Fluffy mashed potatoes melt in your mouth, and with just four ingredients, are as easy to make as they are delicious!
Like little clouds on your plate. That's what the perfect mashed potatoes taste like. Then drizzle them with gravy and oh-my-goodness it's heaven. These creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes are as simple to make as they are delicious, and basic enough that you can add amazing flavor variations.
Russet Potatoes are my go-to for Fluffy Mashed Potatoes.
When making fluffy or loaded mashed potatoes, I prefer using russet potatoes. They seem to have a smoother and richer texture than waxy potatoes, which in my opinion, makes all the difference.
Always melt your butter and heat your milk before mixing them into the potatoes!
After boiling the potatoes in salted water, make sure to drain them well. We will eventually put lots of moisture back (in the form of milk and butter). One of my biggest tricks to making creamy mashed potatoes is not adding cold milk and butter to the hot potatoes. Instead, heat the milk and melt the butter before adding them in. This keeps the potatoes hot!
Use a potato ricer to smash the potatoes. You can also use a potato masher, or a hand mixer, but a potato ricer will give you the smoothest, fluffy mashed potatoes. Then whip in the warm milk and butter and you've got the best side dish ever!
That’s it. Can you believe how easy?!
How to make Fluffy Mashed Potatoes:
- Boil potatoes until tender (not falling apart)
- Drain completely
- In a mixing bowl, beat potatoes until finely crumbled
- Add melted butter, warmed milk and salt
- Beat until smooth
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Fluffy Mashed Potatoes
- 5 lbs russet potatoes peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
- 2 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for boiling potatoes
- ¾ cup whole milk heated, plus more as needed
- 5 tablespoon unsalted butter softened
- Place potatoes in a large pot, cover with cold water by 2 inches and bring to a boil; add salt Simmer until fork-tender but not falling apart, about 30 min; drain
- Transfer potatoes to a large mixer bowl and, using whisk attachment, beat on medium speed until finely crumbled. Add milk, butter and 2 teaspoon salt; beat until just smooth, adding more milk as need for a light, creamy texture.
- I love using russet potatoes for fluffy mashers. Waxy potatoes are delicious, but they don't have the same fluffy texture. They are smooth and rich, but a very different situation
- Start the potatoes in cold water. Be sure to start cooking the potatoes from cold water and bring up to a boil. This is a professional cooking method to make sure the potatoes cook evenly and don't overcook.
- Boil in salted water. Just like pasta, boil the potatoes in salted water, this helps season the potatoes while they cook!
- Heat the milk and butter. Be sure to warm the milk and butter before stirring into the hot potatoes, this ensures a fluffy and creamy texture.
- Drain the potatoes well. After boiling the potatoes, be sure to drain them well, this helps keep excess water out of the potatoes that could make them thin or runny.
- Use a hand mixer. No ricer or potato masher needed here, use a hand mixer for perfect results every time.
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