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Simple Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Mashed potatoes on a green plate

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When we got married, we warned our caterer that Ukrainian people eat loads of mashed potatoes so we asked him to bring plenty to the reception. Our people tend to remember a wedding for its food, so if you run out of potatoes, or (heaven forbid) bread, your wedding will be remembered for it.

Here’s an easy recipe for basic mashed potatoes with butter and cream. We generally use whatever potatoes we have on hand (Russet or Yukon).

Ingredients for Basic Mashed Potatoes:

4 lb Russet or Yukon potatoes
2 cloves of garlic
2 bay leaves
1 Tbsp of salt
1/2 stick (4 Tbsp) of butter
1 cup of heavy cream
1/4 cup of sour cream

How to make Mashed Potatoes:

1. Wash and peel potatoes, peel and pierce garlic with the knife.

Peeled potatoes, three garlic cloves and bay leaves on a wooden cutting board

2. Cut potatoes into quarters and add them to the pot.

Peeled and cut potatoes in a pot

3. Fill the pot with cold water, just enough to cover potatoes, add garlic, two bay leaves and one Tbsp of salt.
Cover  the pot with a lid and bring water to boil, than cook for around 20 min on medium-high heat.
You may need to decrease temperature to keep the potatoes at a light boil. Check potatoes for softness with a knife or a fork, if it goes through easy – they are done.

A pot with water, garlic cloves, bay leaves and pieces of potatoes

4. Remove cooked potatoes from heat and drain well. Remove and discard garlic cloves and bay leaves.

Cooked potatoes in a pot

5. Roughly mash potatoes, than add melted butter, heavy cream and sour cream while
continuing to mash everything till desired consistency. And your potatoes are ready.

Potatoes being mashed by hand in a potIngredients for simple mashed potatoes on a wooden cutting board

Simple Mashed Potatoes Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Mashed potatoes on a green plate
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $5
Keyword: Simple Mashed Potatoes
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 4 lb Russet or Yukon potatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1/2 stick 4 Tbsp of butter
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream

Instructions

  1. Wash and peel potatoes, peel and pierce garlic with the knife.
  2. Cut potatoes into quarters and add them to the pot.
  3. Fill the pot with cold water, just enough to cover potatoes, add garlic, two bay leaves and one tbsp of salt.
  4. Cover the pot with a lid and bring water to boil, than cook for around 20 min on medium-high heat. You may need to decrease temperature to keep the potatoes at a light boil. Check potatoes for softness with a knife or a fork, if it goes through easy - they are done.
  5. Remove cooked potatoes from heat and drain well. Remove and discard garlic cloves and bay leaves.
  6. Roughly mash potatoes, than add melted butter, heavy cream and sour cream while continuing to mash everything till desired consistency. Your potatoes are ready.

 

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  • Cynthia Kandi
    December 19, 2019

    Delicious !
    I have to bring mine to a Christmas dinner an hour away how to I keep them home.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 19, 2019

      Hi Cynthia! If we do that I would wrap the pot in towels and foil to keep the heat in for transport. One of our readers reported great results keeping it warm in a slow cooker on low heat. I hope that helps

      Reply

      • Cynthia Kandi
        December 24, 2019

        Thanks so much

        Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          December 24, 2019

          You’re welcome!

          Reply

  • Jenny
    March 9, 2016

    The best mashed potatoes ever!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 9, 2016

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review.

      Reply

  • Eve@BlueRidgeRunner
    November 26, 2015

    These are the best mashed potatoes ever. Better than my mom’s -may she rest in peace. My husband and I made them today for Thanksgiving for just the two of us, and I can’t wait to make it for Christmas when our family gets together. I absolutely love you web-site.

    Eve

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 26, 2015

      Eve, thank you for such a nice review and have a great Thanksgiving!

      Reply

  • Vika
    November 22, 2014

    Really good and simple recipe. Made it your way twice 😉

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 22, 2014

      Thank you for the great review Vika, enjoy :).

      Reply

  • Gracie
    May 23, 2014

    Hi. I’m having a hard time lookong for heavy cream (heavy whipped cream). Can I use fresh whipping cream instead?

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 23, 2014

      Fresh whipping cream is the same thing; absolutely! 🙂

      Reply

      • Gracie
        May 27, 2014

        Thanks. Will use the fresh whipping cream then. Still 1 cup?

        Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          May 27, 2014

          Yes 🙂

          Reply

  • Allochka
    November 6, 2013

    Lol Natasha! We pulled it off with only appetizers! 😉 🙂 When we were getting married we were both young and broke and do in love so…. Appetizers had to do it 😉 🙂

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 6, 2013

      Nice! That’s brilliant. I’m sure everyone went home satisfied. Appetizers are so much fun.

      Reply

  • Elina (Russian Bites)
    March 29, 2011

    Haha, so true! My (Russian) parents thought spending money on decor for our wedding was a waste of money… as long as there was good food (and drinks!) that’s all they cared about. Well we had both and it was a blast 🙂
    My husband is always making fun of all the potatoes used in nearly every Russian dish. I love it. 😀

    Reply

    • Natasha
      March 29, 2011

      That’s what the older generation seems to remember most about a wedding. At least we Russian/Ukrainian people have the best food at our weddings 🙂 It’s shocking for “our people” to go to a wedding with only appetizers. I don’t know any Russian person brave enough to pull that off 🙂

      Reply

    • Natasha
      March 29, 2011

      I’ve been checking out your site – how long have you been blogging? Great blog!

      Reply

      • Elina (Russian Bites)
        March 29, 2011

        Just started Russian Bites last fall but I’ve been blogging on my other blog (www.healthyandsane.com) for about 2.5 years 🙂

        Reply

        • Natasha
          March 29, 2011

          You’re a busy lady – running 2 blogs! I’m hardly keeping up with 1 🙂

          Reply

  • Irina
    March 21, 2011

    Being Ukrainian I think that we had potatoes every night for dinner and any function we attended. Your recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Reply

  • Joe in N Calif
    March 17, 2011

    Hmmmm….infusing the water with bay and garlic…hmmmm…..

    Reply

    • Natasha
      March 19, 2011

      My husband is the mastermind behind that idea. He usually makes the mashed potatoes.

      Reply

      • Joe in N Calif
        March 19, 2011

        It just got my mind working on the possibilities of using infusions like that to give a subtle hint of flavor rather than a smack in the face.

        Reply

        • Natasha
          March 19, 2011

          I like how you think! Let me know what you come up with.

          Reply

          • Joe in N Calif
            March 19, 2011

            Thank you! I’m also thinking that something like this

            might be useful. I’ve used the jumbo sized ones for bouquet garni (I hate dealing with string or cheese cloth).

            And I’m also thinking that a few crushed juniper berries and a leaf of sage in with the potatoes would be right tasty next to a pork roast or roast chicken.

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