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buttermilk-mashed-potatoes-recipeButtermilk mashed potatoes are tangy and make a nice change from everyday mashed potatoes. 

Buttermilk mashed potatoes are rich and distinctive, and just different enough from the everyday mashed potatoes that everyone will wonder how you made these. 

For these potatoes, I like to use either Yukon Gold or Russet potatoes. Either will work well. I tend to purchase the organic potatoes that I can get at the supermarket.

So, throw out the box of instant mashed potatoes and try these easy-to-prepare homemade buttermilk mashed potatoes. I know that once you see how easy it is to make this dish from scratch, you will not use the boxed variety.



  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • salt and pepper for seasoning


  1. Peel and cut potatoes into 1 1/2 inch cubes and place into a large pot.  Add water to potatoes until they are just covered.  Add 1 teaspoon salt to water.  Cook the potatoes on medium-high heat for about 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork. 
  2. Drain potatoes in a colander and then place into a bowl.
  3. Mash potatoes either by hand with a potato masher, or blend until mostly smooth with a mixer. 
  4. Place buttermilk and the melted butter in a small bowl and stir together.  Pour melted butter and buttermilk mixture into mashed potatoes and stir until well combined. Adjust for seasonings and serve immediately.

Mashed Potatoes Variations

If you are looking for some variety for your mashed potatoes, you can stir in many different ingredients to make them extra special.  Either a couple of tablespoons of minced chives or sliced scallions make a wonderful addition. You could also make loaded mashed potatoes by substituting the buttermilk for sour cream and adding 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese, 2 tablespoons of bacon bits for a loaded mashed potato.

Serve them up special or in the traditional way! They are going to taste so good when you make them homemade.

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