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31 Ways to Add Flavor to Mashed Potatoes

31 Ways to Add Flavor to Mashed Potatoes will give you some ideas on mashed potato additions that will jazz up your recipe with some fun ideas.

I’m a member of a frugal living group, and the question was asked, “How do you make the most flavorful mashed potatoes?”   That was a good question.

After all, potatoes are nutritious and inexpensive.  The perfect combination.  Changing up your mashed potato recipe is a great way to add a little creativity to your cooking.

It turns out lots of people had an opinion on the best way to make homemade mashed potatoes, and I thought their answers were brilliant.

“Nothing like mashed potatoes when you’re feeling blue. Nothing like getting into bed with a bowl of hot mashed potatoes already loaded with butter, and methodically adding a thin, cold slice of salted butter to every forkful.” – Nora Ephron 

Close-Up of mashed potatoes with butter and fresh sage leaves

Who knew there were so many different ways of making mashed potatoes?

Yukon gold potatoes, red potatoes, or just the ordinary russet potato all make yummy mash potato recipes.  Instant mashed potatoes can also use a little extra flavor too.

I like to use my crock pot to cook my potatoes.  Instead of cooking my potatoes in water, I use chicken broth or vegetable broth in the slow cooker so each potato chunk absorbs all the flavor of the rich broth.

After cooking the potatoes in broth, I  then drain potatoes of the leftover liquid.  I like to then use a potato masher so I can control the texture of the potatoes.

Once I add heavy cream and salted butter, I like to add flavor to mashed potatoes depending on my mood.

Don’t forget you can add your leftover mashed potato recipe to top casseroles and to make potato cakes.

Close-up of potato masher mashing potatoes in a pot

Interesting facts about potatoes: 

1) According to the,  the average American consumes 124 pounds of potatoes per year!  That’s a lot of spuds!

2) We have Thomas Jefferson to thank for introducing “french fries” to the United States.  He served them at the White House for dinner.

3) The largest potato ever grown was 7 pounds, 1 ounce, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

4) One potato plant was able to produce 370 pounds of potatoes.  An Englishman in 1974 named Eric Jenkins grew that plant.

5) There are currently over 100 different varieties of potatoes that are edible.

6) All 50 states grow potatoes, with Oregon and Washington being the largest producers.

7) According to, potatoes were at one time traded for gold.  In the 1890s in Alaska, during the Klondike gold rush, potatoes were worth a lot because of their high content of Vitamin C.

8) National Potato Day is August 19th in the United States.  So whip up a batch of Roasted Buffalo Potato Wedges to celebrate.

9) North Carolina has an annual North Carolina Potato Festival in the middle of May.  It has potato sack races, potato peeling contests, and culinary competitions featuring local chefs.

Buying potatoes for mashed potatoes: 

1) Conventionally grown potatoes have one of the highest pesticide contents of vegetables.  It’s best to buy organic potatoes when you can.

2) Avoid potatoes with a green tint.  This tint means they didn’t store the potato properly, and exposed it to light.  Eating green-tinted potatoes isn’t good for you.

3) There are toxins in potato sprouts, so make sure you cut them off before cooking or baking your potatoes.

Whole yellow, red, and purple potatoes in a pile

The best ways to store potatoes:

1) Only wash the potatoes prior to using them.  Washing potatoes before storing, causes a quicker decay of the vegetable.

2) Keep potatoes in a cool, dark place.  Do NOT store potatoes in the refrigerator.  Doing so will change the sugar content and ruin the taste of potatoes.

3) You don’t want to store potatoes in plastic bags.  Switch them out for paper bags, or leave the potatoes in a basket.

4) Keep your potatoes away from apples, bananas, and onions.  The gas from these fruits and vegetable will cause potatoes to decay faster.

What types of potatoes have the best flavor for mashed potatoes?  

My recommendation is Yukon Gold potatoes.  There’s something to these potatoes that already have a buttery flavor without adding a single thing to them.

You can also use Russet potatoes in a pinch.

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White plate filled with mashed potatoes and brown gravy

Here are the 31 Ways to Add Flavor to Mashed Potatoes: 

What to add to mashed potatoes for flavor? Let’s start with vegetables. 

1) To get some extra vegetables in, some group members add sautéed vegetables to mashed potatoes.   You could also add roasted vegetables instead.

Carrots, broccolini florets, cauliflower, peas, roasted tomatoes, and beets are just some of the ideas.

2) One member like to mix sweet potatoes with her russet potatoes a twist on regular mashed potatoes.  She thought the sweetness of the mashed sweet potato and the rustic Yukon Gold potato made the perfect combination with a little  unsalted butter and sea salt.

3) Adding sliced mushrooms and garlic to olive oil and sautéing to a golden brown made the perfect addition to give your mashed potatoes an elevated taste.

4) How about adding some caramelized onions for the most flavorful mashed potatoes?

5) Sun-dried tomatoes in oil is one of the tastiest additions to homemade mashed potatoes.

6) You can also sauté leafy greens like kale, Swiss Chard, Collard greens, or mustard greens in olive oil and roasted garlic and mix those in with your mashed potatoes.

Adding flavor to mashed potatoes with spicy ingredients.

7) Adding some salsa to add flavor to mashed potatoes sounded pretty good.  I pretty much eat salsa with everything anyway, so why not mashed potatoes?

8) Several people also mentioned adding Wasabi powder to add flavor to mashed potatoes.  Talk about spicing things up!

9) I was surprised how many people mentioned adding horseradish to creamy mashed potatoes as their favorite way to flavor them.  Depending on how much extra heat you like, you can use the creamy horseradish or the regular horseradish.

10) A dollop of whole-grain mustard to mashed potatoes will give them additional flavor.  There’s also spicy brown whole-grain mustard that would make a great mashed potato addition.

11) Finally, you can add your favorite hot sauce to your cooked potatoes for a flavorful addition.

How to flavor mashed potatoes that takes them to another level.

12) One of the top answers for flavoring mashed potatoes was to add some cream cheese.  It adds richness and a creamy texture.

You could also use flavored cream cheese to take it up even another notch.

Some different flavors of cream cheese you can add to mashed potatoes are chive cream cheese, vegetable cream cheese, smoked salmon cream cheese, jalapeño cream cheese, and garlic and herb cream cheese.

13) There were a lot of fans of making loaded mashed potatoes.  Adding sour cream, cheddar cheese, green onions, and crumbled bacon for a yummy alternative.

14) One person substituted buttermilk for milk and added garlic powder and parmesan cheese.  That sounded delicious!

15) Instead of boiling potatoes in water, how about cooking them in chicken stock?

16) You could also add some pesto sauce to add a touch of summer flavor to your mashed potato recipe.

17) A packet of dry ranch dressing would give the mashed potatoes a flavorful kick.

18) A chunk of Boursin or herbed goat cheese would also add a fun flavor to mashed potatoes.

19) Roasting some garlic cloves is the perfect way to add flavor to mashed potatoes.  As an extra bonus it will also help keep vampires away.

20) Seasoning salt, cayenne pepper, fresh chives, and smoked paprika were just some of the seasonings mentioned to add flavor to mashed potatoes.

21) I like to add different types of cheeses to mashed potatoes for a variety of flavors.  Blue cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, Swiss cheese, Smoked Gouda, and Asiago cheese are just some different ideas.

22) You can add olive oil and fresh herbs to mashed potatoes for a rustic taste.  Herbs such as parsley, oregano, sage, or thyme are just some of the herbs you can add.

Brown bowl on rustic surface filled with mashed potatoes and topped with sliced green onions to add flavor to mashed potatoes

Unusual creamy flavorful mashed potatoes.

23) Something I never heard of was group members swapping out milk for Duke’s mayonnaise.  They said once you tried it, you would never go back to regular mashed potatoes.

24) One innovative person added creamed corn, fried onions, and black pepper to add flavor to mashed potatoes.  She said it was the ultimate comfort food.

25) How about adding a can of Cream of Mushroom soup as flavor to mashed potatoes?  That sounded interesting.

26) The Dutch have a mashed potato dish where they add cooked apple, nutmeg, and top with bacon for a favorite side.

27) One group member from Texas liked to add barbecue sauce and fried onions to add flavor to mashed potatoes.

28) A southern member added cooked corn and gravy to her mashed potatoes.  She described it as her go-to recipe when she didn’t know what to make for dinner.

29) Adding some cream cheese and Caesar dressing made one group member’s mashed potatoes perfect, according to her taste buds.

30) Pickle lovers will love this idea – adding some pickle juice to your next batch of mashed potatoes.  (I’m not so sure about this one!)  It definitely qualifies as different flavored mashed potatoes!

31) Adding French onion dip as flavor to mashed potatoes would be an interesting twist.

32) Add in some pimento cheese for a southern twist on fluffy mashed potatoes.

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Thursday 9th of April 2020

My grandpa taught us to eat our mashed potatoes with fried chicken gravy using a fresh green onion instead of forks or spoons. The crisp fresh flavor of fresh green onions at each bite is amazing!


Thursday 9th of April 2020

Oh wow! That sounds divine. I ALWAYS have green onions on hand. It's one of my favorite things to add to my food. Great idea. Thanks for sharing. Kelly

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