Best Mashed Potatoes

Creamy and butter-y mashed potatoes that require only 4 ingredients. These homemade (from scratch) mashed potatoes are a favorite basic family recipe that always fires up the taste buds.

Best mashed potatoes recipe - only 4 ingredients

We all know there are two types of mashed potatoes – one that make you want to lick your bowl (even though we all know this crosses all the right etiquette rules). The other is the kind we push around the plate and when asked politely respond ”well, I’m not that hungry, thank you!”. 

Today’s recipe I learned from my french mother-in-law. Needless to say, once I’ve tried it I wanted to learn how to make it. Ever since this recipe is our family’s go-to mashed potato recipe. 


Best Mashed Potatoes - french style recipe


  • Peel and cut your potatoes before boiling them – that ensures moisture gets inside properly and potatoes cook evenly; 
  • Use hot whole milk – if you add cold milk to hot potatoes one thing will happen –  you won’t have mashed potatoes for dinner (so to say). 
  • Mash potatoes while still hot – right after they have been cooked on the stove top. That way their texture will blend smoothly with the rest of ingredients.
  • Mash potatoes using a hand/stand mixer (with beaters) – employing your ‘baker’ beaters to mash potatoes gives the best creamy & dreamy texture that will make your family/guests to say ”Wow”. 
  • Add milk slowly while beating – depending on the type of potatoes you use they may absorb less or more water. That means you may require less or even more luqid to reach the desired consistency.
Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe from scratch


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Best Mashed Potatoes

Creamy and dreamy homemade mashed potatoes in french style. Require minimal effort and turn perfect each time.
CourseSide Dish
CuisineEuropean, French
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • 3-6 medium potatoes
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • salt to taste
  • water for boiling


  • Wash potatoes under cold water and peel skin off (I prefer using a peeler). Cut in large chunks and place in (sauce) pan with lid. Then cover potatoes with cold water (just above potatoes level). Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium and let cook completely.
  • Once potatoes are cooked, transfer in large bowl (while still hot) without the water. I prefer using mixing bowls. Then add (hot!) milk, butter and salt. Whisk gently with fork until butter melts within hot potatoes and milk.
  • Then whisk all with hand mixer (using beaters) on low speed until there are no lumps in the mixture.
    Top with favorite toppings (like green onions, ham, etc.) and serve warm.

Recipe Notes

-> Vegetarian, gluten-free, kid-friendly; Easy and tasty side meal 🙂
-> If you wish to make the mashed potatoes milk-free, simply use the water in which they were boiling (skinless) and add some extra butter as needed. The mashed potatoes will turn equally good. 
-> For more important tips on how to get the best mashed potatoes each time - please head over recipe. 

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