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Best Mashed Potato Recipe

Best Mashed Potato Recipe

Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Mashed potatoes are used in many types of cooking. In Britain we use them for meals like: ‘bangers and mash‘ (sausages and mashed potatoes), cottage and shepherd’s pie, fish cakes and all sorts of yummy food. This recipe will tell you how to make a tasty and creamy mashed potato.


The secret to making mashed potatoes a success is getting it 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.

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

sausage and mash and gravy

Good old bangers and mash

Follow the link for a bit more about Maris Pipers.

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 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 mashed potatoes

perfect mash

Best Mashed Potato Recipe

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 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!]

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And if you have some mashed potato leftovers, then try these:

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