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Light and Fluffy Mashed Potatoes
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The Secret to Light and Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

There is a secret to making perfectly light and fluffy mashed potatoes that you have likely been overlooking. It is so simple, it's genius! Get ready to make the best mashed potatoes ever!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 358kcal


  • 4 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" chunks
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 12 tbsp butter, room temperature, cut into ½-inch chunks
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • Rinse cut and peeled potatoes under cold water until water runs clear.
  • Add potatoes to large pot of cold salted water, water should cover potatoes by 1", and bring to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes or until potatoes are cooked and tender.
  • Drain potatoes from water and rinse in colander under warm water.
  • Run potatoes through a ricer or food mill and add butter, cream, salt and pepper. Gently fold with a spatula until fully incorporated and taste for salt.
  • Serve immediately.


This recipe was adapted from SeriousEats.com.
IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE you will want to read my Secret to Perfectly Crispy Roasted Potatoes too!


Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 663mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 940IU | Vitamin C: 8.8mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1.3mg