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5 from 21 votes

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Perfect Mashed Potatoes. These potatoes come out perfectly creamy and buttery! These are sure to become your family favorite! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 243kcal
Author: Serene


  • 3 pounds potatoes russet or gold
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 ½ tsp salt


  • Peel and chop the potatoes. Potatoes should be cut to about 1 inch squares. 
  • Place potatoes in large pot, cover with water, add the minced garlic and sprinkle in some salt. 
  • Heat over medium high heat. Once boiling, allow the potatoes to simmer about 10-15 minutes until they are tender and easily mashed with a fork. 
  • Strain the water out, return the potatoes to the pot, place over low heat and cook while stirring the potatoes for another 1-2 minutes to help dry the potatoes.
  • Mash the potatoes using your desired method. 
  • Pour milk and butter into small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, just until the milk is warm. Do not bring to a boil. 
  • Add the warm milk mixture to the potatoes and stir together. Stir in sour cream and salt (add more salt to taste if needed). 



If potatoes are too thick you can add a bit more milk. Add in small amounts and mix in completely. 


Serving: 1 | Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 16mg