Buttery Mashed Potatoes

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
These creamy, buttery mashed potatoes use simple ingredients. The tricks are to use Yukon Gold potatoes and then to warm the cream and butter before adding them to the potatoes. —Rashanda Cobbins, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Buttery Mashed Potatoes Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 pounds medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Place potatoes in a Dutch oven; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, until tender, 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat cream, butter, salt and pepper until butter is melted.
  2. Drain potatoes; return to pan. Mash potatoes, gradually adding enough cream mixture to reach desired consistency.

Buttery Mashed Potatoes Tips

What can I use instead of butter in mashed potatoes?

Instead of butter, you can use olive or infused oils. These fats work well as a butter replacement in most mashed potato recipes. We recommend trying out garlic or truffle oil. Sour cream or cream cheese can add creaminess, too. If you're dairy-free, try swapping out the butter for a dairy-free butter substitute. Be sure to check out our other dairy-free recipes, too.

Can you mash potatoes in a blender?

Technically, yes, you can mash potatoes in a blender. Do we recommend it? Probably not, as it makes the texture quite gloopy. Opt for a hand mixer, stand mixer or ricer before you reach for the blender. Learn more about the different ways to mash potatoes.

What else can I add to mashed potatoes?

There are plenty of toppings that you can add to mashed potatoes! Some of our favorites include crumbled bacon, green onions and cheddar cheese. Here are a few other ways to take mashed potatoes to another level.

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor and Sarah Tramonte, Taste of Home Associate Culinary Producer

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 438 calories, 25g fat (16g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 534mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.