Home > Side Dishes > Potatoes > Creamed Potatoes Creamed Potatoes November 20, 2022 | No Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Old-fashioned Creamed Potatoes are one of the best potato side dishes around! These creamy potatoes require minimal ingredients and whip together quickly — plus they’re a great changeup from your typical mashed potatoes. Try some of our other favorite potato side dish recipes like smashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, or au gratin potatoes! What Is The Difference Between Mashed Potatoes And Creamed Potatoes? Mashed potatoes are, well, mashed into a smooth consistency while creamed potatoes retain their small cubed pieces and texture. Creamed potatoes are boiled and then tossed in a delicious, creamy sauce complete with a sprinkle of paprika. Creamed Potatoes My mother-in-law is practically famous for a dish that has claimed the name of “favorite potatoes” in our family. I don’t know that anyone follows any kind of formal recipe; all I know is that boiled potatoes get tossed with melted butter and sour cream. As far as I know, my mother-in-law ingeniously created it–and it certainly lives up to its name. This is one of the best potato side dishes and a total crowd favorite! As a complete potato fanatic, I always look forward to eating dinner with my in-laws since I know the absolute best potatoes will be on the table, And thanks to my mother-in-law, this side dish has now become a part of my own family tradition– not just my husband, but now the kids all request grandma’s potatoes! ❤️ What Potatoes Are Best For Creamed Potatoes? Our all-time favorite spuds are gold potatoes. They’re buttery smooth and creamy with a touch of sweetness, which is a nice offset to the sour cream. Gold potatoes (also called Yukon gold, Yukon, or yellow potatoes) are small to medium-sized potatoes with a light yellow flesh and delicate skin. The skin is so delicate in fact, that you can skip peeling them entirely. That said, we do usually peel the potatoes for this Creamed Potatoes recipe. Russet potatoes will also work here. If using this variety of potatoes, you’ll want to make sure they’re peeled. QUICK TIP To make a creamed new potatoes recipe: use new (also called baby) gold potatoes. New potatoes have a thin, wispy skin with a crisp waxy texture. These potatoes are harvested at a young age, and typically measure about 1 inch in diameter. Since they aren’t fully grown (essentially new potatoes are the baby version of any potato) they are a little sweeter. This is because their sugars haven’t fully converted into starch yet. For this recipe, you can boil whole new potatoes (or if they are on the larger side, cut in half or quarters). No need to peel them first! We prefer baby gold potatoes, but you could also use baby red potatoes for Red Creamed Potatoes. How To Make Creamed Potatoes Prep the potatoes. This takes some time! So turn on your favorite playlist or podcast and peel, rinse, and then chop ’em up. Boil. Add the potatoes to a pot and cover in cold water. See “quick tip” below! Remove ALL extra moisture. After straining the boiled potatoes, give the potatoes time to fully dry out — about 5-7 minutes– to avoid watery Creamed Potatoes. Just let them sit– the steam will dry them out. Toss potatoes in the cream sauce which is made up of two main ingredients — sour cream and butter. QUICK TIP When cooking potatoes, it’s always a good idea to start with cold water. Because potatoes are dense and require more time to cook all the way through, adding them to hot water will end up cooking the outsides faster than the insides. Unevenly cooked taters? No thanks! Tips For Making Old-Fashioned Creamed Potatoes Don’t forget salt and pepper. These two unassuming ingredients make a tremendous difference. Taste a few times before serving and make sure to adjust the salt and pepper to personal preference. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it! Use unsalted butter. The amount of salt in salted butter varies from brand to brand and sometimes package to package. To ensure you perfectly season these potatoes, I recommend unsalted butter. That way, the added salt is fully in your control. Use full-fat sour cream. Often, fat-free or lower-fat sour cream works, but not here. Lighter versions have a tendency to break or get watery in this Creamed Potato recipe. VARIATIONS Variations Make Creamed Potatoes and Peas by adding frozen peas to the boiling potato water 1 minute before draining. Garnish with thinly sliced green onions or chives. Make Ahead Of Time To save time prepping potatoes for a special dinner (especially around the holidays!) you can peel and chop the potatoes ahead of time. As soon as you’ve prepared the potatoes, add them to a large bowl and fully cover them in water to prevent browning. Cover tightly and store in the fridge for up to a day before boiling in this recipe. When ready to use the potatoes, drain them thoroughly before adding to a pot with new water. Serve These Creamed Potatoes Alongside: Pretty much any dish where you’d serve mashed or roasted potatoes on the side is a great place to feature Creamed Potatoes. We typically serve them alongside a meat main (like Pulled Pork, Grilled Chicken, a Flat Iron Steak, or Blackened Chicken) with a big Garden Salad or Roasted Vegetables. These potatoes are also a great addition for a holiday dinner. Add to your Thanksgiving or Christmas table along with Crockpot Turkey Breast, Sweet Potato Casserole, Thanksgiving Salad or Winter Salad, Thanksgiving Dressing, and the best, no-knead Dinner Rolls. Add to your Easter spread along with this Deviled Egg Recipe, Asparagus Salad, Roasted Asparagus, Cobb Salad, and these easy Drop Biscuits. FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Creamed Potatoes 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe Old-fashioned Creamed Potatoes are one of the best potato side dishes around! These creamy potatoes require minimal ingredients and whip together quickly -- plus they're a great changeup from your typical mashed potatoes. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Creamed Potatoes 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Old-fashioned Creamed Potatoes are one of the best potato side dishes around! These creamy potatoes require minimal ingredients and whip together quickly -- plus they're a great changeup from your typical mashed potatoes. Course Side Dish Cuisine American, Vegetarian Keyword creamed potatoes, creamed potatoes recipe Prep Time 25 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Total Time 35 minutes Servings 8 as a side Calories 331kcal Author Chelsea Lords Cost $5.23 Ingredients▢ 8 cups (3 lbs) gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces (Note 1)▢ 1 tablespoon fine sea salt▢ 1/2 cup unsalted butter▢ 2 teaspoons minced garlic▢ 1-1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt such as Lawry's▢ 1/2 teaspoon each: garlic powder and pepper▢ 1 container (16 oz.) full-fat sour cream (Note 2)▢ Paprika, for toppingUS - Metric USMetric InstructionsPOTATOES: Peel, wash, and dice potatoes into 1-inch cubes. Add to a large pot. Fully cover potatoes by 1-inch with cold water (about 8 cups) and bring to a boil over high heat. As soon as water begins to boil, add in 1 tablespoon fine sea salt. Stir. Boil until potatoes are tender and easily pierced with a fork, about 8-10 minutes. Drain potatoes, letting stand in strainer for 5 minutes to air dry. SAUCE: In the same pot, add butter and melt over medium-low heat. Once mostly melted, add in minced garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Whisk in garlic powder, pepper, and seasoned salt. Remove from heat and let slightly cool. Add in sour cream and whisk until incorporated and smooth. (It will look a little curdled at first, just keep stirring!). FINISH: Pour potatoes from strainer into pot and gently stir to coat. Taste and adjust seasonings to personal preference adding more salt if needed. Serve, sprinkling paprika on individual servings and enjoy! Video Recipe NotesNote 1: Potatoes: Gold potatoes (also called Yukon gold, Yukon, or yellow potatoes) are small to medium-sized potatoes with a light yellow flesh and delicate skin. The skin is so delicate in fact, that you can even skip peeling them. That said, we do usually peel the potatoes for this creamed potatoes recipe. Russet potatoes will also work here. If using this variety of potatoes, you'll want to make sure they're peeled. Note 2: Sour cream: Often, fat-free or lower-fat sour cream works, but not here. Lighter versions have a tendency to break or get watery in this creamed potato recipe. Nutrition FactsServing: 1serving | Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 29.2g | Protein: 4.7g | Fat: 22.6g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 1191.1mg | Fiber: 3.2g | Sugar: 3.2g We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.