A bowl of creamy mashed potatoes with a slice of butter, and a large serving spoon.
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Mashed Potatoes

Perfect creamy, fluffy, and flavorful mashed potatoes! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 240kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


  • 5 medium Russet potatoes , peeled, or skin on
  • 1/4 cup butter , room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon paste , paste, or dry
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cups evaporated milk , warmed (or use cream or half and half)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste


  • Cut potatoes in half and place in a large pot with about 4 inches of water (they don't need to be completely covered). Cover pot with a lid, and cook, covered, until fork tender, about 15-20 minutes. You don't want them "mushy" or falling apart.
  • Drain water completely from pot and leave potatoes in the pot, covered with a lid, for about 10 minutes. This gives them time to dry out, which helps them to be extra fluffy.
  • Remove lid and add butter, chicken bouillon, evaporated milk, sour cream and salt and pepper.
  • Mash with a potato masher. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed, or more milk, until they are creamy, fluffy and smooth. 
  • I use an electric mixer to beat them on medium speed for about 30 seconds, until light and fluffy. But, be careful not to over-mix them or they will get starchy and gummy.
  • Serve warm.



*I use Better then bouillon base (chicken flavor).
To make ahead:
Add a little extra milk to make sure they're really soft and not too thick. (The potatoes will absorb moisture as they rest.) Spoon mixture into a casserole dish or large tupperware. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 days.
Remove from fridge 1 hour before baking. Taste and add additional seasonings as needed, or milk, to make sure theya re nice and soft. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until warm.
You could also reheat them in a saucepan on the stove, or in the microwave. 


Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 786mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 10.3mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1.5mg