Our Best Tips & Advice for Great Mashed Potatoes

Our Best Tips & Advice for Great Mashed Potatoes

Faith Durand
Nov 15, 2011

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.

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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