Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Did I call these perfect mashed potatoes? I think I really meant to call them beyond perfect mashed potatoes. Before you start assuming these are the most unhealthy mashed potatoes you’ll ever eat… they’re not that bad. I don’t throw a whole stick of butter in the pan, I don’t add a whole block of cream cheese, and no I don’t add sour cream.

Delicious mashed potatoes are possible without adding all of those things. I think my mashed potato recipe is just as good as the ones with all of the butter and cream cheese. BUT after eating my mashed potatoes you won’t need to put your fat pants on 😉

Perfect Mashed Potatoes | Creamy and delicious!

Mashed potatoes are my weakness! I’m picky about them… but then i’m not. I really make no sense. Put it this way if you’re making “homemade mashed potatoes” DO NOT use the flakey potatoes. I’ll admit it, I do eat the dehydrated potatoes from time to time BUT when I’m expecting homemade, don’t give me anything less. Especially during thanksgiving. That is one side dish you do not want to mess up on Thanksgiving.

Perfect Mashed Potatoes | Creamy and delicious!

Lucky for you, with my recipe everyone will be going back for seconds and thirds. So you might wanna triple or quadruple this recipe for the perfect mashed potatoes. I could probably eat a whole batch of these myself, but I do have some self control 😉 The fresh parsley is totally optional BUT it does add a nice touch.

With the pop of green from the parsley it really pulls the dish together. Without it I feel like the dish is unfinished… but that’s just me. Can you guess my secret ingredient in these perfect mashed potatoes? I’ll bet you can’t. My secret ingredient is what makes these potatoes so perfect. They’re even great without gravy!

Perfect Mashed Potatoes | Creamy and delicious!

I bet you still didn’t guess. Don’t worry, you’ll find out soon when you get to the ingredients. If you didn’t cheat and look there first BUT guessed correctly, I seriously need to hire you as an assistant. No joke 😉

Perfect Mashed Potatoes | Creamy and delicious!


Perfect Mashed Potatoes
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  1. 2 lbs. russet potatoes
  2. 1/4 cup butter
  3. 1/2 cup 2% milk
  4. 1/2 cup chicken broth
  5. 1/2 tsp. salt
  6. 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  7. fresh parsley, optional
  1. Peel your potatoes and chop up into uniform sizes.
  2. Drop your potatoes into a large pot and cover them with cold water.
  3. Heat potatoes on the stove until they start to boil.
  4. Once boiling cook for 10-15 minutes or until fork tender.
  5. In a small pot combine butter, milk, and chicken broth.
  6. Heat until butter is melted and the mixture is warm.
  7. Drain your potatoes and add them to a large bowl.
  8. Mash your potatoes however you wish (I use a hand mixer on low).
  9. Once there are no large clumps, using a spoon stir in the buttery mixture.
  10. DO NOT add all of the liquid.
  11. You'll want to add little by little until your desired texture is reached.
  12. (I had about 1/4 of the liquid left over)
  13. Stir in the salt and pepper and enjoy while warm.
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  • Reply
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen
    October 7, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Nice potatoes.

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      October 7, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      Thank you so much Renee!

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    Heather // girlichef
    October 7, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Well, I couldn’t guess just from looking, but I’m totally up for a big serving of them – they do look amazing! Chicken stock will go into my next batch, because now – how can I not try it!? 😉

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      Karissa Krishart
      October 7, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      Exactly! Hope you enjoy Heather 🙂

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    October 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    I thought for sure the secret ingredient was going to be Greek yogurt. I sometimes use that in mine. This is a great recipe for mashed. My husband and daughter would eat anything as long as mashed potatoes were along side.

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      Karissa Krishart
      October 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      I am just like your husband and daughter. Have you ever had the deep dish noodles at Bob Evans? It’s mashed potatoes and biscuits covered in chicken noodle soup 🙂 TO DIE FOR!

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    Crystal Barrett
    October 7, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    I am very picky about mine as well. And yuck! I don’t eat gritty potatoes anytime! They always have to be homeade. Usually I fatten mine up with lots of butter, sour cream, and garlic. Yours I need to try! SOund and look delicious!

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      Karissa Krishart
      October 7, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Garlic would be a great addition to these, crystal!

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    Stephanie @ Back For Seconds
    October 7, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    My grandpa always made the best mashed potatoes. Yours look so delicious!

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      October 7, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      Grandparents always make the best everything. Thank you Stephanie!

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    Amy @Very Culinary
    October 7, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    I would eat that entire bowl without coming up for air.

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      October 7, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      This made me laugh 🙂 BUT I couldn’t agree more!

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    Martha @ A Family Feast
    October 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Mashed potatoes are my favorite – and it’s amazing how hard it can be to get them just right…thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      October 7, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      I agree Martha! I could eat this recipe up in no time.

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    Lora @cakeduchess
    October 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    I love mashed potatoes and I’ve made it with stock before…it adds such a nice flavor. Your potatoes look perfect!!

    • Reply
      Karissa Krishart
      October 7, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      Thank you so much Lora!

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    October 7, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    There really is an art to making great homemade mashed potatoes and looks like you’ve nailed it! I’d take a serving of these any time, any day.

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    October 7, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    You would thing mashed potatoes are simple but there’s an art to it, isn’t it?! Seems like you mastered the art of simplicity here.

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    Ginny McMeans
    October 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Yes, your mashed potatoes look fantastic! They look so creamy and it is great they don’t need gravy!

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    Marjory @ Dinner-Mom
    October 7, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Yum! This is going to be a very popular post as the holidays approach!

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    Lauren kelly Nutrition
    October 7, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    These look incredible!

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    Jessica (Savory Experiments)
    October 7, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Aren’t mashed potatoes just fabulous? A blank canvas just waiting to be painted… great tips!

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    Paula - bell'alimento
    October 8, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Mashed potatoes are one of life’s simple pleasures. I use my stand mixer to whip mine into shape : )

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    Amanda @The Kitcheneer
    October 8, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    I think I could just dig in with my spoon now! My family would devour this! Love mashed potatoes!

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    Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella)
    October 8, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Where’s my bowl? I like to hand-mash my potatoes because I like some lumps. And these? They really do look perfect.

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    Angela {Mind Over Batter}
    October 8, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    I loves me some mashed potatoes! I’ve never tried using chicken broth. You just provided a whole new layer of flavor. Thanks!

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    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious
    October 8, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    These look so creamy!!! I love mashed potatoes but I always ruin them…I’m too impatient and don’t let the potatoes cook long enough so they always end up mealy.

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    kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox
    October 9, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    They look so creamy and satisfying….that melted pat of butter…oh, geez. 🙂

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    Melissa from
    October 10, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    oh yes! I big slab of butter is needed!

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