Creamy Mashed Potatoes
November 18, 2022
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These are hands down the best Mashed Potatoes that you can make – and they’re so easy! This is one of my key holiday recipes that I make EVERY YEAR – and it is always a hit! The mashed potatoes are full of flavor (with my secret ingredient that I’ll touch on later) from the herbs, butter, and half and half.
There’s a reason why everyone loves mashed potatoes! They’re easy to eat and so comforting paired with a nice roast or turkey – perfect for the holidays or anytime! I hope you enjoy this recipe!
Watch the Mashed Potatoes Recipe Video Below!
Ingredients for my Creamy Mashed Potatoes:
- Yukon Gold Potatoes
- Chicken Broth (I personally love Kettle & Fire – use my code CJPINS for 20% off your order!)
- Unsalted Butter
- Fresh Thyme
- Fresh Rosemary
- Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
- Kosher Salt
- Half and Half (Half Cream/Half Milk)
- Parmesan Cheese
- Fresh Chives
SELECTING THE RIGHT POTATO
Potato, Patato – right!? Selecting the right potato is really up to personal preference! But in my opinion, you can’t go with a slightly waxy, smooth yukon gold potato. Russets or creamer red potatoes also work well!
QUALITY IS KEY
This recipe doesn’t use many ingredients so high quality is KEY! Use a high quality, chicken broth, butter and half & half if you can – it really does make a difference!
If at all possible, I would highly recommend using fresh herbs for the herb butter in this recipe – there’s just nothing like it! If dried is the only option available, just reduce the measurement by half.
My Creamy Mashed Potatoes: Recipe Instructions
This recipe is pretty straightforward but there are a few key steps to make the best mashed potatoes, so let’s get started!
Peel the potatoes
Wash and peel your potatoes in a bowl and rinse them with cold water to remove any excess starch. I prefer no skins in my mashed potatoes, but if you do like skins, feel free to skip this step!
Dice the potatoes into 2″ pieces
Next, dice the potatoes into 2″ pieces and place them in a heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven. You want to cut them in uniform pieces so they cook evenly in the broth. Otherwise, you’ll end up with some potatoes that are too done versus others that are undercooked.
Simmer the potatoes in chicken broth
This is my KEY secret for the best mashed potatoes! Start with a cold pot and bring them to a simmer in a high quality chicken broth like Kettle & Fire! Using a high quality chicken broth will allow your potatoes to soak up all that flavor from the broth and transfer them right into your mashed potatoes!
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Bring the pot to a simmer over medium high heat then low simmer for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Then immediately strain them and bring them back to the pot. Reserve that starchy broth to thicken up gravy or use for soups!
Make the herb butter
To make the herb butter, melt butter over medium heat and then add kosher salt, black pepper, chopped rosemary and thyme, and grated garlic. Infuse the spices into the butter over medium low for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once finished, skim the solids off the top to create a clarified herb butter for your mashed potatoes (this is optional but recommended).
Rice the potatoes
After draining the potatoes, run them through a potato ricer back into the warm pot. The heat from the pot will help evaporate any excess moisture from the potato. Don’t skip this step!
Fold in the seasonings to finish the mashed potatoes
Make sure the heat is off, then add your clarified herb butter, half & half, and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Fold and mix until thoroughly incorporated, and add salt to taste.
Serve with freshly chopped chives for an elevated garnish!
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- Super Crispy Smashed Potatoes
USE A POTATO RICER!
A good potato ricer makes all the difference! It allows you to easily rice your potatoes through the ricer and ensures that there are no lumps. I’ll link the one I use here!
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
- 3 lbs yukon gold potatoes cut into 2" pieces
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 8 tbsp unsalted butter
- 5 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme minced, if using dried cut measurement in half
- 1 tbsp fresh rosemary minced, if using dried cut measurement in half
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tbsp kosher salt
- 1 cup half & half
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese freshly grated
- 1 tbsp fresh chives for garnish
- Peel your yukon gold potatoes and cut them into equal size 2" pieces (I cut them lengthwise then 3 times width wise for 6 pieces per potato, for reference)
- Fill a large pot of Kettle and Fire Chicken broth and add your potatoes, covering them fully with the broth. Heat covered over high heat. Boil for 20 minutes or until fork tender and drain, reserving the broth for gravy or soup. *KEY TIP* It's important to start them off in cold broth so as the broth boils, the potatoes cook evenly throughout.
- While your potatoes are boiling, melt butter over medium heat until it "sings". Then add grated garlic, fresh chopped thyme & rosemary, kosher salt, and freshly cracked black pepper and let infuse for 5 minutes over low heat.
- Strain the potatoes from the pot and reserve broth for soup, gravy, etc. Run your potatoes through a potato ricer back into the same pot (the residual heat will help evaporate any excess moisture). Then over low heat add your infused butter, heavy cream, and freshly grated parmesan and mix until smooth.
- Add salt to taste and finish with freshly chopped chives. Enjoy!
Made this and will definitely be making this again for thanksgiving!!
That truly is the best kept secret. Boil your potatoes or pasta in chicken broth and kick that flavor up a notch.
This recipe was so simple and yummy for thanksgiving! Thanks Cj for all of your help!
I can’t wait to try this out
Love your recipes!!! (Giveaway entry)
Best side dish ever!
Looks so good!
Looks so good
So fluffy! Looks amazing!
Potatoes that are Creamy are so dreamy!
I had never used chicken stock in my mashed potatoes previously but this was a game changer! The use of the fresh herbs elevates this dish as well.
Fun twist on a classic dish!
I have yet to add broth into my mashed potatoes… but I trust that they are COMPLETELY divine and add a beautiful depth to the mashies.
Beautiful detailed recipe for great flavorful mashed potatoes!
🥔 for life!
I never get mashed potatoes right, I will have to try this recipe!
mashed potatoes – the best part of thanksgiving!
Looks amazing! Definitely giving these a try
This looks so good!
Can’t wait to make this.
Looks creamy 😍😍😍
Thanks for the recipe, CJ 🤗🤗🤗
I truly enjoy a good flavor packed but still simple, mashed potatoes and I feel like this does it!
Making this for Thanksgiving tomorrow! Can’t wait!
Literally trying the cooking potatoes in broth as I type! I’ve never done this method before.
I tried this and loved the flavor the broth gave the potatoes!
Yukons make the best mashed potatoes!
I already saved this to try this week!!
Love potato ricer gives amazing texture !!!
I’m in charge of potatoes tomorrow and this recipe will definitely be the move for me. Love that you used yukon gold!
Love mashed potatoes. These look so yummy.
Definitely going to try this — I can tell they’ll be amazing!
This looks so good, bout to up my mashed potatoes game
Great for holidays 🥰
Even thought Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated here in Portugal, I am sure going to use this recipe everytime I make mashed potatoes!
Also making this for Friendsgiving! Can’t wait!
Definitely need to try out this recipe!
I cant wait to make this!!!
Those potatoes look so buttery! Can’t wait to pull this out for friendsgiving
Yukon gold or bust. Boiling the potatoes in a broth is a game changer. Trying this!
The best mashed potatoes!!
I am definitely trying this for Thanksgiving dinner!!
Using broth is such a simple change to give such an enhanced flavor and I will be using this “hack” in my mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving! Thanks for the recipe!!
Using broth is an excellent idea!
Nothing better than a creamy mash
these look really good! would veggie broth work as a substitute?
It looks awesome
Going to be making this tomorrow for the family.
Looks yummy! Thanks for the tip.
Delicious and creamyy!
These potatoes look like they just melt in your mouth! Delicious!
I might have to try this mash potatoes tomorrow!!
Flavor packed mashed potatoes
This looks amazing
I’m making these tomorrow!!
Can’t wait to try this recipe 🙂
Nothing beats great mashed potatoes!
I need to get in on this kettle and fire chicken broth! Potato’s are my love language, looks amazing!
Mashed potatoes make everything better!
This recipe is packed with flavor!
Truly one Of the most comforting food in the 🌍
Can’t wait to try this in a few days.
I might have to bring this one to Thanksgiving dinner!
I tried this recipe out and will be making it tomorrow for thanksgiving as well. So delivious!
Truly one Of the most comforting food in the 🌍
Can’t wait to try this one for the holidays!!
Definitely making this recipe for our Turkey day!!!!
I love mashed potatoes so I can’t wait to try this recipe! ☺️
sounds positively yummy!
Looking forward to making these this year!
Yummm…. What can I say . The best mashed potatoes I’ve w made and tasted. It’s so smooth and melt in the mouth sensation – baby approves 👍🏻👶🏻
I love your recipes and would live to be the winner of your giveaways 😍
Mashed potatoes are my favorite!
Chicken broth! Never thought to use that!
Super easy to follow! Personally I like to roast the garlic first for a more subtle bite.
Mashed potatoes are the way to my heart
CHICKEN BROTH?? Genius! We’ll be trying out this recipe for Thanksgiving tomorrow.
Potato perfection 😍 Definitely want to make them soon!
Making this for Thanksgiving, love how many fresh herbs are in this recipe.
Look AMAZING!! Can’t wait to try
This will be perfect for a Canadian Christmas side dish! Thanks
So excited for this recipe. Perfect for the holiday season!
All of your recipes are mouth watering!
Looks absolutely delicious, can’t wait to try it!
The fresh herbs take these mashed potatoes to a whole new level. This recipe is a keeper for sure!
Love the added umami with the parmesan!! So good!!
Loved the receipe. Would love to try soon.
Looks delicious and super creamy!! Excited to try this one out 🙂
Looks delicious! Can’t wait to make it!!
Thank you for the recipe, is there a substitute for half and half? All I have is 2% and oat milk and would like to know if either of those work! Thanks in advance
Can’t wait to make this for Thanksgiving!!
Love following you 👍🙌
Never thought of using chicken broth in mashed potatoes but will definitely give that a try!
I’ve actually never used broth to make mashed potato’s, so this is a must try recipe!
Thanks for sharing!
Using this tomorrow for sure. Broth is something I hadn’t thought of adding before!
Tried the recipe and hands down one of my favourite to go recipe for mash potatoes! Love the taste and how creamy it is.
Mashed potatoes are a staple, if the flavor isn’t there…. It’s a sad day. This recipe is awesome!
So fluffy! Looks amazing!
I really can’t wait to try it out.
Just made this and oof!! 😮💨😮💨😮💨😮💨
Love the extra step to rice the potatoes!! It totally makes such a big difference in the smooth texture! Yum looks great!
The bone broth makes all the difference!
Does the Parmasen cheese need to be super fine?
Love creamy mashed potatoes!! My fav part of Thanksgiving dinner. Yum 😋
Might just use heavy cream instead of half n half for the extra oomph.
I love creamy mashed potatoes and this recipe helps me make it so delicious!
Thanks for the tip about infusing the herbs in the butter before mixing. Definitely trying that this Thanksgiving!
I never thought to cook the potatoes in broth! I’ll have to bring this to my aunts tomorrow since I get to bring mashed potatoes this year 😂
Since I’m not tasked with making mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving, I’ll be trying your recipe another time soon. Can’t wait! 🤤
Good tip on using the ricer. Noice!
Can’t recommend this one enough!! Must have at the thanksgiving table
Looks great, I’m gonna rock this christmas with this recipe!
Love the idea of infusing the butter with herbs.
The chicken broth gives the potatoes great depth of flavor.
Looks fabulous! Can’t go wrong with some creamy mashed potatoes
I will be making this for Thanksgiving! Only substitute will be the half and half for heavy cream!
definitely making this for thanksgiving!!
On my list for Thanksgiving!
This with turkey gravy, a staple for Thanksgiving
Yukon golds make the BEST mashed potatoes 🥰
Yukon gold are the best potatoes. Perfect for this, can’t wait to try!
I’ve never tried boiling the potatoes in broth, sounds like it would add some umami!
Potatoes are the best side dish ever! Can’t wait to try this recipe!
i tried this recipe and cant go back to another. Try it!
Love mashed potatoes! Need to try this
This looks so delicious!
Can’t wait to try this recipe🥰
Best Side dish is creamy mashed!
Herbs are a must! Yum
That garlicky, buttery goodness!
Can’t wait to try it!
Looks great! Using chicken broth is a game changer!
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Theses mashed potatoes look so creamy!
These look perfect!
Excited to try this soon!
Thank you for this great recipe!
This is Thanksgiving approved! ✨
Adding parmesan to mashed potatoes?? Genius! They’re so good
Pick me pick me
Another winner right here! And bonus thanks to your recipe, I was inspired to finally buy a potato ricer 🤌🏻❤️
The creaminess is killing me! I’ll have to use soy milk though, hope it’s still half as good as it looks. 🙂
So creamy and flavorful!!
These look so good! I love how well you explain everything.
It’s very creamy and fluffy!
They are delicious!
Comfort food for sure!
I’ve gotta get a ricer!
I had sub the liquid chicken broth with powder but it turned out great either way!
I used to add the chicken better than bouillon to my mashed postmarked too!
I’ll be making this for Thanksgiving!
I have made this recipe last thanksgiving and the whole family loved it. Nothing about it would I change. Thanks for all your delicious and easy to follow recipes.
You had me at “easy recipe” 🙂 Can’t wait to try this one. It sounds like it will taste amazing especially with that Parmesan cheese! Now if I can get snap my fingers and have the potatoes peeled and cut for me, that would be heaven lol
This looks so good!
Similar to my mine but I will try adding half and half
This dish looks incredibly smooth and yummy!
I’ll be sure to make it this Thanksgiving.
Love all of the herbs in this! Was so good when I made it!
You don’t miss!!
Will be trying this tomorrow. Love your recipes!
I’m definitely trying this!
This looks heavenly!
This one looks like a must try!!
Gotta try it!
Excited to try this recipe out!
Can’t wait to make this.
It came out soo creamy when I made it
Can confirm….creamiest mashed potatoes ever!! Cannot get enough!
Trying this for thanksgiving!
Can’t wait to try this out for my family tomorrow!
Can’t wait to try this one
Thanks for all the tips. I’ll be saving this recipe for sure!
This turned out so delicious!
Amazing! Thanks for sharing!
All your recipes are awesome! This one turned out great for our dinner with steaks!
Amazing side to our steak dinner!
Can never have enough garlic in mashed potatoes. 😍
Such a good recipe!
I’m actually making these for my Friendsgiving!
Chicken broth is key
The use of the stock is the secret here. Yum!
Can’t wait to try these!
It looks awesome
Can’t wait to try this recipe!
Looks yummy. Is it possible to use other kind of potatoes? Like regular medium size potato?
Creamy texture for the win!
My boys love mashed potatoes and I will have to try your recipe.
YUM LOOKS FANTASTIC
Love me some mashed potatoes. This is on my list for Thanksgiving!
Cannot wait to make these 🤤 mashed potatoes are my 10 month old’s favorite food right now!
So creamy!! I would to have this with steak 😁 Thank you for the recipe. Can’t wait to try it
I never thought mashed potatoes can get better, thanks Cj.
I love mashed potatoes
I made this today and it was just delicious!!
Adding to the recipes
DELISH! Have made it and love it! Thanks for sharing 😋
Looks soooo yummy
Can’t wait to try this
This recipe makes such incredible creamy, fluffy mash! This might be controversial but I personally love to add a little chopped raw red onion to my mash, I adore the crunch and flavour it adds!
Looks delicious! I’ll be trying out this recipe tomorrow for Thanksgiving.
Thank you! So delicous!
Yukon gold potatoes are the superior potato… especially for mashed potatoes!
Love me some mashed potatoes!!
Gotta love some mashed taties!
Love these mashed potatoes!
When my toddler says “mmmmmmmm”, rubs her tummy and signals for more IS DEFINITELY A WIN 👍
Hiii! Please pick me! I’ve made a few of your recipes and love them! 🧡
Always a hit at the dinner table
This was so silky
Delicious! This recipe helped me elevated my mashed potatoes dish
This looks so creamy 😩😩
Bruh my mouth is watering 🤤
I’m in charge of mash potatoes and can’t wait to make this. This actually looks better and easier than the recipe I was going to make
This recipe is 🔥 so delicious 😍
I’m trying these for my thanksgiving this year! Can’t wait! Thanks CJ!
Now this I’ve got to try!
Excited to try this!!
Can’t wait to try this
Can’t wait to try to make mashed potatoes from scratch! I’ve only ever made them with the instant packages 😅
Looking forward to making this!
I think the river makes all the difference!! I love the idea of using broth to cook the potatoes, will try this for sure!
I meant ricer, not river… 😂
Never thought to boil the potatoes in broth! Adds so much more flavor 😊
You make this look so easy to make!
I seriously need to make this, I LOVE mashed potatoes!
Those look amazing, can’t wait to try them
Must try next!
Using this recipe tomorrow!
When I saw this on insta I KNEW it’s the one! Is there any other way to use the starchy broth? I love gravy but when making a big batch of potatoes that might be an excessive amount of broth to use just for thickening?
Mashed potatoes has to be my favourite side dish to some of my favourite dishes like steak, roast chicken or even with semi gravy dishes. Works so well as a dip for nachos or chips too🤭. Is the best if you want to just scoop up some mashed potatoes and eat it like a pudding haha. Can never go wrong with it.ao simple yet so elite
Looks so creamy and delicious!
It’s the broth and herbs that makes it so much more luxurious
This is what I’m making tomorrow!
This recipe made me like mashed potatoes!! Thankyou
These were delicious!
Never thought to use chicken stock! Might have to take over mashed potatoes duty this Thanksgiving!
Mash has got to be one of my favourite things to eat. So soft and creamy!
Mashed potatoes are objectively the best Thanksgiving side. Been in the lookout for a good recipe to share with my partner’s family this year!
Best mashed potatoes recipe!! 🙌🏼
I LOVE mashed potatoes. Unfortunately, I realized too late that I didn’t have enough this year for Thanksgiving and stores only had russet. Hopefully the russet will be just as creamy.
We just made this tonight! Was so creamy and flavorful!
Used this recipe the other day. It’s delicious!
Creamy is best mashed way!
Ricer makes all the difference!
I will make your recipe today.
Looks creamy and yummy!
Simple but incredibly tasty and delicious!
These look/sound amazing!! The last recipe I tried didn’t fail so I’m excited for these.
I’ve been wanting to make homemade mashed potatoes for a while, glad I found this recipe
Sounds like the perfect balance of creamy and not too buttery.
Happy Thanksgiving! Thankful for your recipes & tips. 😊🙏🏼
The ricer made a huge difference & I use Kettle & Fire now!
Mmmmmmm, mashed potato 😋
Wow, can’t wait to try it!
I have never managed to get my mashed potatoes so creamy until now. 10/10 recommended
I’ve never considered putting broth in mashed potatoes before. Really great recipe! Can’t wait to try it out
This looks so delicious! Definitely making this!
I LOVE mashed potatoes but never follow a recipe. Here we go!
Definitely going make this!
My favorite way to eat potatoes, especially with grilled steaks! Thanks for this amazing recipe❤️
Mashed potatoes are life
Yummm! Will make for Thanksgiving this year!
Making these next!
Obsessed!!! Just bought a big lot of potatoes and plan to make epic amounts of this mash
Boiling the potatoes in chicken broth is a great idea to add more flavor! And like that afterwards, the broth can be saved to thicken gravy or in soups!
Just in time for the holidays! Thanks!
How creamy and fluffy!
So creamy and delicious perfect for thanksgiving
My favorite part of Thanksgiving!
I am trying these for Thanksgiving!
will try this tonight!
Making these tonight.
The hard decision, in every meal. Mashed potatoes or crispy potatoes
These look amazing!
Looks delicious! Gonna use this for Xmas 🎄
Thank you for sharing 🙏🏻
Wow these turned out so good!!! So creamy and delish!!!
Going in the bank for next year/whenever the craving hits 😁
Just had my first Thanksgiving in my new apartment with the boyfriend and the rents. Mashed potatoes were a hit! Thanks for the help!!!
Definitely keeping this in the bank for next year :)) /whenever the craving hits haha.
Can’t wait to try this!
My favourite side dish!
Will be trying this year!
So creamy and delicious! Great potluck dish.
Awesome recipe! Thank you
The creamiest mashed potatoes! Delicious!
Best mash I’ve made yet
Can’t go wrong with some mashed potatoes!!! Always a staple of Thanksgiving
Can’t go wrong with a tried and true mashed potato recipe!
Never thought to use chicken stock. Thanks for the tips.
Damn, Never thought about cooking potatoes in broth, but will definitly have to try! Already excited!
half and half! genius! this was delicious!
this might convince me to eat mac n cheese!!
These look amazing
Can’t wait to make this!
Once you make them uou will always be asked to bring them also need to have the ricer to make them. 😉
Never though if adding broth!! So flavorful thank you!!!!
This will be in my recipe to-do list!
ahh looks delicious!!
Can’t wait to make these!
It looks so good! I will try it.
These look so delish! I’m trying them!
Yasss! Can’t wait to try this recipe
I’ve always dreaded making masked potatoes in the past, but this one might change that. Will definitely try this one, looks so good.
Yum! Perfect for Thanksgiving and cold nights.
A hit at Thanksgiving, rich and delicious
I LOVE mashed potato, French people are like the first potato eaters in the world. I probably eat more potatoes and butter than pasta
This recipe looks delicious! I just finished making mashed potatoes with cream. I’m going to try your recipe for Christmas! Yum!
This recipe looks easy and delicious! I love anything with potatoes!
love your recipes!
Most of my diet now consist of potatoes since my wife is French and we love mash potatoes!!!!!!
I love that this is such a simple recipe and boiling the potatoes in broth for flavor!
These potatoes come out so smooth and luscious! Great recipe
Super easy directions! Cant wait to get rid of boxed mashed all together!
Will definitely try this recipe for Christmas! They sound amazing! Thanks for sharing!
I made this recipe for my thanksgiving meal. It was a hit! I love your style! ❤️
Looks amazing! 🥔
Made this last year and it was a hit!
Looks good! Love the parmesan in it. Just thinking though, if I don’t need to make soup, I can just boil in water right?
Happy Thanksgiving CJeatsrecipes !!!
The herbs and butter are a yes for me dawg
Sounds amazing. Can’t wait to try this next time I cook for the family.
Oh wow can’t wait to make it.. no.. eat it ha!
Made these for Thanksgiving and they were a hit. Only making mashed potatoes like this from now on!!
I’ve never tried mixing rosemary and Parmesan.Sounds delicious!!
We made them today for thanksgiving. I would have never thought cooking the potatoes in stock would make such a difference, Txs. They were incredible
I tried this recipe out and it’s my new favourite side dish!!
Looks so good!
Will definitely try this or next time I make mashed potatoes!
Thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe with us!
I love the way you use chicken broth to cook the potatoes in. Simple but oh so good!!
Looks so yummy, I can’t wait to try !
This looks like it’ll be a hit!
I’m adding that garnish! Feel good food!
So flavorful!! I was afraid the herbs would be overwhelming but they were just perfect. Fluffy, delicious and rich.
Love this recipe
My mashed potatoes are now restaurant quality 😊 It is elevated enough to get compliments.
Love the rosemary addition!
Mashed potatoes are my favorite comfort food. Can’t wait to try this version.