The Best Mashed Potatoes!

There are a few skills in life that everyone needs to learn, tying your shoes, learning to read and write, and making mashed potatoes from scratch! Well, if you don’t already know how to make them, here is a quick and easy recipe that stands very well on its own, but is also a great base in order to add in your own favorite flavors! This recipe will serve 6, or four potato crazy people.

Let’s get into it, I’m getting hungry just thinking about these creamy, dreamy potatoes!


  • 7 potatoes (I went with an old standby- the russet)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 tbsp ranch powder (optional, but so so good)


-Wash and peel potatoes and cut into quarters.


-Place into a large pot and cover with water, add 1 teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil.

-Once at a boil, cover loosely and turn heat to medium/low and let them simmer away for 20 minutes.

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-Drain well and return to pot. *Very Important Julia Child tip* while the taters are back in the pot get the heat back to medium/ low for 1-2 minutes to shake out the extra moisture.


-Start mashing!

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-Once all taters are mashed add butter, salt, ranch powder, pepper and your milk (which can be heated up in microwave for 15-20 seconds to prevent taters from getting cold).

-Combine to your desired creamy consistency!


For those who like to be a little extra with their potatoes (and who doesn’t?!) you can mix in cream cheese of any flavor. My vote is for an onion and chive cream cheese! Another great option would be a big ole dollop of sour cream. You could mix in some fresh chives or green onions for a bright crunch! One can. Never go wrong with bacon and cheese of course! The list goes on and on!!

Let me know down below what kind of extra mixing your like to add in your mashed potatoes!

Until next time my fellow foodies!


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