the ultimate mashed potatoes

The Ultimate Mashed Potatoes

January 13, 2023 No Comments

These ultimate mashed potatoes are made with garlic and herb infused butter making them super flavorful.

The ultimate mashed potatoes

From the recipe collection of Tara Ippolito

These really are the ultimate mashed potatoes.

Once I started making them this way I never went back.

mashed potato cover

They’re so easy and absolutely delicious!

There’s so much flavor infused into every bite because of my little butter trick.

What’s my butter trick? Great question.

mashed potatoes

I melt the butter with herbs and garlic. That way the butter itself gets flavored.

Once it’s mixed into the mashed potatoes they taste incredible!

finished mashed potatoes

I get so many compliments on these every time I make them.

This recipe is great for a causal weeknight dinner or special occasion.

buttered mashed potatoes

I’ve made them for family dinners and as a Thanksgiving and Christmas side dish.

I know If you make these ultimate mashed potatoes that you’ll love them, too.

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What potatoes should I use?

So Yukon Gold potatoes are the best for mashing.


That’s because they’re naturally buttery and have a high starch content.

They make really nice sense dense mashed potatoes.

cubed mashed potatoes

Russet would work but if you can get your hands on some Yukon Gold potatoes, use them.

Do I have to use chicken broth?

No you don’t have to boil these potatoes in chicken broth.

chicken broth

You can use vegetable broth if you’d like or just water.

The broth will add a bunch of flavor to the potatoes. So I definitely recommend it.

chicken broth

But water would work just fine, too.

What can I serve this with?

Mashed potatoes are great because they go with just about anything.

muffin tin chicken pot pie

Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve made these for holidays and family weeknight dinners, too.

Paid these with your favorite protein and you’re good to go.

juicy breaded pork chops

If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are a few recipes to go with this that I absolutely love.

Other Potato Recipes

If you’re looking for some other delicious potato recipes here are some great ones.

onion roasted potatoes
Lemon and dill roasted potatoes

The ultimate mashed potatoes ingredients

mashed potato in pot
  • Potatoes
  • Chicken broth
  • Butter
  • Garlic cloves
  • Fresh thyme
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Sour cream
  • Heavy cream
  • Chives/ parsley for garnish (optional)


First, clean, peel and chop your potatoes into about 2 inch cubes.

cubed mashed potatoes in pot

Now add them to a sauce pan and cover them in chicken broth. Boil them until fork tender.

cubed potatoes in chicken broth

Then drain them and set them aside.

Now in that same sauce pan, add butter, garlic cloves, thyme and rosemary.

butter, garlic and thyme in pot

Let the butter melt over medium high heat and stir the ingredients in. Remove the ingredients from the butter after a couple of minutes. (Once you can smell the herbs and garlic.

removing garlic and thyme from butter

Next add the potatoes back into the pot with the infused butter.

potatoes in pot

Then add the sour cream and heavy cream.

seasoned mashed potatoes

Now season the potatoes with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mash it all together until smooth.

mashing potatoes

Finally transfer the mashed potatoes to a serving dish. Garnish with chives/parsley and add a little pad of butter if you’d like.

finished mashed potatoes

Serve warm and enjoy!

The ultimate mashed potatoes recipe video

The Ultimate Mashed Potatoes

These easy to make ultimate mashed potatoes are loaded with flavor in every bite.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq side dish, brussels sprouts side dish, easy mashed potatoes, mashed potato recipe, mashed potatoes, the ultimate mashed potatoes


  • 3 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 1-2 32 oz chicken broth (you may need more just make sure the potatoes are covered in liquid)
  • 1 stick butter
  • 5 cloves Garlic, crushed
  • 5 sprigs Thyme, fresh
  • 5 sprigs Rosemary, fresh
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tbs garlic powder
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 2/3 c sour cream
  • parsley or chives for garnish (optional)


  • Fist, clean, peel and chop the potatoes into 2 inch cubes. Then add them to a pot. Cover them in the chicken broth and boil until fork tender (about 10 minutes)
  • Drain the potatoes and set them in the side. In the same pot, melt the butter with the fresh garlic, thyme and rosemary. Stir everything together for about 3/4 minutes then remove the everything from the butter.
  • Now add the potatoes back into the pot. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Also add the cream and sour cream.
  • Mash the potatoes until everything is evenly combined together and the potatoes are smooth.
  • Serve with a little pad on butter on top and garnish with parsley or chives (optional)
Tara Ippolito

About Al Dente Diva

Tara Ippolito is a self taught home cook from New Jersey and cookbook author of Fast, Simple, Delicious. Better known as “T” across social media, she makes easy to follow recipes using familiar ingredients. T uses her Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest channels to share recipes and cooking tips for everyday people. Her motivation to share with her followers is simple. To inspire people to cook and become more comfortable in the kitchen.

As a wife and busy mother of two little boys she she’s always cooking fast family friendly meals. Sharing her kitchen with others that want to learn is a true passion of hers. As her social media platforms continue to grow she is committed to delivering consistently delicious content to her followers.

Al Dente Diva

Hello there! My name is T & I’m a home cook from New Jersey. I love to share easy to make recipes, cooking tips & kitchen hacks with people who love to cook like I do. My recipes are all easy to follow & use ingredients most people are familiar with. Being a busy stay at home mother of two, I have to cook delicious budget friendly meals that are fast to make. I hope you find something helpful here. Thanks for coming by.

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