10 Best Quick and Easy Mashed Potato Recipes to Accompany Dinner


Ten of the Best Quick and Easy Mashed Potato Recipes to Accompany Dinner

by Jacqueline Samaroo

Most nights, you want to get dinner done and served in as little time and with as little effort as possible. Still, you don’t want to just plop a boring meal down on the table and one sure way to add some appeal to your meal is to include a delicious side dish.
Mashed potatoes are a great option when it comes to having a very “tweakable” side dish option on hand. Here are 10 really simple but tasty variations on the “mashed potato theme” that you can fall back on over and over again without it becoming boring or predictable.

First up is a basic recipe, which once you have mastered it, only requires a little imagination (and a couple willing taste-testers) to help you create your own special mashed potato recipe. The last two recipes in this collection are great for serving to children, the young at heart or just about anyone who relishes fun, new ways to present and enjoy their food!

Easy Mashed Potato Recipe

1. Basic Mashed Potatoes

“The perfect mashed potato for your favorite gravy!” Jillian

Nothing fancy here, just soft and creamy mashed potatoes that you can pair with anything! Boil a pot of salted water then add some peeled and quartered potatoes to cook until they are tender but still somewhat firm. Drain them and set aside. Heat milk and butter on low heat until the butter melts. Slowly blend this mixture into the potatoes using an electric beater or potato masher. When the potatoes are smooth and creamy, season them with salt and pepper. Serve with your favorite main dish.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes


2. Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

“Really YUMMY!” teredesi

These mashed potatoes have a very rich taste and texture that you will absolutely love. Bring a large pot of water to boil, then add salt and rough diced potatoes. Allow the potatoes to simmer until they are tender and drain them. On low heat, melt some butter in milk and set it aside. Run the potatoes through a food mill and stir in the milk mixture. Add buttermilk for a creamy consistency and some salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes


3. Wasabi Mashed Potatoes

“Never would have thought to add wasabi to mashed potatoes - it's a hit!” Barb_in_Indy

Wasabi horse radish adds (a lot of) spice to these mashed potatoes. Add peeled chunks of potatoes to boiling salted water and cook then until tender. Make a paste of wasabi powder and water then set it aside as you drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Mash the potatoes with butter until smooth, add heavy or half-and-half cream and mix until the potatoes are creamy. Add the wasabi paste and some salt then mash once more. Serve them hot and they’ll go really well with any Asian themed dish you prepare.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes


4. Chilli Cheese Mash

“Big hit with the family!” Awass

A little jalapeño heat spices up these mashed potatoes. Peel and halve the potatoes. Place them in a pot of cold water and bring it to a boil then let them simmer until tender. Drain then mash them in bowl until creamy. Add coarsely grated cheddar cheese, thickened cream and coarsely chopped jalapeño chillies. Give it one final good stir and serve. Remember, you control how much heat is added so spice it up just right!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes


Mustard Champ Potatoes

5. Mustard Champ

“This was gorgeous!” krissyb

Wholegrain mustard and sautéed onions add wonderful flavor to these mashed potatoes. Boil peeled and quartered potatoes until tender, then drain and mash them. Heat together some milk and butter then add it plus some wholegrain mustard to the potatoes. Sauté sliced spring onions in butter until soft and fold it into the potatoes. Serve. So yummy!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes



6. Mashed Potatoes with Carrots and Leeks

“This is an amazing recipe and very easy to make.” ETTIBEE

Carrots and leeks help to bump up the nutrient profile of this mashed potatoes dish. Wash coarsely chopped leek in cold water then drain it and set it aside. Place 2-inch pieces of potatoes a saucepan of cold water, bring it to a boil then reduce it to a simmer. When the potatoes are tender, drain them and return them to the saucepan. Cook carrot chunks in salted water, drain them and set them aside. Sauté the leeks in butter until tender, add whole milk and salt then allow it to simmer. Coarsely mash the potatoes with the leek and milk mixture then stir in the carrots. A little chunky and very tasty!

Total time: 30 minutes


7. Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy

“Creamy and just awesome.” Tieghan

Every great dish of mashed potatoes deserves some equally great gravy and this recipe gives you both! Cover whole red skin potatoes in cold water, bring to a boil then allow it to simmer until tender. While the potatoes are cooking you can steam the chopped cauliflower over them in a strainer covered with a lid. Mash the potatoes and cauliflower together with salt, pepper and a little butter. Begin the gravy by sautéing minced shallots and some white or cremini mushrooms until the mushrooms are soft and brown. Stir in flour, reduce the heat and cook some more. Add veggie broth while whisking then add thyme and whisk some more and allow it to simmer. Season the gravy with salt and pepper and serve it over the potatoes. Wow!!

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes



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8. Bacon Mashed Potatoes Recipe

"quick and delicious!" nanette217

Nicely seasoned potatoes get extra flavor from cheddar cheese and bacon. Add peeled and cubed potatoes to a pan of water and cover it. Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat and cook until tender. Drain the potatoes then add milk, chives, mayonnaise, pepper and garlic powder. Mash them together then stir in some shredded cheddar cheese and cooked bacon. Cheese, bacon and mashed potatoes – it’s perfect!

Total time: 25 minutes


9. Mashed Potato and Gravy “Sundae”

Your dinner guests will simply love this. Place scoops of warmed mash potatoes in a sundae dish or small bowl. Top with warmed gravy, whipped heavy cream, cherry tomatoes, basil leaves and crumbled bacon. Serve and start thinking of some unique ways to switch it up for next time!

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes


10. Wacky Mashed Potatoes

“Fantastic Idea I love it.” spinach1948

Chilled mashed potatoes in ice-cream cones – NICE! Whisk milk into frozen mashed potatoes, then add in soft cream cheese, sliced green onion, salt and pepper. Stir and let it stand to thaw a bit. Spoon the potatoes into ice-cream cones and serve. A sure kid-favorite!

Total time: 18 minutes


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