Our Best Tips & Advice for Great Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving is just one excuse for mashed potatoes; honestly, I think of them as fall and winter food, and so the season is just beginning. Here's a look back at some of our best tips and advice on making this most elemental of potato dishes.

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Some people can make light, creamy mashed potatoes in their sleep, but others of us make them more rarely, and so could always use a little advice.

How do I make basic mashed potatoes?
How To Make Mashed Potatoes for Just Two People - Simple instructions for basic mashed potatoes.
How To Pick a Potato
How To Boil Potatoes

How do I make mashed potatoes even better?
Duchess Potato Christmas Trees (pictured above)
Secrets of Awesome Mashed Potatoes
Add Rutabaga To Mashed Potatoes
Tip from Cook's Illustrated: Steamed Mashed Potatoes

How do I keep mashed potatoes warm until serving?
How to Keep Mashed Potatoes Warm (Or Re-Heat Ones You Made Ahead of Time)

What tools should I use?
What Is the Best Tool for Making Mashed Potatoes?
Food Science: Why Mashed Potatoes and Blenders Don't Mix
Can I Make Mashed Potatoes With My Immersion Blender?
Good Question: Do I Need a Ricer?
Deluxe Angled Potato Ricer from Williams-Sonoma

I want to try something a little different.
5 Delicious Alternatives to Mashed Potatoes

I want to try something even more different.
Creamy, Smoky Whipped Rutabaga
Warm Potato Salad with Cilantro & Toasted Cumin
Cauliflower Purée
Kale and Potato Puree

What should I do with my leftover mashed potatoes?
Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe: Mashed Potato Puffs

What are your best tips and advice for amazing mashed potatoes? Personally I always drop in a lump of cream cheese; it really doesn't hurt.

(Images: Faith Durand; Megan of not martha)

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