My make-ahead mashed potatoes are creamy and so delicious that you'll never want to try another recipe again! And with the holidays just around the corner, my best Thanksgiving mashed potato recipe is guaranteed to impress.
Optionally, peel the potatoes. I personally don't peel them before boiling them. Also, it's best to keep them whole but if wanted, you can chop them.
Place your potatoes in a large pot and cover them with cold water. Add the salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
Once boiling, lower the heat to medium-low and cook uncovered for about 40-45 minutes. For smaller or chopped potatoes, check them after 15-20 minutes. They should be fork tender.
Once boiled, if wanted, peel the potatoes – the skin should slip off easily. Use a towel to hold the hot potatoes and a paring knife to help you peel.
Mash the potatoes. A potato ricer will get the best results, but you can also use a handheld potato masher or a food mill.
Place the mashed potatoes in a large pot over low heat. Add about half or a third of the butter, then stir to incorporate. Then add about 1/2 or 1/3 of the cream and incorporate. Repeat.Taste and adjust with any of the seasonings as you prefer.
Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days, covered. Reheat the potatoes in the microwave or on the stovetop, adding a splash of milk/cream to make it creamy again, if required. You can also keep them in airtight silicone bags or freezer-safe containers and freeze them for up to three months.
Here are my essential tips for the best creamy mashed potatoes:
Use Yukon Gold potatoes (or another low in starch variety) – these will make creamy mashed potatoes rich and full of flavor.
Boil potatoes whole.
Start boiling your potatoes in cold water rather than dropping them into hot water.
Mash your potatoes hot – don't wait until they’re cool, they won't absorb the cream and butter as easily as when warm.
Don't add the cream and butter all at once.
Make sure your butter is softened, NOT melted – you want it to melt and absorb as it's cooking, rather than before.