Last Updated on February 16, 2023 by Betty Davies
When it comes to comforting potato side dishes, mashed potato has to be right up there! Easy to make, these best homemade mashed potato recipes are delicious variations on a classic. This list of tried and tested recipes are simple ways to elevate this loved side, and includes dairy-free and vegan options too. Perfect to serve up as part of an easy weeknight meal, but tasty and fancy enough to serve at Christmas, Thanksgiving and family celebrations too. Be sure to bookmark this must have list of mashed potato recipe and get all the top tips to make the perfect mash every single time.
Buttery and creamy, simple mashed potatoes make for a delicious and easy potato side dish that works great with all of your favorite main meals. This list of recipes include super tasty variations on this classic that are easy to pair with easy, and fancy, dinners for any occassion.
Be sure to grab all of my top tips to make the best homemade mashed potato for the perfect side every single time!
Make Ahead, Storage and Reheating
Mashed potatoes are of course delicious to eat as soon as they are made, but they are a great option for a make ahead side dish, making them and excellent option for big feasts like Thanksgiving and Christmas when your kitchen is at it’s busiest.
Once you have made your mash, let it cool completely before storing in an air tight container for up to 3 to 5 days. You can reheat it straight from the fridge.
Although potatoes don’t usually do great when frozen, mashed potatoes are an exception, as long as they have been prepared with milk or cream and butter as this helps to protect them. Frozen mashed potatoes will keep well for up to 6 months. They should be thawed fully in the fridge before reheating.
The best way to reheat mashed potatoes is in a pot on a stovetop. Heat them on a low medium heat, stirring occasionally so that they don’t stick and warm through evenly. You may need to add a little milk or cream to the pot during the reheating to loosen them back up, as they will absorb moisture as they sit.
You can reheat them in a microwave if you prefer. Reheat in 1 minute increments, stirring in between, til heated through.
Frequently Asked Questions
Starchy potatoes like Russets or Yukon Golds will make the lightest and fluffiest mashed potatoes. In the list below, you will fined a recipe for waxy red skinned potato mash. Waxy potatoes make a heavier mash, but they have a wonderfully creamy texture.
If I’m feeling particularly lazy, I will skip peeling my potatoes and just give them a good scrub to remove any loose dirt. The skins will add texture, so, if you prefer a smooth mash then you will need to peel them first. The skins are totally edible and also contain more fiber and nutrients, so it definitely won’t do any harm if you skip peeling them.
This depends on how large your potato chunks are, but it’s best to allow for 15 to 20 minutes. Use a fork to check when they are cooked through, they should be tender but not falling apart. Overcooked potatoes can lead to a dry mash.
Tips to Make the Best Mashed Potatoes
- Don’t cut the potatoes too small as they will absorb to much liquid which can lead to watery mash.
- Place the potatoes in a large pot of cold water to cook them, then bring them up to boiling. If you place the potatoes straight into boiling water, they won’t cook through evenly.
- Salt the water that you are boiling the potatoes in. As they cook, the potatoes will absorb the flavor so you won’t have a bland taste.
- The potatoes are ready to be drained when they are fork tender, but not falling apart.
- Warm the butter and milk before mashing the potatoes. The potatoes will absorb them much easier when warm leading to a more flavorful mash.
- Mash the potatoes while they are still hot, it’s best not to boil them until you are ready to make the whole recipe.
- If making ahead of time, let the potatoes cool fully before storing them covered in the fridge or freezer.
The Best Homemade Mashed Potato Recipes
What to Serve with Mashed Potatoes
These homemade mashed potato recipes are so versatile! They are great to serve as part of an everyday family meal, but certainly won’t be out of place at your Thanksgiving or Christmas table.
- Roast Turkey Breast
- Red Wine Marinated Steak
- Maple and Apple Pork Chops
- Whole Roasted Chicken
- Steak and Stilton Pie
- Honey Lemon Salmon
Mashed potatoes also work wonderfully served with gravy. Serve them up with some sausages and red onion gravy for a real comfort food treat, or try them with my mushroom gravy or bacon dripping gravy. However you serve mash, it’s always a favorite!
More Potato Side Dishes
- Roasted Pesto Baby Potatoes
- Portuguese Peri Peri Roasted Potatoes
- Creamy Cajun Potato Salad
- Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes
- Garlic Parmesan Potato Stacks
- Air Fryer Potato Gratin
If you’ve tried any of these homemade mashed potato recipes, be sure to leave a comment below!