garlic mashed potatoes!

    I make mine pretty similar as yours. I skin and cut up the potatoes (makes the boiling time a little quicker) and boil them. But, I include a couple of fresh, minced garlic cloves with the potatoes when I’m boiling them. Then the milk, butter and garlic salt just as you said above. Oh delicious!! I LOVE mashed potatoes!

    Although, we’re not a big fan of warmed up mashed potatoes. And since we’re on the subject of mashed potatoes … (Hope you don’t mind me pretty much writing my OWN blog post here!)

    One thing to do with left over mashed potatoes is to make potato candy. I have no clue how to make them though! My mom used to make them. I know they have left over mashed taters, peanut butter and powdered sugar. And that’s all I know, lol! I’ll have to see if I can dig up a recipe – YUMMY! (Although, of course I’m not sure if I would do it with left over garlic taters, lol!)

    The other and I bet these would taste good with garlic ones too. Add some shreaded cheddar cheese, roll into about 2 inch balls, roll them in flour and deep fry them until a nice gold brown – potato & cheese puffs – delicious!


  2. About the garlic mashed potatoes – if I don’t have red potatoes but have others to use, I’ll do the same thing. About the only time I leave out the garlic is when it’s being made for a family function.

    As for the potato candy recipe – ya beat me to it! I was about to go searching for one because I’m just sure I’ve got it in a collection somewhere lol. Thanks for posting it though, saved me some time!


  3. Hi Chanced on your post as I was searching for recipes to include in my annual Christmas recipe book. I’ve a Mashed potato recipe in it this year, and thought it was too simple an item to include as evryone knows how, don’t they. But you know, people do it differently and I guess thats why recipes are so much fun.


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