Hand down, the best way potatoes to make mashed potatoes, is in the Instant Pot. I NEVER boil potatoes anymore. Never ever. Instant Pot potatoes are so much better.
The family has gotten to like loaded mash potatoes so one day when they were all home, I took some pictures while I made them. This is a big batch and would likely feed a dozen people. Half the recipe is you want or adjust as you wish.
I peel a 5 pound bag of red potatoes. You can see I don’t completely peel them. For the most part, I do a “cut the eyes out and peel a bit” amount. I have an 8 quart Instant Pot and you can see it is about 1/2 full.
There is about an inch of water in there under all of those potatoes. I put the lid on, closed it, and then used manual pressure for 7 minutes…if I am making mashed potatoes. If I’m making regular potatoes, I only set the times for five minutes.
I release the pressure once the timer goes off. Drain the potatoes and then prep some ingredients. I soften 4 ounces of cream cheese and 4 Tablespoons of butter. For this batch, I also fried up a pound of bacon…what can I say, we’re bacon lovers.
Some shredded cheese goes in too.
I typically don’t add milk…it all depends on the potatoes. I know for many people, milk is standard in mashed potatoes. Then I mix it all up with the mixer.
I typically stop and add some spices. This day I included salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Typically onion powder is in the mix too, but this day I was out.
I add these to taste.
The potatoes are wonderful.
All potatoes are a little different in their moisture content. Everyone prefers their mashed potatoes at a different consistency too. So, my recommendation is that if your potatoes seem a little dry to you, add sour cream rather than milk. The sour cream adds creaminess where the milk just adds liquid.
These are to die for in Karl’s opinion. These are something that for some reason, Kelli has been able to keep down during this pregnancy. I’ll likely keep making them just like this as to date, every time I make them the kids say, “Mom, these are the best batch EVER!”