Mashed Potatoes

This recipe for the Best Mashed Potatoes will become your favorite method of preparing mashed potatoes. Sour cream is the key ingredients for the creaminess mashed potatoes, something butter and milk alone cannot give!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword mashed potatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 218kcal
Author Valentina's Corner


  • 2 ½ lbs potatoes, cut in half or quartered
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup milk (*see note)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (8 Tbsp)
  • ¼ cup sour cream


  • Peel potatoes and cut into 1/2" cubes Place the potatoes into a large pot and cover with 1" cold water. Season water with salt.
  • Cook on medium/high heat until you can easily pierce through potatoes with a knife.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan add the butter and milk and cook on med heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat and whisk in sour cream. Return saucepan to stovetop to keep warm.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, drain the water.
  • With a hand mixer, mix the potatoes until creamy and no lumps.
  • Pour the milk mixture into the potatoes and mix until potatoes become creamy.
  • Garnish with melted butter and herbs. 
    Enjoy, friends.


*If using Yukon gold potatoes or any thin-skinned potatoes use 2/3 cup milk. For Russet or Idaho potatoes, use 3/4 cup milk. 


Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 931mg | Potassium: 1244mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 32.3mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 9.2mg