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Mashed Potatoes For One

Mashed Potatoes For One! Two small potatoes cooked in garlic infused milk and cream. A rich, creamy, and absolutely delicious single serving side dish.

A bowl of mashed potatoes topped with parsley plated next to a red cloth napkin

You might be surprised to see just how easy it is to make a single serving of mashed potatoes. This simple mashed potato recipe is one I think you'll love using year-round. It's a recipe that is quick to make, so easy, and full of so much flavor.

With every side dish recipe in our Thanksgiving For One series, I find myself thinking, "this side dish is my favorite". Truth be told, I guess they are all my favorites. But this simple mashed potatoes recipe is one I make all the time, it's wonderful!

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Why This Recipe Works

  • Instead of cooking the potatoes in water, I cook them in milk and cream. This method will guarantee that you have ultra-creamy mashed potatoes.
  • This mashed potatoes recipe is one that you can use year round. It's a delicious side dish that will go well with almost any protein.
An overhead view of a bowl of mashed potatoes topped with parsley plated on a metal tray next to a serving spoon and a red cloth napkin

Ingredient Notes

Scroll down to the recipe box for the ingredient amounts and complete instructions.

For this small batch mashed potatoes recipe, you will need:

  • Potatoes: I recommend using 2 Yukon Gold potatoes. These potatoes have a slightly buttery flavor and are the best potato for mashing. They are absolutely perfect for creamy mashed potatoes.
  • Milk: Use any percentage milk in this recipe.
  • Heavy cream: Cream makes these mashed potatoes gloriously creamy. You can also leave out the milk and use only cream for ultra creamy mashed potatoes.
  • Garlic, ground coriander, stone ground mustard, salt, and pepper: These ingredients add a tremendous amount of flavor to the potatoes.
  • Butter: I use salted butter.
  • Olive oil: I use extra virgin olive oil in this mashed potatoes recipe as well as in every other recipe on One Dish Kitchen that calls for olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is the least processed form of olive oil. It is an unrefined oil and the highest-quality olive oil you can buy. Because of the way extra virgin olive oil is made, it retains more true olive taste. It also contains more of the vitamins and minerals found in olives. It's my favorite type of olive oil to use but you may use a lighter olive oil instead.

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Chop the potatoes into quarters and place them in a heavy pot. Pour in the cream and the milk and let the potatoes simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
  2. After the potatoes have cooked, pour out the liquid into a bowl and save it. The liquid has such incredible flavor, you're going to add it back a little at a time as you mash the potatoes.
  3. Stir in some fresh ground black pepper, butter, olive oil - and my special ingredient, stone ground mustard. The mustard makes the potatoes taste amazing!

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A closeup of a bowl of mashed potatoes topped with parsley

Expert Tips

  • I highly recommend using Gold potatoes in this mashed potato recipe. This type of potato is perfect for mashing and has a buttery flavor.
  • Feel free to customize this recipe by adding in other herbs and spices.
  • Although I love using stone ground mustard in this recipe, dijon mustard will also work.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Best Potatoes To Use In Mashed Potatoes?

I use Yukon Gold potatoes in my single serving mashed potato recipe.
Gold potatoes have a slightly buttery flavor and are the best potato for mashing. They are absolutely perfect for creamy mashed potatoes.

Can Mashed Potatoes Be Made Ahead Of Time?

Yes, you can make mashed potatoes and store them covered in the refrigerator. They will stay good for 3 days. To reheat, add a little butter and heat in the microwave.

What Is The Best Pan Size To Use For A Single Serving Of Mashed Potatoes?

I use a 2-quart saucepan. For best results, please use a pan of similar size.
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What To Do With Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this mashed potato recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving recipes:

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Serving Suggestions

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Mashed Potatoes For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keywords: mashed potatoes, potatoes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 689kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 2 medium Gold potatoes , quartered and unpeeled
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cloves garlic , peeled and smashed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • pinch ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Place the potatoes in a small saucepan. Add the milk, cream, garlic, and coriander and stir. Add a little extra milk or cream if the potatoes are not almost completely covered by the liquid. Cook on medium-high heat for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender and the tip of a knife easily goes through.
  • Strain the potatoes over a medium-sized bowl and reserve the cream mixture.
  • Return the potatoes to the pot and add a little of the liquid back into the pot. Mash with a potato masher or an immersion blender.
  • Fold in the butter, olive oil and the stone ground mustard.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • I highly recommend using Gold potatoes in this mashed potato recipe.
  • Feel free to customize this recipe by adding in other herbs and spices.
  • Although I love using stone ground mustard in this recipe, dijon mustard will also work.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 689kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 35g | Cholesterol: 196mg | Sodium: 1393mg | Potassium: 1685mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2349IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 329mg | Iron: 11mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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24 thoughts on “Mashed Potatoes For One”

  1. 5 stars
    Is there a reason the potatoes are unpeeled in this recipe, or is it just personal preference?
    It sounds so wonderful!

  2. Maryanne | the little epicurean

    I love your Thanksgiving for One series! It's the perfect size for me when my husband is away on business!

  3. Jennifer (JenuineMom)

    These mashed potatoes look WONDERFUL! And I love that you've made a recipe for a single person — that is REALLY helpful!

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