Buttery Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Homemade mashed potatoes that are light, creamy, and easy to make. What makes this the best mashed potatoes is infusing the milk and cream with fresh herbs, garlic, and using a potato ricer to make the texture incredibly light.

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Buttery Mashed Potatoes for Thanksgiving

We have been sharing some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes, and the holiday table would not be complete without my best ever homemade mashed potatoes recipe. This mashed potatoes recipe is about as easy as they get, but using a few tips like starting the peeled potatoes in cold salted water will make the most fluffy, creamy mashed potatoes you have ever had! If you are looking for more Thanksgiving and holiday recipes, then check out my skillet cornbread and homemade cranberry sauce.

Let’s get the juicy bits out of the way right now, in order to make the best mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving you need to do a few things:

  1. Place the peeled potatoes in a pot of cold water that is heavily salted. Starting the potatoes in cold water will ensure they cook evenly from outside to inside, and cooking them whole as opposed to cubed, will prevent them from getting watery. You want to salt the water like you are making pasta, so it tastes like the sea. That is the only true way to season the potatoes while they are cooking
  2. You need a potato ricer in order to make a silky, light texture for your mashed potatoes. I know – you have been using a potato masher for years. Well trust me, nothing can create a light and airy texture like a potato ricer. It’s a total game changer!
  3. Once the potatoes are riced, combine them with a stick of butter and mix well. Then add the warm cream and milk that has been infused with garlic and herbs. The butter helps coat the mashed potatoes and prevent the milk and cream from making them soggy.
Buttery Mashed Potatoes Recipe
How to make homemade mashed potatoes

How To Make Homemade Mashed Potatoes

Peel 3 pounds of starchy russet potatoes and place them in a pot covered with cold water. This will prevent them from turning brown. Salt the water to make it taste like the sea and bring the potatoes to a simmer and cook for 40 minutes or until a knife can easily pierce them. You want the potatoes to be on the soft side, but not falling apart. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot to keep warm.

While the potatoes are boiling, add 1/2 cup each of heavy cream and whole milk to a pot along with 2 smashed cloves or garlic, a sprig of fresh rosemary, thyme, sage, and a few black peppercorns. Turn the heat to medium-low and allow the flavors to infuse the cream. This will add loads of great flavor to the homemade mashed potatoes.

Use the potato ricer to squeeze the potatoes through into a clean bowl and directly on top of a stick of room temperature butter. The ricer will create a really light and fine texture of the potatoes and the butter will coat the potatoes and prevent the cream from making them wet. Stir the potatoes so the butter gets incorporated and then strain the warm cream mixture directly into the bowl with the riced potatoes.

Mix well and check for seasoning, you will most likely need a little more salt. Make sure not to over mix the mashed potatoes or the starches will get too thick and gummy.

How To Make Mashed Potatoes Ahead Of Time?

You can make homemade mashed potatoes ahead of time and store in the fridge for one day or keep at room temperature for 3 hours. To reheat the mashed potatoes, fill a pot with 2 inches of water and place the bowl of potatoes on top. Turn the heat to medium and allow the water to gently simmer and stir the potatoes every 10-15 minutes. You can lower the flame to low once the potatoes get warm. Cover the bowl with the mashed potatoes with tin foil and keep warm for up to 2 hours.

If you make the mashed potatoes ahead of time, you may need to add some warm milk and cream to help loosen them up when reheated. This is especially true if the mashed potatoes are stored in the fridge ahead of time.

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Buttery Mashed Potatoes for Thanksgiving

Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mashed potatoes, thanksgiving
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 395 kcal
Author: Bobby Parrish

This is my ultimate mashed potatoes recipe that is light, buttery, and creamy. The infused cream adds a lot of flavor to the mashed potatoes and the ricer helps make a light consistency.



  • 3 pounds russet potatoes
  • ½ cup each heavy cream & whole milk
  • 1 stick unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary thyme, and sage
  • 3 black peppercorns
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed
  • Kosher salt & fresh black pepper


  1. Peel the potatoes and place them in a cooking pot covered by 3 inches of cold water. Add enough salt to the water to make it taste like the sea and bring to a gentle boil for 40 minutes, or until a knife can easily pierce the potatoes. You want the potatoes to be very soft, but not fall apart. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot to stay warm.
  2. While the potatoes are boiling, take the butter out of the ridge and add the milk, cream, garlic, thyme, rosemary, sage, peppercorns, and a pinch of salt to a small pot. Set pot over medium-low heat and allow the cream and milk to get infused with those yummy flavors. Make sure it doesn’t boil and turn off after it’s been steeping for 10 minutes.
  3. Place the stick of butter in a large bowl and use the potato ricer to rice the potatoes directly on top of the butter. Mix well, make sure the cream mixture is warm, and strain the cream into the bowl with the mashed potatoes and mix well. Check for seasoning, you may need more salt. Make sure not to over-mix the potatoes, as they will get gummy. Potatoes can sit at room temperature or be made one day ahead and reheated. To keep warm or re-heat, place bowl on top of a pot that has a few inches of water and keep the heat over low and stir the mashed potatoes every 15 minutes while covered with tin foil. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

Macros per serving, recipe makes 6 servings:
395 calories
23.5 grams of fat
42.5 grams of total carbs
5.7 grams of protein
3 grams of fiber

Nutrition Facts
Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 395 Calories from Fat 212
% Daily Value*
Fat 23.5g36%
Carbohydrates 42.5g14%
Fiber 3g13%
Protein 5.7g11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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4 thoughts on “Buttery Mashed Potatoes Recipe”

    1. Hi Kay, if you don’t have a ricer just carefully mash the potatoes with a potato masher or even a fork, making sure not to over-mash them as the starch will release and make them gummy.

  1. I would like to know how many grams is 1 stick of butter.

    It will be helpful if measurements are also shown in grams as not everyone uses pounds as measurements plus the measuring cups used in different countries have different measurements.

    Thank you.

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