The Ultimate Guide to Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

The Ultimate Mashed Potatoes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Connie Veneracion


  • 600 to 700 starchy potatoes peeled and diced
  • 125 grams butter cut into small cubes
  • 125 grams milk or cream (you may need more depending on the absorption capacity of the potatoes
  • salt
  • pepper
  • chopped herbs (optional)


  • Place the diced potatoes in a pan. Cover with water. Bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer until very tender (as in, when pierced with a fork, the potato will break apart).
  • Drain the potatoes and transfer to a bowl. Whether using a fork or a potato ricer, do the mashing while the potatoes are hot.
  • Add the butter to the mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir lightly until the butter has melted and has been absorbed by the mashed potatoes.
  • Pour in the milk or cream (and herbs, if using). Again, stir lightly just until the mixture acquires a uniform consistency. Taste, add more salt and pepper, as needed. Stir to blend.
  • Scroll down for the gravy recipe.