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Bruce Bradley takes a closer look at what's really in those boxed mashed potatoes and shares his recipe for the BEST, Creamiest Mashed Potatoes Ever!

The BEST Creamy Classic Mashed Potatoes

Bruce Bradley
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Salads & Sides
Cuisine American
Servings 8 -10 servings


  • 3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 cloves minced garlic optional
  • 1 1/4 + half and half or milk and some cream if you prefer
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Garnish Options:

  • Butter sour cream, chives, grated cheese, or green onions


  • In a 8-quart pot boil water leaving enough room for the potatoes. Add salt and garlic (optional).
  • Scrub the potatoes to make sure they are clean and free from any dirt.
  • Quarter potatoes. Make sure the pieces are similarly sized to ensure even cooking.
  • Carefully place the potatoes in the boiling water and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork.
  • Drain potatoes into a colander reserving a little of the liquid (2 cups should be more than enough—you won't need to use it all).
  • Cool the potatoes for 5 minutes, then rice the potatoes back into your 8-quart pot. If you prefer you can use a potato masher instead of a ricer for a chunkier, skin-on style of mashed potatoes.
  • Add the half and half, butter, and mix together with a sturdy wooden spoon. Use the reserved water for extra flavor and to get the desired consistency ... or if you prefer, add more half & half for creamier mashed potatoes.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Garnish, serve and enjoy!


We recommend using organic ingredients when possible.
Don't use a mixer or over-beat the potatoes. Riced potatoes will come together quickly and make beautiful, creamy mashed potatoes.
If you want to prepare these potatoes in advance, cook and rice the potatoes. Once cooled, cover and set them aside or refrigerate overnight. When you're ready to prepare the potatoes, microwave the riced potatoes until warm. Gently heat the half and half / butter mixture on the stove and in a separate container, the reserved liquid from boiling the potatoes (this can also be done in the microwave). Follow the directions above.
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