Creamy Mashed Potatoes

These potatoes were creamy, smooth, and so flavorful and they had just a touch of butter – how great is that!?! I found this recipe in my The Best Light Recipe cookbook from the editors of Cook’s Illustrated  I love this book because they test and re-test recipes until they are just right! These potatoes were a huge hit with the whole family and tasted excellent with the meatloaf (recipe to come) I paired them with. Quick, easy, and comforting – you can’t beat that.

Peel and cut the potatoes. Place them,along with a sprinkling of salt, into a large saucepan and add enough water to cover the potatoes by 1 inch. Bring the water to a boil over high heat then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the potatoes are fork tender, about 15-18 minutes. Drain the potatoes.

Place the butter into the milk and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Pour the milk mixture onto the potatoes along with the sour cream; season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Mash the potatoes using a hand masher until creamy and smooth. Place into a serving bowl and serve immediately.  Enjoy.


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Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Yield: 6

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 20 min.

Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients:

4 russet potatoes, scrubbed, peeled, and cut into 1 inch chunks
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp 2% milk
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp light sour cream
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

Peel and cut the potatoes. Place them,along with a sprinkling of salt, into a large saucepan and add enough water to cover the potatoes by 1 inch. Bring the water to a boil over high heat then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the potatoes are fork tender, about 15-18 minutes. Drain the potatoes.

Place the butter into the milk and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Pour the milk mixture onto the potatoes along with the sour cream; season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Mash the potatoes using a hand masher until creamy and smooth. Place into a serving bowl and serve immediately. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by The Best Light Recipes - Cook's Illustrated

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20 Responses to “Creamy Mashed Potatoes”

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 18, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

    Love this creamy texture! I’m sure I can make dinner out of the potatoes alone!

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — February 18, 2013 @ 10:32 pm

    What a picture perfect looking mash potatoes! I love it when they are creamy. Looking forward to your meatloaf recipe.

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    bellini — February 18, 2013 @ 11:48 pm

    I can never turn down a scoop of creamy potatoes.

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    Carmen Rosa — February 19, 2013 @ 1:21 am

    Pam, This creamy looks really deliciouss!!!

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    Lia — February 19, 2013 @ 2:59 am

    It really looks creamy and very yummy!!
    Cheers and hope you are feeling better,
    Lia.

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    Jenn — February 19, 2013 @ 4:33 am

    I love Cook’s Illustrated for that same thing… I have very rarely been disappointed when I’ve tried one of their recipes. Mmmmmmmm… creamy mashed potatoes!!!!

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — February 19, 2013 @ 5:25 am

    The kid loves mashed potatoes, and I know he’d love these!

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    Natalie — February 19, 2013 @ 6:13 am

    My weakness right here! I just love a good creamy bowl of mashed potatoes.

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    DawnF — February 19, 2013 @ 7:14 am

    Yummy! Drooling over here! :)

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    Joanne — February 19, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    CI recipes are the best even though they really do have the weirdest instructions sometimes! these potatoes look awesome!

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    Larry — February 19, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    I love mashed potatoes and these look perfect Pam. The old Paula Deen wouldn’t go for them with so little butter but the new one might.

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    Marjie — February 19, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    Sour cream in the mashed potatoes is a great idea!

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    grace — February 19, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    i don’t know if i’ll ever love any food as much as i love mashed potatoes. sour cream is a great addition!

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    The Café Sucré Farine — February 19, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    I think I’m just an old fashioned girl because I think there’s just about nothing better than a big bowl of mashed potatoes.

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    Words Of Deliciousness — February 19, 2013 @ 5:36 pm

    Your potatoes look so creamy. The sour cream is a excellent addition.

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    Blond Duck — February 19, 2013 @ 6:25 pm

    I’ve had good luck with red potatoes!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — February 20, 2013 @ 7:09 am

    Very creamy and smooth!

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    Chris — February 26, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

    I’m on a kick for replacing sour cream with non-fat Greek yogurt and these potatoes might be my next victim!

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