Old Fashioned Mashed Potatoes Recipe From Scratch

This old fashioned mashed potatoes recipe is so simple yet so divine. The fluffy texture becomes creamy with the addition of melted butter and warm cream. This recipe is easy to follow and tastes like home. You’ll be sure to go back for seconds!

bowl of mashed potatoes with a square of butter melting and a wooden spoon beside it
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This old fashioned mashed potatoes recipe is the perfect side dish to complement your holiday meal. With its creamy simplicity, it’ll let the main entree, sourdough dinner rolls, and holiday punch shine through while still being full of flavor.

Just last night I whipped up a batch of these mashed potatoes for supper. I use my recipes often and love how they’re published here on my website rather than on notecards in the junk drawer. Be sure to print the recipe card at the bottom of this blog post and save it to Pinterest for easy access later!

Old Fashioned Mashed Potatoes Recipe Inspiration

I’ve been enjoying homemade mashed potatoes my entire life. My mom, grandma, and relatives all made this delicious dish from scratch. The only problem is I come from a long line of home cooks who don’t measure or use recipes. So I wanted to create one to share with the world.

If you have a spot on your Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter menu, do yourself a favor and pencil this recipe in! P.S. it’s 100 times better for you too compared to those premade, prepackaged versions in the store.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s so much healthier for you than premade
  • Simple and easy recipe to make
  • Fluffy and creamy textures throughout
  • It’s the perfect side for any meal especially during the holidays
bowl of mashed potatoes topped with melted butter
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Tips for Making the Mashed Potatoes

  • Always rinse your chunks of potatoes twice before boiling to remove starch.
  • Let your pot come to a boil then place the lid on top to cook.
  • Mash your potatoes first before adding butter and milk.
  • Always heat butter, milk, and seasoning on the stovetop before adding into potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 4 large (or 5 small) russet potatoes
  • water for rinsing and boiling
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp butter (I love grass-fed)
  • 1/4 cup cream (I use homemade cashew cream)

How to Make Old Fashioned Mashed Potatoes

  1. Rinse dirt off of potatoes, peel, and slice into medium-sized cubes/chunks.
  2. Add potato cubes to a pot and rinse 2x with water, draining in between.
  3. Fill pot of potatoes with fresh water about 2 inches above potato cubes.
  4. Bring pot to a boil over medium-high heat.
  5. After boiling place on the lid, turn temperature down to medium-low, and cook for 15 minutes (fork or spoon will easily slice through potato when fully cooked).
  6. Drain cooked potatoes and pour into a dish or glass bowl.
  7. Use a potato masher or electric hand mixer to mash potatoes until desired texture, and sit aside.
  8. Add butter, cream, salt, and pepper to the empty pot just used to cook potatoes and heat over medium on the stovetop for 2 minutes. Stir to combine
  9. Pour melted butter mixture into mashed potatoes and stir with a spoon just until combined.
  10. Serve and enjoy!

Kitchen Tools for This Recipe

Storing Leftovers

Place cooled leftover mashed potatoes in an air-tight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Ways to Serve this Old Fashioned Mashed Potatoes Recipe

My favorite way to serve old-fashioned mashed potatoes is topped with homemade brown gravy. It’s a pairing that goes back generations but never gets old.

butter and cream mixture being poured into mashed potatoes
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Recipe FAQ

This section is full of frequently asked questions to help answer some of your concerns. If you don’t find an answer you’re looking for please ask in the comment section below this post!

What not to do with mashed potatoes?

Don’t forget to rinse your potato cubes before cooking. Never overmix potatoes or they’ll get gummy. Also, don’t add cold butter or milk before heating. Lastly, use russet or Yukon Gold potatoes for the best texture, and don’t cut the cubes too small when prepping.

Why add butter before milk in mashed potatoes?

It’s important to melt your butter before adding milk or cream so it’ll all combine consistently.

How many potatoes should you make per person for mashed potatoes?

When serving mashed potatoes as a side dish, you’ll want to use 1/2 pound of potatoes per person. A 5 pound bag will serve 10 people and 1 pound of potatoes will serve 2 people.

How many potatoes are 1 pound?

About 3 potatoes make up 1 pound. This will feed two people as a side dish.

What makes better mashed potatoes?

Using the right potatoes, russet, or Yukon Gold, adding warm butter and milk, as well as refraining from overmixing makes the best mashed potatoes.

Should you soak potatoes in water before boiling for mashed potatoes?

You don’t need to soak the potatoes before boiling but you do need to rinse them twice to remove excess starch.

Are Russet or Yukon Gold better for mashed potatoes?

They’re both great potatoes to use for mashed potatoes. I prefer russet to achieve the most fluffy texture.

Is it cheaper to make your own mashed potatoes?

It is so much cheaper to make your own mashed potatoes at home. You probably already have salt, pepper, butter, and milk or cream in your house. That means you just need potatoes!

Buying premade at the store gives you less and costs more due to the labor you’re paying for it being already made.

How do you make mashed potatoes fluffy and not gluey?

Use only russet or Yukon Gold potatoes, refrain from overmixing, and use warm butter and milk to keep mashed potatoes fluffy.

Can you freeze mashed potatoes?

You can freeze mashed potatoes just be sure to cool them completely and store them in a freezer-safe bag or container. They’ll last up to 1 month in the freezer.

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bowl of mashed potatoes with a square of butter melting and a wooden spoon beside it

Old Fashioned Mashed Potatoes

Molly LaFontaine of Plum Branch Home
This old fashioned mashed potatoes recipe is so simple yet so divine. This recipe is easy to follow and tastes like home.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 3 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 4 large or 5 small russet potatoes
  • water for rinsing and boiling
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp butter I love grass-fed
  • 1/4 cup cream I use homemade cashew cream

Instructions
 

  • Rinse dirt off of potatoes, peel, and slice into medium-sized cubes/chunks.
  • Add potato cubes to a pot and rinse 2x with water, draining in between.
  • Fill pot of potatoes with fresh water about 2 inches above potato cubes.
  • Bring pot to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • After boiling place on the lid, turn temperature down to medium-low, and cook for 15 minutes (fork or spoon will easily slice through potato when fully cooked).
  • Drain cooked potatoes and pour into a dish or glass bowl
  • Use a potato masher or electric hand mixer to mash potatoes until desired texture, and sit aside.
  • Add butter, cream, salt, and pepper to the empty pan just used to cook potatoes and heat over medium on the stovetop for 1-2 minutes. Stir to combine
  • Pour melted butter mixture into mashed potatoes and stir with a spoon just until combined.
  • Serve and enjoy!
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  1. 5 stars
    Fluffy and delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹
    Great flavor by them self or with Plum Branch Home homemade gravy recipe (I like gravy on mine)!