What is it about making homemade whipped or mashed potatoes that always seemed so time consuming? It’s definitely something I used to avoid. But no longer!
These Easy Homemade Whipped Potatoes are a cinch to make in just one pot, and they’re done in under 30 minutes.
And they are seriously so delicious. Like, fluffy pillows from heaven.
When it’s this easy to make amazing whipped potatoes, there’s no reason to limit it to just Thanksgiving Day! Whip up a batch (pun intended) whenever you want a cozy, comforting taste of home.
These whipped potatoes make an easy side dish for whatever kind of main dish you’re dreaming of. With just a little butter, milk and garlic, you’ve got a homemade version of restaurant-quality potatoes that the whole family will love. Let’s get to it!
What’s in these Whipped Potatoes
With only a few simple ingredients, these potatoes deliver huge flavor. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Russet Potatoes. Due to their high starch content, russets won’t absorb too much water during boiling.
- Milk. While some recipes call for heavy cream, I have found that you get a lighter, fluffier end result by using milk.
- Butter. Using salted butter adds so much flavor to these potatoes that you don’t have to add extra salt. We’ll be combining the cooked potatoes with warm butter before whipping them.
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
How to make Homemade Whipped Potatoes
As promised, you’ll only need to dirty one pot to make these creamy potatoes.
First, peel the potatoes and cut them into quarters. Boil them until they are fork tender, about 15 minutes.
Then, combine them with the butter, milk, dried garlic and dried onion. Because we’re whipping these potatoes, you won’t need a potato masher or a potato ricer. A handheld electric mixer will do all the work for you.
If you don’t have an electric mixer, don’t worry. Simply transfer the warm potato mixture to a food processor or stand mixer with a whisk attachment.
Whipped Potatoes vs. Mashed Potatoes
The main difference between whipped potatoes and mashed potatoes is the consistency. Whipped potatoes are made with an electric hand mixer, making them very creamy and smooth. The whipping motion also creates tiny air pockets, yielding a lighter consistency than mashed potatoes. Whipped potato recipes often contain more butter and milk than mashed potato recipes.
Mashed potatoes are more dense and less creamy than whipped potatoes. Depending on how mashed they are, mashed potatoes may have a slightly chunky texture.
What are the best potatoes to use for whipped potatoes?
A potato with a high starch content is the best choice for making whipped and mashed potatoes. Potatoes like russets and Yukon Golds are high in starch and low in moisture, which means they will yield a fluffy, buttery final product.
Avoid waxy potatoes like red potatoes. They have a higher moisture content and have a tendency to get gluey when mashed or whipped.
If you’re deciding between russet potatoes or Yukon Gold potatoes, know that Yukon Golds are going to give you creamier mashed potatoes and russets will give you fluffier ones.
Can potatoes be overwhipped?
They sure can. If you overwork the potatoes by mixing too fast or for too long, you can end up with gluey whipped potatoes.
The best way to avoid overwhipped potatoes is to beat them on a low speed just until they are incorporated with the other ingredients.
Can you freeze whipped potatoes?
These Homemade Whipped Potatoes freeze beautifully in an airtight container. Reheat them in the oven or right on the stovetop in a small saucepan. Add a splash of milk to loosen them back up, if needed.
How to serve homemade whipped potatoes
There’s really never a bad time for a side of creamy, warm potatoes. Serve this flavorful side dish with chicken, turkey or beef. Use whipped potatoes as a creative base for meatballs, or pair them with ground beef or turkey for a modern twist on Shephard’s Pie.
My favorite way to enjoy these Homemade Whipped Potatoes is with Champagne Chicken. The creamy Champagne sauce soaks into the potatoes, adding insanely delicious flavor. You’ve got to try it to understand, it is pure bliss.
When you make these Easy Homemade Whipped Potatoes, I’d love to hear about it! Drop a rating or leave a comment below. Enjoy!
For more easy side dish recipes, try these:
For more potato recipes, try these:
- Potatoes Au Gratin with Corn and Gruyere
- Everything-Spiced Sweet Potato Fries
- Loaded Mini Hasselback Potatoes
Easy Homemade Whipped Potatoes
- 2 1/2 lbs. russet potatoes
- 1/2 stick salted butter (4 Tbsp.)
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. onion powder
- Peel and quarter the potatoes. Fill a large stockpot with cold water. Generously salt the water.
- Place potatoes into the salted water.
- Bring the pot to a boil over high heat.
- Boil potatoes 10-15 minutes, until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork. Drain.
- Over low heat, melt the butter in the same pot. Add the hot potatoes, milk and spices.
- Remove from heat. Using an electric hand mixer, whip the potatoes until smooth. Serve warm.