Go Back
+ servings
mashed potato in a serving dish with melted butter drizzling down the sides.

The Best Mashed Potatoes

This is my recipe for The Best Mashed Potatoes that I know. I make them week in and week out and the crowd always goes wild. Perfect comfort food for the family.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine English
Keyword mash, mashed potatoes, sides
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 128 kcal


  • 1 kg potatoes suitable for mash
  • 50 grams butter
  • 3 tbsp double cream heavy (American)
  • ½ scant tsp salt


  1. Peel and slice your potatoes into roughly 3 cm chunks. Place in a large saucepan and cover with water. I add a large pinch of salt in there too.

  2. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are really, really tender. I use a fork to check how tender they are.

  3. Drain the potatoes and leave to steam in the colander for a couple of minutes.

  4. Tip the potatoes back into the saucepan or into a mixing bowl and add the salt, butter and cream.

  5. If you're all about the  silky then you can warm the butter and cream together in a pan on the hob before pouring in. The heat increases the smoothness of the mash.

  6. To mash the potatoes I tend to use my trusty potato masher but in the name of even more smoothness you can use a potato ricer. This does give an immediate mash. But I find that as long as I cook my potatoes until they are almost falling apart then they are slurpily smooth with just the common old garden masher. Mash well until they are smooth and velvety.

  7. Season carefully with salt and serve immediately whilst still warm. You can always put it back on the heat to reheat if it has lost warmth. Stir with a wooden spoon so the mash doesn't catch on the bottom.

  8. Apply To Home Cook Heroine Face

Recipe Notes

  • Make sure you have the right potatoes for the mash job.
  • Cook the potatoes until really, really tender.
  • Always add the butter and cream. They take your mash to another level.
  • Heat your butter and cream if you are aiming for super smooth.
  • Use a potato ricer if you are again all about the smooth and velvety.
  • Season well with salt.

All nutritional guides are meant only as a guideline and are approximate.

Nutrition Facts
The Best Mashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 128 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 142mg6%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 478IU10%
Calcium 10mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.