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Mashed Red Potatoes Recipe

These Mashed Red Potatoes are pure comfort food and a simple side dish.  Mashed with simple ingredients like butter, sour cream, garlic, and milk, they are bursting with flavor and pair well with just about anything.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 71kcal
Author: The Carefree Kitchen


  • 4 lbs Red Potatoes washed, peeled (optional) and cut into 1" dice
  • 2 teaspoons Salt for boiling water
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter room temperature
  • ½ cup Sour Cream lite or full fat
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • ¼ cup Milk as needed


  • Wash the potatoes and cut into 1" cubes. (Note: you can leave the peel on if desired or peel half of the potatoes. The potato peel gives it a rustic texture.)
  • Place the potatoes in a pot and cover with hot water, add 2 teaspoons of salt, and bring to a boil.
  • Cooking on medium heat, boil potatoes for 20-30 minutes, or until they are fork-tender and no longer stick to a fork when pierced.
  • Drain the water, then add the potatoes back to the pot. Add in your butter, sour cream, salt, and garlic powder. Mash potatoes with a hand masher, getting out all of the largest chunks. You can keep mashed potatoes as chunky or as smooth as you like, adding up to ¼ cup of milk as needed. (Note: you may also use a standing mixer with the whisk attachment, but be sure not to overmix or your potatoes will become gummy.)
  • Finish with a pat of butter and chopped parsley if desired. Enjoy!




  1. You can leave the peels on or take them off, whichever you prefer, just make sure to wash them
  2. Start with cold water covering your potatoes, then bring to a boil.  They will cook more evenly this way.
  3. Salting the water you boil your potatoes in seasons them as they cook.
  4. A hand potato masher will you give you a great rustic mashed potatoes texture.
  5. Cutting your potatoes smaller will make them cook faster!


Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 925mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 233IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg