Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream

Mashed potatoes sprinkled with chives alongside roasted carrots.

The thing about milk is that we rarely have it in the house. So what are we to do when we want mashed potatoes last minute? Easy, just make these mashed potatoes with sour cream instead. They turn out just as velvety as usual and can be easily customized with the ingredients you have on hand.

What potatoes are best for mashed potatoes?

Russets: These are high starch potatoes. This means that they require less work to mash and produce the lightest final product. The only caveat to using these potatoes is that you do not want to overwork them or they may become gluey. That's good news for you though, you get to work smarter, not harder.

Yukon Gold: Yukons and other yellow potatoes fall into the medium starch category. That means that they require a little more effort to mash but are less likely to become gluey if you happen to mash them too much. These are the best potatoes for a creamier final product.

Red potatoes: These colorful potatoes are listed last for a reason. You definitely can make mashed potatoes with red potatoes but they will be a bit more rustic. That's because the starch content is lower, which results in the potatoes maintaining their shape even after boiling.

Best add ins for mashed potatoes

Cheese: This is a given. Try cheddar, gouda, or asiago.

Proteins: bacon or ham

Other add in: chives, green onions, rosemary, or roasted garlic

Recipes that go well with sour cream mashed potatoes

Vegetables: Try some brussels sprouts or balsamic broccoli alongside these potatoes for contrasting flavor!

Gravy: Try turkey, beef, or vegetarian mushroom gravy with your potatoes.

Meats: Mashed potatoes go with many meats. Try it with roasted chicken or a tender beef roast!


Can mashed potatoes with sour cream be frozen?

Yes, freeze mashed potatoes in an air tight container and use within 3 months, for best quality. To re-heat frozen potatoes, leave the container partially covered and microwave at 1-2 minute intervals, stirring between each, until the potatoes are heated through. If the potatoes are too dry, add a little more sour cream once the potatoes are heated through.

Is it ok to make mashed potatoes ahead of time?

Definitely, mashed potatoes will not suffer by being made a few hours or a day ahead of time. If you find that the potatoes become a bit dry upon re-heating, simply add a little extra sour cream.

Do you need milk for sour cream mashed potatoes?

You do not need milk for this recipe of sour cream mashed potatoes!

Do you have to peel potatoes before mashing them?

No way! Unless you have a sensory sensitivity to the peel, it is actually great to leave the potatoes unpeeled. Particularly with yellow potatoes, you will hardly even be aware that the peel is there once everything is mashed together.

Sour cream mashed potatoes with herbs sprinkled over them, in a blue bowl with a brown background.

These mashed taters are both easy, requiring only 5 ingredients to make, and extremely versatile. Besides, when life gets crazy it's nice to know potatoes will always be there for you. And don't worry, they love you too.

Keep your belly full, your mind engaged, and your heart open.

Mashed sour cream and chive potatoes in a bowl with a gravy boat in the background.

Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

There is no need for milk in this recipe, just creamy, satisfying mashed potatoes.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 5 servings
Calories 357 kcal


  • 3 pounds potatoes yukon gold, russets, or red potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • add ins: cheese, bacon, herbs, roasted garlic Optional


  • Scrub potoatoes and cut them into about 2 x 2 inch pieces. You don't want to cut them too small. If you use red potatoes you will likely just have to cut them in half!
  • Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with water by at least 2 inches. Heat the pot over high heat until the water boils, then turn down the heat to maintain a simmer. Cook the potatoes for about 15 minutes, until they can be very easily pierced with a fork.
  • Drain the water and begin mashing the potatoes with a masher or a fork. When they are roughly mashed, add in the remainder of the ingredients. Continue to mix and mash the potatoes until they have reached your desired texture. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.


Serving: 10ozCalories: 357kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 7gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 949mgPotassium: 1536mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 43IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 10mg
Keyword mashed potatoes, milk free, smashed potatoes, sour cream
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