Tyler Florence’s Velvety Mashed Potatoes

Updated November 07, 2017

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Editor’s Note: There’s nothing quite as comforting as mashed potatoes. This recipe, straight from celebrity chef Tyler Florence’s own kitchen, is buttery and smooth – so basically, perfection. Whip up this mashed potato recipe as a side dish for a family dinner or to bring to a party. It’s great for Thanksgiving dinner, but your family will love it any time of year!



OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together, Formal Dinner Party

Dietary ConsiderationEgg-free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 large Yukon Gold potatoes (2½ to 3 pounds), peeled
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup olive oil (optional)
  • Chopped chives, for garnish 


  1. In a small saucepan, heat the cream and butter over medium heat until the butter melts; remove from the heat and set aside. In a medium saucepan, cover the potatoes with cold water. Bring the pot to a boil, add the salt, reduce the heat, and simmer until the potatoes are very tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain, then pass the potatoes through a food mill or a ricer into a large mixing bowl. Gently stir in the warm cream and butter mixture until it is entirely absorbed by the potatoes and the mixture is smooth. Season with salt and pepper, then finish with the olive oil (if using). Garnish with chopped chives. Serve with Tyler Florence’s Fried Chicken.


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