the perfect classic creamy mashed potatoes

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The perfect classic creamy mashed potatoes are fluffy, soft, super simple, and heavenly good.

It is one of the most popular dishes for eating potatoes, after fries- mashed potatoes. We love a good creamy mashed potato in our household. They are an allrounder. You can serve a big bowl on any occasion, and it can be eaten with anything. I have many variations on making mashed potatoes, but this is the basic variation that everyone will love. Sometimes I add carrots, garlic, or many herbs, but this is a recipe everyone should have in their home.

ingredients for the perfect creamy mashed potatoes

  • Potatoes.

    I recommend using Russet potatoes. But any other potato works well too. The mashed potatoes turn out perfect with Russet potatoes.
  • Milk.

    I always use whole cow’s milk. The milk has to be cold.
  • Butter.

    High-quality non-salted butter. Add less salt to the mixture if you have salted butter at home.
  • Salt.

  • Olive oil.

    A little bit of high-quality virgin olive oil works wonders.
the perfect traditional mashed potatoes recipe

tips on how to make the mashed potatoes

  • Peel the potatoes.

    You don’t have to peel the potatoes; I just find it better for a classic creamy, fluffy mashed potato. When you leave the skin on, it will have skin parts in between, which I do not recommend for this traditional mashed potato recipe.
  • Cook the potatoes.

    Add the potatoes to a large pot and fill it with water. Cook the potatoes until they are soft and fall apart.
  • Remove the potatoes from the water.

    Remove the potatoes from the water and add them immediately to a bowl. The following steps are key to a successful recipe.
  • Use cold milk.

    The milk must be very cold for the mashed potatoes to have a perfect consistency. Add the milk to the potatoes.
  • Use cold butter.

    The butter will melt right away while mixing everything.
  • Mix everything on high speed until smooth.

    You have to mix everything at high speed; the consistency will change if not.
  • Garnish with olive oil.

    I love this step and never leave it out. You will have a touch of an olive oil flavor that harmonizes perfectly with the other ingredients.

the perfect traditional mashed potatoes recipe


the perfect classic creamy mashed potatoes

the perfect classic creamy mashed potatoes

Preptime: 5min

Cooktime: 30min



Ingredients for the recipe:
2tbspolive oil
  1. Peel and wash the potatoes.
  2. Cut the potatoes into evenly-sized parts. Add all the potato chunks to a pot.
  3. Fill the pot with cold water (the potatoes need to swim in the water) and put it on medium-high speed on the stove.
  4. Add salt to the pot and bring it to a boil.
  5. Cook the potatoes until they are soft and fall apart. You can check them with a fork. If the knife inserted in the middle of a potato goes in quickly, the potatoes are done. It depends on how big the chunks of the potatoes are, but it will need about 25 minutes until they are done.
  6. Remove the potatoes from the water and add them to a bowl immediately. This step is crucial. The potatoes have to be very hot when mixing.
  7. Add the cold milk, salt, and butter to the bowl and mix everything together on high speed until the ingredients are well combined, and the mixture is fluffy and creamy.
  8. Serve in a bowl or plate.
  9. Garnish with olive oil and, if you want, with Italian oregano.
  10. ENJOY!

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Hi, welcome to my Food blog! My name is Coco. I’m 27 years old. You can call me the lucky one for marrying my soulmate, best friend and biggest cheerleader. My greatest blessing is being the mother of a beautiful girl and a baby boy. I spent the first 6 years of my life in the Dominican Republic. My family then moved to Germany, where I still live.

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