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Mashed Potatoes

Rich and creamy Mashed Potatoes recipe, including tips and tricks on how to make mashed potatoes the BEST.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword mashed potatoes, mashed potatoes recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 387kcal
Author Chelsea


  • 3 pounds russet or Yukon gold potatoes (or a mix of the two!) peeled and cut into large cubes
  • 1 tablespoon fine sea salt
  • 2 bay leaves, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, mashed
  • 10 tablespoons (1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • Freshly cracked pepper and additional fine sea salt
  • Optional: fresh chives


  • Thoroughly wash and then peel the potatoes. Cube the potatoes into golf-ball-sized pieces.
  • Place in a strainer and rinse under cold water until the water comes out clear. Place in a large pot and cover with cold water. Add 1 tablespoon fine sea salt and 1 bay leaf; stir and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are fork-tender; about 15-20 minutes. When a potato can easily be pierced, drain the potatoes and make sure you get rid of ALL the extra moisture. Let them dry for about 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaf.
  • While potatoes are still hot, put them through a ricer and add back into the pot you cooked them in.
  • Meanwhile, melt 8 tablespoons butter on low heat in a saucepan. Add the bay leaf, and 2 cloves of garlic (mashed) if desired. Add in the heavy cream and sour cream. Once the mixture is combined and smooth, remove from the heat and discard the bay leaf and garlic. Alternatively, you can mince the garlic and add it to the finished potatoes for extra garlicky potatoes. (We like a barely garlic-infused mashed potato, so we discard it at this point.) Pour the butter mixture over the riced potatoes. Stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • If desired, add fresh chives to the top and the remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter. Serve hot.


Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 908mg | Potassium: 764mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 928IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg