Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

Total Time:
50 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 3 pounds boiling potatoes, peeled
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Directions

Cut the potatoes into 1-inch cubes and place them in a large pot. Cover the potatoes with cold water and add enough salt so the water tastes quite salty. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 to 12 minutes, until the potatoes fall apart easily when pierced with a fork.

Meanwhile, heat the milk and butter in a small saucepan, making sure it doesn't boil. Set aside until the potatoes are done.

As soon as the potatoes are tender, drain them in a colander. Place a food mill fitted with a small disc/blade over a glass bowl. Process the potatoes through the food mill, turning the handle back and forth to force the potatoes through the disc. As soon as the potatoes are mashed, slowly whisk in enough of the hot milk/butter mixture to make the potatoes very creamy. Add 2 teaspoons of salt and the sour cream and pepper and whisk to combine. Taste for seasoning and serve hot.


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Love it! This is my go-to potato recipe now!!!!<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
We made these on Thanksgiving. They were so smooth, if we hadn't made them ourselves we would suspect they were instant (except for the great flavor). We found that we did not use all the milk/butter. We added it in as needed to achieve the right consistency. Also, we used the yellow golden potatoes. YUM! The food mill was used for the first time in a LONG time! It really made a difference. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Unbelievable mashed potatoes. I used to just use salted butter and heavy cream and they were good for about 5 minutes and then got clumpy and dry. This recipe changed everything. The potatoes had such a great combination of flavors and stayed moist all through dinner. We even had them today and they were the same way even after refrigerating over night. All of my guests raved about these mashed potatoes. I have permanently adopted this mashed potato recipe. Highly recommended!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Mashed potatoes seem so simple, but mine usually turn out too dry or too wet or not buttery enough. The proportions of milk, butter, and sour cream in this recipe work perfectly, making these potatoes neither too dry nor too wet. For me, the right amount of seasoning provides the key to great mashed potatoes. When something seems off, I find a little more salt usually does the trick. Oh, and lots of fresh cracked black pepper. I used Yukon Gold potatoes for their silky texture, and I substituted Greek yogurt for half of the sour cream. I tucked this recipe in my “go to” folder. item not reviewed by moderator and published
They came out amazingly well! :) Sour Cream is nice, but it all starts with a flavor-filled potato! item not reviewed by moderator and published
IT came out great item not reviewed by moderator and published
The sour cream makes the difference. I used sour cream for years but lately I have been putting finish mashed potatoes in Bowl cassarole dish first ii put some milk and butter in bottom then cover and put in 325 oven until the rest of meal is prepared. They are creamy and I dont have to mess with potatoes at the last minute. I will be making for thanksgiving for 20 people. turkey comes out prepared vdishes into oven. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wildly unhealthy and delicious. Substituted salt for garlic salt, extra flavor! Yummy item not reviewed by moderator and published
I usually ***** at making mashed potatoes, but these actually came out awesome! My boyfriend and I both loved them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family thinks I'm crazy because I'm not a "mashed" lover. However, I just might become one if I can prepare this recipe every time! It was wonderful. I used 'gold" potatoes ('cause I had a bag and they were great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wasn't particularly impressed by the flavor of these potatoes. They were good, but not very exciting. The sour cream really wasn't too my liking and I felt it overpowered the buttery flavor that I was hoping would stand out more. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy and rich. I use a hand potato masher instead of a food mill, since I prefer my mashed potatoes lumpy. I didn't have chives, but think they would definitely add to the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so easy, and so tasty. I had a similar recipe but this one is so much better. I love you Ina, you are the best!! I actually made these along with her beef bourguignon recipe and everyone absolutely love them both! I trust her recipes every time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is very similar to my family's mashed potato recipe. We used canned evaporated milk, and ALWAYS HAND MASH!! NEVER USE A MIXER!! There's nothing like hand mashed buttery creamy potatoes. Delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! And so easy to make. I only have around 2.3 lbs. of potatoes so cut down the amount of milk (I used half-n-half, butter and sour cream and it turned out perfectly. I agree with Ina that the yukon gold potatoes do make the best mashers! Will definitely make these again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy to make and it really taste great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are amazing, but I use salted butter and add chopped green onions theyre a huge hit with my family! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe. I make the recipe as stated, but to save yourself some time and energy, dump your cooked potatoes into your kitchen mixer fitted with the paddle and let the machine do the work for you. I use half &amp; half instead of milk.....because if I am going to eat mashed potatoes, I am going to do it right. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was not only simple to make but they turned out absolutely delicious! Definitely going in the recipe box. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is such a great recipe and very easy too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This works so good with children they love to help to cook. I added butter Left out the milk. Great RECIPE item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good and easy. Hand mashed and used non fat greek yogurt instead of sour cream. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE THE RECIPE! PERFECT! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hosted my first Thanksgiving this year and had planned to wing the mashed potatoes b/c their easy to improvise. Decided at the last minute to look up a recipe and my guest were so glad I did! They were raving abou these potatoes and I just got finished sending the recipe to friends and family. They were delish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So good, and so easy! I could eat these every day!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best mashed potatoes recipe! I used less than three pounds of potatoes since my husband and I were only cooking for two. We altered the rest of the ingredients accordingly and it was PERFECT! The sour cream makes it so creamy and delicious. I can't wait to have left overs tomorrow. YUM! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is GOOD love it yummy in my tummy : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy. I've been making this recipe for years. The sour cream is the secret ingredient that takes it to a whole new delicious level. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this with Ina's Meat Loaf, it was a great side and very tasty. I used russets, i didn't have unsalted butter so I used margarine and just added my salt to taste. I also don't have a food mill but I wanted my potatoes to be super creamy, so after mashing and adding everything together (I could not use a whisk I used my stick blender to smooth out the lumps. also, add the milk and butter mixture in slow and mix to your consistency. I used it all and my potatoes were loose. After blending it though, it held firm. So simple but lots of good flavor! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i agree with all of you it was definately great! thx ina item not reviewed by moderator and published
omg the best thing ever love and tried all her food inspires me too cook all the time item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great flavor! We didn't use all of the butter/milk in the potatoes because they were creamy enough with about 3/4 of the mixture. The family enjoyed them a lot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic! Great consistency. Very rich and creamy. We added a bit more salt and pepper to taste. I also threw in some chives and mild parmesan as we had it on hand. Perfect for this chilly winter evening. Thank you, Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never been able to make mashed potatoes well. I tried this recipe for Thanksgiving and they were a huge hit! I can finally produce delicious mashed potatoes. Thank you, Barefoot Contessa. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Made with pan seared chicken and steamed spinach!! Was ready a little early so threw in the oven at 250 till we were ready to eat.. Just a helpful hint for those who are new in the kitchen :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband LOVES mashed potatoes and I've always struggled to make them well. They are generally not seasoned enough or cold by the time we eat. However, he raved about these mashed potatoes! This recipe is foolproof, easy and a definate keeper. Thanks again Ina!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
First of all, I'm a newer cook of about three active years in trying out different recipes. So to be honest, I've had a number of flops, but this was fabulous! Along with a gravy I made from roast drippings, this recipe even tops my mother's-- and that is saying something! My fiance absolutely loved it as well. It is going in my growing arsenal of hits! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were really good and easy to make! I have, at times, added chopped up chives and even some chopped up cooked bacon. With the sour cream its like a baked potato. Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
As always Ina, you don't disappoint us. These were very easy to make. No fail item not reviewed by moderator and published
they are really easy and really fast to make. my whole family loved it and it was perfect for fathers day. it is a really good dish if your looking for something healthy, quick to make, and DELICIOUS. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are really good even though I am not big on mashed potateos. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are super easy. I add four garlic cloves to the water with potatoes and then put them all through a ricer. I also add a bunch of chopped chives. I don't add pepper. I only added 4 tbsp of butter as I thought 6 might be too much. These mashed potatoes complement many dishes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I sorta cheated and added two of my grandma's secret ingredients for her mashed potatoes. She doesn't measure, nor does she use sour cream, so whenever I try to recreate hers, it's pretty much hit or miss. With these proportions of milk, butter, and sour cream, all I have to do is play with the amounts of secret ingredients that I put in. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These came out really yummy and were super easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this on new year's eve for my friends and everyone loved them! I substituted half and half for the milk and they were creamy and flavorful!! I will definitely make these again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Ina's receipes but this one was a little more bland than usual. I added extra sour cream and it was still bland. Her parmesean mashed potatoes are awesome though. I'll definatly make those again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was to bland.....No taste what so ever. I perfer my regular. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are so easy to make and so delicious . I make them all the time! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The sour cream mashed potatoes were absolutely the best mashed potatoes I have ever enjoyed! Smooth as silk and perfectly seasoned. I'll make this recipe again and again. Thanks Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A definite keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THESE POTATOS item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this dish was just okay. I used Yukon gold potatoes too. I just thought it was lacking a little seasoning. Maybe I needed to add a little more salt. Or maybe it was the sour cream. It made them a little sweet, but then again I'm pregnant so some things do taste a bit off right now. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved these. I added about 2 oounces of cream cheese, and peeled and boiled 5 cloves of garlic with the potatoes. Very good, will make again and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
First time making them this way and the potatoes were just so creamy and smooth... item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband does not like sour cream, so I tried to hide when I mixed it in. To no avail, he saw me, but later raved about the product after helping himself to three servings. item not reviewed by moderator and published
creamy and yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this along with the oven fried chicken. Will never make mashed potatoes without sour cream again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My title says it all. My family loved these! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy, and good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
As always any recipe from the Barefoot Contessa is great. I added a little bit more sour cream. They went quick and everyone loved them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make these for every holiday and they are always the first thing to go. It is so easy and creamy but not too runny. Just perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these for the first time tonight and they were great. As with a few other Ina recipes, however, I cut the last 2 teaspoons of salt in half and was glad I did. Served these with a dollop of sour cream on top and they were excellent and so easy. Skipped the food mill and just whipped them with a handheld mixer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has become my favorite recipe for mashed potatoes. Everyone in my family loves these. I always use Yukon Gold potatoes, as they make for a much creamier mashed potato. Try these... you will love them. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
MASHED POTATOES I'VE EVER MADE I make them everytime we have mashed potatoes at our house! A Huge HIT! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Potatoes, butter, and sour cream?? What's not to like?? I have been making mashed potatoes with butter and sour cream for years and years. A family recipe since I was a teenager. My Hungarian great aunt served them to me when I was young. Hungarians love sour cream. We never used milk, only butter and sour cream, maybe a bit of milk. We never measure, just guess at the amount. This recipe is delicious. Now I have a better idea of the amount of ingredients. If you are going to make mashed potatoes do it the delicious way or don't bother. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried them. They are fast, easy, and very tasty. They were perfect with the herb chicken I made. item not reviewed by moderator and published
great, nice and easy item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were great. We had a little too much liquid for the amount of potatoes we had, but we just used instant mashed potato flakes to thicken it a little bit. Oh, and salted butter is fine, just cut down the salt you add later. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I even added some chopped chives to these. Very good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a perfect recipe for potatoes. It is almost as good as Ina's parmesan smashed pototes:-) item not reviewed by moderator and published

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