Homemade Creamy Mashed Potatoes

When ordinary mashed potatoes become too routine, spice up a family dinner with these homemade creamy mashed potatoes!

Best recipe for mashed potatoes

Your guests will love this potato side dish in lieu of ordinary mashed potatoes with their meals or holiday dinner. Creamy mashed potatoes with sour cream are full of flavour and sure to please guests who enjoy traditional mashed potatoes.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Why PEI Potatoes? 

The Canadian government made the difficult decision to temporarily ban the export of P.E.I. potatoes to the U.S. That’s roughly around $120 million possibly taken out of the P.E.I. economy and affecting so many farmers and people on the Island. When baking recipes using potatoes this holiday season, encourage Prince Edward Island farmers by using P.E.I. potatoes in your menus and holiday meals. 

Prince Edward Island Potatoes are recognized all over the world for their unique taste and excellent quality. What makes our potatoes so special? It’s the pride and the care that PEI Farm Families put into their work. Potato Farming on PEI is more than a job, it’s an identity.

Their growers are extremely close to the soil. Many have grown up on the land they continue to farm. They spend their lives learning valuable lessons from the previous generation on successfully producing food for others.

They have over two hundred years of experience growing high-quality potatoes on an Island that’s ideally suited to produce the best potatoes you’ve ever tasted. Their red, iron-rich soil is perfectly suited for potatoes, as it retains just the right amount of moisture during the growing season. Warm summers, cold winters, and adequate rainfall result in excellent growing conditions with the right balance of heat, light, and water to maximize yields and tuber quality.  

The Island also provides a distinct advantage for growing high-quality potatoes as the ocean acts as a natural barrier against airborne or insect-borne diseases. As well, this easy access to the ocean facilitates the transportation of the crop, while limited points of entry allow us to fully control the movement of potatoes into and out of the province.

Looking in on a potato field in the red sands of Prince Edward Island, Canada, with the Northumberland Strait in the background

For more information, you can follow PEI Potato Board on social media –FacebookInstagramPinterestTwitter, and YouTube (PEI potatoes).

Benefits of Eating Potatoes

Aside from being absolutely delicious, there are many other reasons to eat PEI Potatoes. Potatoes are a super healthy option! On their own, potatoes naturally have no fat, no cholesterol, no sodium, and only 100 calories per serving. Not to mention, they are gluten-free and vegan so everyone can enjoy them!

Potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse containing 45% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin C, 18% of your recommended daily fibre intake, and 17 % of your recommended potassium intake (that’s more potassium per serving than a banana or broccoli!).

Potatoes are also packed with antioxidants! A diet high in antioxidants may reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. And if that doesn’t convince you to eat more potatoes, antioxidants also give you glowing skin!

There are multiple ways to incorporate potatoes that are fun to prepare, delicious to eat, and healthy for you! You can eat potatoes in a new way every day and not get tired of them. You can bake ‘em, boil ’em, mash ‘em, fry ’em up… there’s no bad way to cook potatoes!

Not to mention, per dollar, potatoes are an affordable option for meeting key dietary guidelines for good health.

Potato Cooking Tips

  • You can mash potatoes in their own skins, since the skin houses a bounty of beneficial nutrients and dietary fibre.
  • When preparing baked potatoes, consider topping such as olive oil, diced vegetables, herbs, sun-dried tomatoes, salsa, or low-fat sour cream, as it’s the toppings that contribute the calories.

Can you make mashed potatoes ahead of time?

Once the mashed potatoes are prepared (omit the butter and green onions or chives), you can put them into a large microwave-safe bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap while leaving about an inch from the top. You can refrigerate for up to 2 days.

  • To reheat in the microwave, poke about 6 holes in the plastic wrap, and microwave at medium-high (70 percent) until the potatoes are hot (check after 10 minutes, and add by increments of 1 minute until you find them hot enough) and stir halfway through the reheating time. Sprinkle the creamy potatoes with green onions or chives and add butter.
  • To reheat on the stove top, remove the creamy potatoes from the bowl, and cook them in a saucepan over low heat. Stir frequently until they are hot. Sprinkle the creamy potatoes with green onions or chives and add butter.
Homemade Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Delicious Potato Recipes

For more delicious recipes with potatoes such as this Mediterranean Baked Potato Platter, please consider trying some from the Prince Edward Island Potato Board by visiting their website!

Recipe for creamy mashed potatoes

Creamy Potatoes get their flavour from the delicious mixture of cheese, sour cream, and green onions – which add a festive touch. They are not too far a stretch from regular mashed potatoes for holiday guests who like tradition.

Ingredients for Creamy Mashed Potatoes

  • 8 large potatoes (about 4 lbs)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cups sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup green onions or chives chopped
  • add softened butter to taste (4-6 tbsp)

Kitchen Tools Needed

  • Bowl
  • Saucepan
  • Strainer or slotted spoon
  • Stand mixer or potato masher
Boiling potatoes for creamy mashed potatoes

Best way to make creamy mashed potatoes

Scrub the potatoes clean, remove skin, and cut them into large cubes.

Add the potatoes to a saucepan and cover them with two inches of cold water and make sure there is some room left on the tops. Add the salt into the water and stir until dissolved. Bring the potatoes to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Place the pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. The potatoes are ready when you poke a potato with a fork and it’s slides all the way to the centre. It is now tender. Drain the potatoes in a strainer or with a slotted spoon.

In a bowl, mash the potatoes with the milk using a stand mixer or potato masher. Stir in sour cream, salt and pepper. Sprinkle the creamy potatoes with green onions or chives, and add butter to taste.

Recipe note: For a lighter recipe, low-fat sour cream can be used.

Homemade Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Spice It Up With Creamy Potatoes

While ordinary mashed potatoes are tasty, any holiday meal can be spiced up with creamy potatoes. The holiday season is a time for indulging and guests love to indulge in potatoes as a part of the traditional holiday meal.

I hope you enjoyed these Homemade Creamy Mashed Potatoes as much as I did! If you make it, please share your photos with us on Facebook or Twitter! Also, check out our Twice Baked Bacon Potato Recipe and all of our other recipes!

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Homemade Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Lyne
Homemade Creamy mashed potatoes are full of flavour and sure to please guests who enjoy mashed potatoes with sour cream.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 289 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl
  • saucepan
  • Strainer or slotted spoon
  • Stand mixer or potato masher

Ingredients
  

  • 8 large potatoes 4 lbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cups sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup green onions or chives chopped
  • add softened butter to taste 4 tbsp or more

Instructions
 

  • Scrub the potatoes clean, remove skin, and cut them into large cubes.
  • Add the potatoes to a saucepan and cover them with two inches of cold water and make sure there is some room left on the tops. Add the salt into the water and stir until dissolved.
  • Bring the potatoes to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Place the pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  • The potatoes are ready when you poke a potato with a fork and it’s slides all the way to the centre. It is now tender.
  • Drain the potatoes in a strainer or with a slotted spoon.
  • In a bowl, mash the potatoes with the milk using a stand mixer or potato masher. Stir in sour cream, salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle the creamy potatoes with green onions or chives, and add butter to taste.

Notes

For a lighter recipe, low-fat sour cream can be used.
Can you make mashed potatoes ahead of time?
Once the mashed potatoes are prepared (omit the butter and green onions or chives), you can put them into a large microwave-safe bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap while leaving about an inch from the top. You can refrigerate for up to 2 days.
  • To reheat in the microwave, poke about 6 holes in the plastic wrap, and microwave at medium-high (70 percent) until the potatoes are hot (check after 10 minutes, and add by increments of 1 minute until you find them hot enough) and stir halfway through the reheating time. Sprinkle the creamy potatoes with green onions or chives and add butter.
  • To reheat on the stove top, remove the creamy potatoes from the bowl, and cook them in a saucepan over low heat. Stir frequently until they are hot. Sprinkle the creamy potatoes with green onions or chives and add butter.

Nutrition

Calories: 289kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 7gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 825mgPotassium: 1280mgFiber: 6gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 274IUVitamin C: 57mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 2mg
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Lyne
Lynehttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto.She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is the kind of Mashed Potatoes that I LOVE! All family place those potatoes in the mixer and beat them to death. They are so smooth

  2. I have NEVER thought to make mashed potatoes ahead of time! And so sad for our PEI farmers…..we need to eat more Canadian to help them out!

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