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How To Make Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a favourite side dish for many. They can be served as an accompaniment to many popular foods, including sausages, steak, fish, or chicken dishes.

What You Need To Make Mashed Potatoes

ingredients for mashed potato

To make 4 servings:

  • 1 kg Maris Piper or King Edward potatoes
  • 150ml milk – I prefer to use full fat, but you can use semi-skimmed too
  • 50g butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Large saucepan
  • Potato masher or whisk

Peel the potatoes and chop them into similar sized chunks.

chopped potato for mash

Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil and add the chopped up potatoes. Boil for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.

Drain the water using a colander and return the potatoes to the saucepan.

melting butter in mashed potatoes

Add the butter, milk, and some salt and pepper. Mash everything together with a potato masher until smooth.

If required, add some more milk to make a smoother mash.

What Are The Best Potatoes For Mashed Potato?

Maris Piper and King Edward are suitable varieties to use for mashed potatoes. Floury potatoes are the best type of potato to use as they tend to have a higher starch content. Potatoes with more starch will break down more efficiently and be easier to mash.

Try to avoid using waxy potatoes as these won’t break down as well.

mashed potatoes in a saucepan

How To Make Creamy Mashed Potato

Adding butter and milk will result in a creamy mashed potato; however, for a more indulgently creamy mash, you can add some cream or replace the milk with the cream.

How To Make Cheesy Mashed Potato

After mashing the boiled potatoes, add some grated cheese and stir in until melted. You can use any cheese that melts well – Cheddar, Gouda and Mozzarella are all excellent options.

Can You Make Mashed Potato In A Microwave?

Mashed potatoes can be made in the microwave. Add the peeled and chopped potatoes to a safe microwave bowl and cook on high for about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring regularly. When the potatoes are soft (you should be able to pierce them with a fork), add the milk and butter as per this recipe and mash.

How Long Will Mashed Potato Keep In The Fridge?

Mashed potatoes can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Can You Freeze Mashed Potatoes?

Mashed potatoes can also be frozen. Cook the potatoes as per this recipe and cool down before transferring them to a freezer bag or freezer-proof container. Mashed potatoes can be kept in a freezer for up to 6 months.

Reheating Mashed Potato

You can reheat mashed potato in a saucepan on the hob; just place the mashed potato in the pan and cook on low heat until cooked through.

You can also reheat mashed potatoes in a microwave. Place in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on low power for about 5 minutes.

What To Eat With Mashed Potatoes

Leftover Mashed Potato Recipes

  • Mashed Potato Fries
  • Potato Cakes
  • Potato Waffles
  • Bubble and Squeak
  • Potato Pancakes

I hope you enjoy this mashed potato recipe! What’s your favourite way to enjoy mashed potatoes?

Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Mashed Potatoes

Yield: 4

Mashed potatoes is a classic side dish that be enjoyed with many main meals.


  • 1 kg Maris Piper or King Edward potatoes
  • 150ml milk*
  • 50g butter
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Fill a large saucepan with water and a little salt. Bring to the boil.
  2. In the meantime, wash and peel the potatoes. Chop them into equal-sized chunks.
  3. Once the water is boiling, add the potatoes and boil for 15 minutes, or until they are soft (you should be able to insert a knife or fork through one easily).
  4. Drain the water from the potatoes and immediately add the butter and milk. Use a potato masher to mash everything together until smooth. You may need to add a little extra milk if the consistency isn't smooth enough for you.
  5. Optionally grate in some cheese, crushed garlic, extra salt and pepper.


*You can use full fat or semi-skimmed milk. For a creamier mashed potato, you can substitute the milk for cream.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 342Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 197mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 6gSugar: 5gProtein: 8g

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