Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes


The quickest way to upgrade basic mashed potatoes is to whip in some sour cream.

Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
8 serves

What feast is complete without a hearty side of mashed potatoes? This easy potato dish is flavored with sour cream and scallions to elevate it without getting overly fancy or complicated.

Start by boiling the potatoes until tender, then mash them with sour cream, milk, and butter until you get the right consistency. Sprinkle with chopped scallions for an oniony bite. You can cook this dish up to a day ahead and reheat it in the microwave.

Instead of Yukon golds, you can also use red potatoes and leave the skin on to add color and create a more rustic texture. (Red-skinned potatoes and green scallions are ideal if you need an especially festive holiday dish.)


  • 3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • kosher salt and black pepper

  • 6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for serving

  • ¾ cup sour cream

  • ¾ cup whole milk


  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot and add enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil and add 2 teaspoons salt. Reduce heat and simmer until very tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot.

  2. Add the butter, sour cream, ¾ cup of the milk, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper to the potatoes and mash until smooth (adding more milk if necessary). Serve topped with additional butter and pepper.

    Sour Cream Mashed Potato Recipe
    Chris Court

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

275 Calories
13g Fat
32g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 275
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 388mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 6g
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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