Favorite additions to mashed potatoes

dipat2005 Posts: 1,225 ✭✭✭✭

I made some yummy mashed potatoes the other night with potato pearls. They can be made with water but I used less water and more 1/2 and 1/2 and added butter. They tasted really good.

What kinds of thingsdo you add to potatoes to make them yummy?



  • Marjory Wildcraft
    Marjory Wildcraft Posts: 1,584 admin

    Can't go wrong with butter!

  • Michelle D
    Michelle D Posts: 1,415 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I like lots of garlic in my potatoes.

  • judsoncarroll4
    judsoncarroll4 Posts: 5,353 admin

    I boil garlic cloves with my potatoes (leave the skin on the potatoes, btw), then mash it all together with butter, milk, a spoonful or two of mayo, sour cream, bacon fat, cheese (preferably blue, swiss or parm), top with crumbled bacon and chives.

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,502 admin

    I had to google potato pearls. Never heard of them before.

    I also boil garlic cloves in with the potatoes. Sour cream or heavy whipping cream are two choice additions along with extra butter. Crumbled bacon. Chives. Thyme. Black Pepper.

    Sometimes I will cook parsnips in with the potatoes. Tones down the flavour of the parsnips for anyone not too fond of them. A pinch of nutmeg is excellent in this.

    Has anyone ever had colcannon (mashed potatoes and cabbage)? I don't make it often (hubby doesn't like cooked cabbage) but I like it a lot.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,356 admin

    Oh yum. I love eating potatoes and these all sound amazing!

    I know of some people who will add cream cheese & a mix of onions & herbs to their mashed potatoes.

    I absolutely love thick cream gravy on potatoes. 😋

  • Marjory Wildcraft
    Marjory Wildcraft Posts: 1,584 admin

    I've seen it said over and over - but hey it bears repeating.

    GARLIC AND BUTTER!!!!! lol

  • annbeck62
    annbeck62 Posts: 994 ✭✭✭✭

    garlic always works! Sometimes I'll mix in one or more other root vegetables to add a depth of flavor :)

  • kbmbillups1
    kbmbillups1 Posts: 1,314 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Garlic and butter here too! Whipping cream or half and half too - whichever I have at the time!

    I can almost taste the yummy goodness!

  • Linda Bittle
    Linda Bittle Posts: 1,500 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 8

    I have yet to meet a potato that I didn't like! Butter and bacon are my top add-ins. If I have it, I like cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions, and/or garlic.

    Now I'm hungry ;-)

  • VermontCathy
    VermontCathy Posts: 1,911 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have used olive oil, peanut butter (or other nut butters), sour cream, grated cheese of any type, pesto, and probably other things. Potatoes can accept a wide variety of toppings.

    Also consider the Irish dish colcannon, a blend of mashed potatoes and chopped cabbage, with other greens optional.

  • vickeym
    vickeym Posts: 2,019 ✭✭✭✭✭

    So many delicious options here, And most of them I have tried. Have also topped baked potatoes with things like chili, taco meat, anything that you would use on a baked potato. Anything you would have in a Philly cheesesteak. BBQ pork, beef or chicken. Broccoli and/or cauliflower in a cheese sauce.

    OK, we just had supper and now my mouth is watering and I'm craving potatoes.

  • VermontCathy
    VermontCathy Posts: 1,911 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @vickeym I think fried chorizo (or alternately, ground pork with your own spices) would also work well with potatoes. Chorizo and scrambled eggs is great!

  • SuperC
    SuperC Posts: 916 ✭✭✭✭

    Butter, sour cream, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper are what i add to mashed peral potatoes. The key is to whisk with a fork for making small batches. Usually I use hot water yet milk may be added along with the hot water.

    Add dried parsley, shredded cheese, chives and sour cream, roasted garlic and onions, green scallions and minced ham.


  • water2world
    water2world Posts: 1,088 ✭✭✭✭

    Oh my oh my---ready to go make mashed potatoes!

    I have never tried boiling garlic with the potatoes ,but makes perfect sense!! I always add cheese (even cream cheese) and butter-- and sometimes a little milk. Today mine will be a bit different as I incorporate some of these ideas! YUM

  • Lisa K
    Lisa K Posts: 1,838 ✭✭✭✭✭

    For me it is garlic, butter and thyme!

  • dipat2005
    dipat2005 Posts: 1,225 ✭✭✭✭

    Everything sounds so good and it is breakfast time for me. Our mashed potatoes will incorporate some of these great ideas. Thanks so much!!