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bowl of mashed potatoes topped with brown butter

My Favorite Mashed Potato Recipe

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


You’ll never go back to regular mashed potatoes after trying my favorite Mashed Potato Recipe! Browned butter takes this side dish up a notch from your traditional recipe. So good that you don’t even need gravy!



  • 4 lbs Idaho potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. COOK THE POTATOES: Place the peeled potatoes in a large pot and cover completely with water. Add 2 teaspoons of the salt and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until the potatoes are tender; drain and return to the pot.
  2. BROWN THE BUTTER: While the potatoes are cooking, place the butter in a saucepan and melt, stirring constantly. Continue to cook until the butter turns a golden brown color. It may start to foam or pop – keep stirring or swirling the pan to make sure the butter does not burn. It will take about 6-8 minutes for the butter to turn a deep brown and for it to smell nutty. As soon as it is done, immediately remove from the heat and pour into a bowl to stop the cooking.
  3. MASH THE POTATOES: Use a masher to start mashing the potatoes in the pot. Add the buttermilk, milk, remaining teaspoon of salt and the pepper. Reserve about 2 tablespoons of the browned butter and add the rest to the pot. Mash the potatoes until you reach your desired consistency.
  4. SERVE: Transfer the potatoes to a serving dish and drizzle with the reserved brown butter. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes:

adapted from Southern Living 2007 Annual Recipes

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should be used as a general guideline.


  • Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe
  • Calories: 336
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 903 mg
  • Fat: 17 g
  • Saturated Fat: 11 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 42 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 47 mg

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