Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes are naturally creamy and the perfect side dish for anyone who craves mashed potatoes around the clock.
Mashed Potatoes: The Hero of Side Dishes
Mashed potatoes are a beloved classic side dish for a reason. Here are some reasons why you should make them for your next dinner:
1. Easy to Make: Making mashed potatoes is straightforward, making them a great side dish to make for all levels of cooking expertise.
3. Crowd-Pleaser: They have wide-ranging appeal, making them a crowd-pleaser at family dinners and gatherings.
4. Easy to Scale: Speaking of family dinners and large gatherings, it’s easy to adjust mashed potato recipes to accommodate any number of guests!
5. Kid-Friendly: Mashed potatoes’ creamy texture and mild flavor make them a hit with children, ideal for family meals. Plus they’ll love getting involved and helping you mash!
7. Filling Yet Affordable: Mashed potatoes are hearty and filling, perfect for satisfying hunger with generous portions while also being a super inexpensive ingredient.
Ingredients for Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
- Yukon Gold Potatoes: I prefer these potatoes because they’re naturally creamy, so your mashed potatoes turn out velvety smooth without drowning them in butter or cream. With that said, if russet is what you have on hand they will work too!
- Whole milk: Any milk will do, but whole milk will add that extra creaminess and flavor you know and love.
- Butter: Again, this ingredient adds flavor and helps with that smooth texture we’re wanting.
- Salt: Duh!
How to Make Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
1. Bring Potatoes to Boil: Place potatoes and 2 teaspoons of salt into a big pot, cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium heat and continue to boil for approximately 15-17 minutes or until fork tender.
2. Warm Milk and Butter: Heat the milk and butter in a saucepan or in a glass bowl in the microwave until warm and butter is melted.
3. Mash the Potatoes: Mash the potatoes using a ricer, food mill or potato masher in a bowl until smooth. Add the warm butter/milk mixture and 1/2 tsp salt and stir to combine.
4. Serve: Add any toppings desired and serve.
Tips for the BEST Mashed Potatoes
- Warm the Milk: Heat your milk before adding it to the potatoes to keep them warm and fluffy.
- Use a Potato Ricer: For the creamiest texture, use a potato ricer or a food mill. No lumps, just pure creamy goodness.
- Don’t Overmix: Avoid the dreaded gummy mashed potatoes by mixing just until everything’s combined.
- Flavor Variations: Experiment with different herbs and spices like rosemary, thyme, or roasted garlic to customize the flavor to your liking.
Reheating Mashed Potatoes Hack
If you’re just looking to reheat your leftover mashed potatoes, my favorite way is to heat up a small amount of milk over the stove and then stir your potatoes back in. This helps re-hydrate the potatoes so they’re just as delicious the next day and the next!
Yukon Gold mashed potatoes are a simple yet indulgent side dish that can elevate any meal. With their natural creaminess and rich flavor, they’re perfect for special occasions or weeknight dinners! They’re a huge crowd pleaser so prepare to be making these on the regular.
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Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
- potato masher or ricer
- Place potatoes and 2 teaspoons of salt into a big pot, cover with cold water and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to medium heat and continue to boil for approximately 15-17 minutes or until fork tender.
- Heat the milk and butter in a saucepan or in a glass bowl in the microwave until warm and butter is melted.
- Mash the potatoes using a ricer, food mill or potato masher in a bowl until smooth.
- Add the warm butter/milk mixture and 1/2 tsp salt and stir to combine.