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The Underestimated Mashed Potato

Homemade Mashed Potatoes

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Probably one of the most versatile, frugal and efficacious dishes is the mashed potato.  Gracing our Thanksgiving dinner table each year, mashed potatoes are wildly overlooked for the remaining 364 days of the year.

At just pennies per serving, Homemade Mashed Potatoes are not only inexpensive, they’re one of the most versatile side dishes.  By adding a few cloves of fresh garlic during boiling and then mashing with the potato, the gourmet Garlic Mashed Potatoes are created.  By substituting milk with buttermilk, you have Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes.  And, Herb Mashed Potatoes can be made by adding some fresh or dried herbs like rosemary, thyme and parsley.


Rosemary Chicken with Herb Mashed Potatoes

Herb Mashed Potatoes

Five Recipes To Make with Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Homemade mashed potatoes can be cooked in bulk to freeze for future use, or stored for use in other recipes- or, like I call “Reincarnate The Leftover”.  Here are some of my favorite recipes using leftover mashed potatoes.

Potato Cake Recipe

Festive Potato Cakes Recipe


Bangers and Mash

Bangers and Mash with New Castle Gravy


Twice-Baked Cheesy Potatoes

Twice-Baked Cheesy Potatoes Recipe


Cottage Pie Recipe

Cottage Pie Recipe, is allegedly a favorite dish of Prince Williams-  a tasty version of the Shepherd’s Pie.


Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe


A Stitch In Time

Homemade mashed potatoes freeze and reheat well, so I like making extra and storing for a busy day’s side dish.  I recommend using glass storage containers like Rubbermaid’s Glass Food Storage or Ziploc’s Versaglass that go from the freezer and into the oven or microwave to reheat.

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Homemade mashed potatoes recipe

Homemade Mashed Potatoes Recipe


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Mashed Potatoes

Homemade Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Mashed Potatoes are a frugal and versatile side dish.  This recipe will feed four people, so to cook for more or prepare extra mashed potatoes for freezing or using in other recipes, double or triple this recipe.  Read more about the Underestimated Mashed Potato.

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes


  • potatoes- 2 lbs, peeled and diced
  • salt- 1 tablespoon
  • butter- 4 tablespoons
  • milk- 1/2 cup


  1. place potatoes in large pot
  2. season with salt
  3. cover completely with water
  4. boil until potatoes are tender, approximately 15 minutes
  5. drain potatoes and transfer to mixing bowl
  6. add butter and milk
  7. mash with a potato masher
  8. for creamier potatoes, use an electric mixer
  9. add more milk or butter as desired
  10. season with more salt as desired


mashed potatoes recipe

peel and dice potatoes


place in pot and season with salt


cover with water and boil until tender




add butter and milk


mash with a potato masher


whip with an electric mixer


Five Recipes To Make With Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Leftover Mashed Potatoes Recipes

Leftover Mashed Potatoes Recipes

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Twice-Baked Cheesy Potatoes

Reincarnating The Leftover

This is the perfect recipe to make with leftover mashed potatoes.


Twice-Baked Cheesy Potatoes

Twice-Baked Cheesy Potatoes



  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Mix together mashed potatoes and half of cheese
  3. Transfer to baking dish
  4. Top with remaining cheese
  5. Garnish with green onions or chives
  6. Bake until hot and bubbly, approximately 25 minutes


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