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Mashed potatoes – a timeless comfort food enjoyed by people of all ages. They’re the perfect side dish for countless meals, from roasted meats to stews and everything in between. But sometimes, the basic recipe just doesn’t cut it. You crave something richer, creamier, something that elevates the humble potato to new heights. That’s where this recipe comes in – mashed potatoes infused with the luxurious decadence of heavy cream.

This guide will take you through everything you need to know to create the perfect pot of creamy mashed potatoes: from selecting the right potatoes to achieving that smooth, dreamy texture. We’ll also provide some helpful tips and tricks to ensure your potatoes are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe (VIDEO) - NatashasKitchen
Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe (VIDEO) – NatashasKitchen

So, grab your pot, your whisk, and get ready to experience mashed potatoes like never before!

Choosing the Right Potatoes

The foundation of any great mashed potato recipe is the potato itself. Not all potatoes are created equal, and some varieties are simply better suited for mashing than others. Here’s what you want to look for:

Starchy Potatoes: These are the key to achieving that smooth and creamy texture. Look for varieties like Russet potatoes, Yukon Golds, or Idaho potatoes. These potatoes are high in starch, which breaks down during cooking, creating a fluffy and creamy mash.

  • Avoid Waxy Potatoes: Potatoes like red potatoes or new potatoes are lower in starch and tend to hold their shape better. This makes them ideal for dishes like potato salad or roasted potatoes, but not the best choice for creamy mashed potatoes.

  • Ingredients (serves 4-6)

    4 pounds Russet potatoes (or Yukon Golds, Idaho potatoes)

  • 4-6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk (or additional heavy cream for extra richness)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • Chopped fresh chives (for garnish, optional)

  • Step-by-Step Instructions

    1. Prep the Potatoes: Wash the potatoes thoroughly under running water. You can peel them if you prefer a smoother mash, but leaving the skins on adds a bit of extra texture and nutrients. Cut the potatoes into evenly sized cubes – roughly 1-inch in size. This helps ensure even cooking.

    2. Boil the Potatoes: In a large pot, add the potatoes and enough water to cover them by about an inch. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork-tender. You can test this by inserting a fork into a potato cube. If it pierces easily with no resistance, they’re done.

    3. Drain and Mash: Drain the potatoes thoroughly in a colander. Return the drained potatoes back to the pot. Using a potato masher or hand mixer (on low speed to avoid over-mashing), mash the potatoes until mostly smooth.

    Tip: For an extra-smooth mash, you can use a ricer instead of a masher. A ricer forces the potatoes through a fine mesh, resulting in a silky-smooth texture.

    4. Incorporate the Cream and Butter: While the potatoes are still hot, add the butter and heavy cream. Mash again until fully incorporated, ensuring there are no lumps of butter remaining. Gradually add the milk, a little at a time, until you reach your desired consistency.

    Tip: Start with less milk and add more as needed. It’s easier to add moisture than take it away, so err on the side of caution.

    5. Seasoning: Season the mashed potatoes with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder (if using) to taste. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

    6. Serve and Enjoy: Gently fold in chopped fresh chives (optional) for a touch of color and freshness. Serve your creamy mashed potatoes immediately alongside your favorite main dish.

    Nutritional Facts (per serving)

    This is an approximate nutritional breakdown for one serving of mashed potatoes made with the ingredients listed above. Please note that actual values may vary depending on the specific ingredients used and portion size.

    Calories: 350-400

  • Fat: 20-25 grams (saturated fat: 10-15 grams)
  • Carbohydrates: 40-45 grams
  • Protein: 5-7 grams
  • Sodium: 400-500mg (depending on added salt)

  • Conclusion