Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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It's just not Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes! In this version, our home economists stir in half-and-half, sour cream and chives.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:16-18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 16-18 servings


  • 12 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives, optional

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 159 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 196mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Place potatoes in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  2. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the cream, sour cream, butter, salt and pepper; beat until light and fluffy. Sprinkle with chives if desired. Yield: 16-18 servings.
Originally published as Traditional Mashed Potatoes in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2007, p114

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MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 253556
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2016

"I prepared these mashed potatoes recently for a family gathering and everyone liked them and many went back for seconds. This is a good basic recipe and I can see where more favorite ingredients could be added. I recommend this recipe.

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