Mashed Potatoes For One

This is the best homemade mashed potatoes recipe! Two small potatoes cooked in garlic infused milk and cream, mashed, and blended with butter, a touch of olive oil, and tangy stone-ground mustard. An absolutely delicious single serving mashed potatoes recipe.

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You might be surprised to see just how easy it is to make a single serving of mashed potatoes. This simple recipe is one I think you’ll love using year-round.

This mashed potato recipe 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.

I believe that the side dishes can be the highlight of every Thanksgiving meal. The turkey reigns supreme but the side dishes are the ones I look most forward to, especially the creamy mashed potatoes.

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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.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Instead of cooking the potatoes in water, I cook them in milk and cream.

This method will ensure that you have ultra-creamy mashed potatoes.

Along with the milk and cream, I add in chopped garlic and ground coriander. This gives the potatoes an incredible flavor.

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How To Make Mashed Potatoes

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

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

  • Gold potatoes 
  • milk
  • heavy cream
  • garlic
  • ground coriander
  • butter
  • olive oil
  • stone ground mustard
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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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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.

Other Potato Recipes

If you like this mashed potato recipe, you might also like to try these single serving and small batch potato recipes:

Scalloped Potatoes For One

Mini Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Chili Cheese Baked Potato

Small Batch Baked French Fries

Potato and Asparagus Crustless Quiche For One

Hash Browns For One

Twice Baked Potato For One

What To Serve With Mashed Potatoes

You might like to consider serving any of these single serving main dishes with mashed potatoes:

Salisbury Steak

Giant Italian Meatball

Caprese Chicken

Skillet Chicken with Artichokes

Baked Stuffed Fish Fillet

For this single serving mashed potatoes recipe, I use a 2-quart saucepan. For best results, please use a pan of similar size.

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Mashed Potatoes Recipe 

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How To Make Mashed Potatoes For One

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


  • 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 butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • pinch black pepper


  • 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.


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
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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.

Recipe adapted from Tyler Florence

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Creamy Homemade Mashed Potatoes For One – two Gold potatoes cooked in garlic-infused milk and cream, mashed and blended with butter, a touch of olive oil, and tangy stone-ground mustard. An absolutely delicious single serving side dish.
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19 thoughts on “Mashed Potatoes For One”

  1. Thank you for sharing your mashed potato recipe for 1! It looks so good and easy enough to make, I might have to have this all the time ha! I can't wait to try this new recipe soon!!

  2. Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie

    This series is such a great idea! Sometimes you just don't need a mountain of mashed potatoes! Looks yummy!

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