How to Make the Best Mashed Potatoes

Best Mashed Potatoes

Contributor: Emily Dingmann

You want the very best mashed potatoes without having to try a gazillion recipes. That’s why we did the hard work for you! This is, indeed, the very best mashed potato recipe out there.

  • Author: Emily Dingmann
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


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  • 3 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 tsp. salt, divided
  • 8 Tbsp. cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup whole milk, warmed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Optional: pepper


  1. Scrub potatoes to remove any dirt. Peel potatoes and cut into 1 inch pieces.
  2. In large pot, add potatoes, garlic and 1 teaspoon of salt. Cover with cold water, an inch above potatoes.
  3. Cook over medium high heat and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and cook for about 10 more minutes, or until potatoes are soft.
  4. Drain potatoes, add back to pot, and mash with cold, cubed butter until smooth.
  5. Stir in warm milk and sour cream until incorporated.
  6. Season with remaining 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper if desired.