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Mashed Potato Recipe – Make the creamiest Mash

Mashed Potato Recipe – Make the creamiest Mash

Mashed Potatoes Recipe

This blog post contains a mashed potato recipe that shows you how to make a tasty and creamy mashed potato.

Mashed potatoes are used in many types of cooking. In Britain we use them for stapel meals like: ‘bangers and mash‘ (sausages and mashed potatoes), cottage and shepherd’s pie, fish cakes and all sorts of other yummy food (see the list at the end of this post). 


The secret to making mashed potatoes a success is getting them nice and smooth and super tasty.

The first may require a different type of masher to the one you have, or just more elbow grease. We use one that looks like this:

and we have found that moving it in a circular motion also helps to get rid of all the lumps. For me, this is better than the mashers with holes in them.

best mashed potato masher


There are also a few little secret tips that we use to get the taste right.

Ingredients and best potato to mash

The first thing to get right is the type of potato. In the old days, we used to buy ‘Maris Piper’ potatoes in Cornwall on the way back from our holidays – a 56lb bag for a couple of quid! It would last us for at least 6 months.

King Edwards are also known for being good to mash. 



Russet potatoes: Russet potatoes are a popular choice for mashed potatoes due to their high starch content and fluffy texture. They have a mild, slightly sweet flavour that pairs well with butter and cream. 

Yukon Gold potatoes: Yukon Gold potatoes have a naturally buttery flavour and a creamy texture that makes them ideal for mashed potatoes. They have a lower starch content than Russet potatoes, so they produce a smoother, creamier texture.

When it comes down to it though, it is all about the best flavour. My favourite is still the Maris Piper because it just tasted so good, and is great for roasting as well.

Follow this link for a bit more information about Maris Pipers.

Mashed potato secret ingredients

The next thing is the secret ingredient. There are many ways to make mash, and we all have our own little tricks.

In this recipe, you can see my own ‘secret ingredients’ for mash – a bit of Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise, and some cheddar cheese.

Both help to create tasty creamy mashed potatoes, without the taste being too cheesy. Mashed potatoes with Hellmann’s mayo is really a classic.

If you want to get Michelin-style mash, then the trick is to add LOADS of butter. Butter, of course, makes everything good!

Mash is essential in many of the meals we like: fish pie, bangers and mash, cottage pie, shepherd’s pie or just a simple meat and two veg. So you have to get it right!


mashed spuds

Best Mashed Potato Recipe


I hope these tips help you to make some great mash, please let me know how you get on!

How to make the best mashed potatoes

perfect mash

Best Mashed Potato Recipe

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

The best, creamiest and tastiest mashed potato recipe. Use this whenever you need some mash!


  • 1kg Potatoes, peeled and halved (the best tasting ones you can find)
  • 20 g Knob of Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg powder
  • 50 ml Splash of Milk
  • 2 tbsp Hellmann’s Mayonnaise
  • 50g Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Boil a pan of water with a pinch of salt, and use it to boil the potatoes. The smaller they are the quicker they will cook.
  2. Remove the potatoes from the heat after about 15 minutes, when the potatoes are tender but not yet disintegrating. Drain the potatoes on the pan. I use the pan lid to hold the potatoes in the pan while I drain the water into the sink. It saves having to wash a colander or sieve. 
  3. Then add the butter, milk and mayonnaise then mash them using a masher until they are smooth. Then add the cheddar cheese to the potatoes, the nutmeg, salt and pepper and mix all together. Do this when the potatoes are still hot. Try and get as smooth as possible, removing all the lumps if you can.
  4. A circular motion with the correct type of masher can help. Some people use a blender to mix, but then I think you are getting more towards the consistency of packet mash (which reminds me too much of school 😃 ).


Serve in whichever way you wish (but they are always good with some tasty sausages and onion gravy!).

[Note: if you want to make it like the mash you get in posh restaurants then add more butter. This is what they do in the Michelin-starred restaurants and it does make it even tastier!]

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 302Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 213mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 8g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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