Why Do My Mashed Potatoes Turn Out Lumpy?

If you're going for perfectly smooth taters, look no further. Follow our helpful tips for super creamy mashed potatoes.

Make sure the potatoes are tender before you drain and start mashing.  If they are tender, the lumps should break up with mixing.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Prep: 15 minutes   Cook: 20 minutes   Makes: 4 servings


1-1/2 pounds baking potatoes (such as russet or Yukon gold), peeled and quartered

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons butter or margarine


Black pepper

3 to 5 tablespoons milk

Butter or margarine (optional)


In a medium saucepan cook potatoes and the 1/2 teaspoon salt, covered, in enough boiling water to cover for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender; drain. Mash with a potato masher or beat with an electric mixer on low speed. Add butter. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Gradually beat in enough milk to make mixture light and fluffy. If desired, serve with butter.

Also try our Slow Cooker Mashed Potato recipes and learn how to pick perfect mashing potatoes.

Make mashed potatoes from scratch -- the creamy results are a special side dish for any dinner. See how our Test Kitchen experts make their mashed potatoes using two types of potatoes and a surprisingly simple process.


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