Homemade Mashed Potatoes and Gravy Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Modified: April 8, 2021

Your main dish might already be satisfying, but mashed potatoes and gravy will make it even more enjoyable. This yummy side will add more deliciousness to your feast and you can make it in less than an hour with ingredients that you most likely have in your pantry.

Pour some creamy homemade gravy on top of your mashed potatoes and it makes a whole lot of difference. Well, gravy tastes wonderful no matter what you’re glazing it over, especially in a juicy eye of round steak.

Tips for Making Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

This delightful side can be a bit tricky to make. Sometimes, they can be too thin or too chunky. If made properly, equal parts are rich and fluffy. But don’t worry because we got a couple of tips for you in making the perfect mashed potatoes and gravy.

Learn how to thicken mashed potatoes and more with these handy tips and tricks:

  • Use a potato masher with a strong handle. To help you smash the potatoes quickly and evenly, use the type with a flat metal grid-like masher. 
  • Stir in thickening agents like flour, cornstarch, or powdered milk, if your mashed potatoes turned a bit runny. Add the thickening agent gradually onto the runny potatoes until the potatoes have reached your desired consistency.
  • Add herbs and spices to your premade gravy. Make it more flavorful and savory by adding thyme, sage, or chopped parsley towards the end of cooking. You can even saute shallots and onions in butter, pour in your premade gravy, then finish with fresh ground pepper.

Pair this mashed potato side with a simple entrée to have a feastful meal, by making our turkey breast recipe using a crockpot. If you got leftovers, make our cheesy mashed potato muffins. You can even pour your leftover brown gravy over your favorite savory dishes, such as biscuits and gravy. But for now, let’s make this delicious side!


Homemade Mashed Potatoes and Gravy Recipe

How To Make Homemade Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Creamy mashed potatoes and flavorful gravy are perfect for a staple meal. With our easy recipe, make your own version of this delightful dish.

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 50 mins


  • 6 cups potatoes, preferably Russets, cubed
  • ¾ cup milk, hot
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 5 cups water, for boiling
  • salt and ground white pepper , to taste

To Serve:

  • 1 cup gravy, prepared
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives or spring onions, chopped


  1. Place potatoes and water in a soup pot filled with water. Ensure that the water completely covers the potatoes.

  2. Cover the pot and place the pot over low heat.
  3. Bring the pot to a boil. Continue boiling for roughly 20 minutes or until potatoes are soft
  4. Drain well with a strainer and mash the potatoes using a masher or ricer.

  5. While the mashed potatoes are still warm, add your milk and butter. Mix until evenly incorporated.

  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Adjust accordingly and set aside.

  7. Garnish your mashed potatoes with chives or spring onions and serve together with the gravy.


  • Sugar: 5g
  • :
  • Calcium: 81mg
  • Calories: 257kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 48g
  • Cholesterol: 14mg
  • Fat: 5g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Potassium: 1117mg
  • Protein: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Sodium: 260mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 159IU
  • Vitamin C: 50mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Commonly Asked Questions

What are the best potatoes for mashing?

We used russet potatoes for mash because like Yukon Gold or Idaho potatoes, they are starchy, mealy, and absorb water easily. Russet potatoes become light and fluffy when boiled and mashed, which is perfect for this recipe.

Can you overcook potatoes for mashing?

If your potatoes are overcooked, they absorb a ton of water. They will turn soupy when mashed, which is not ideal. To fix overcooked potatoes, place them in a pot over low heat. Gently cook until the excess water turns into steam. Then, wait until your mashed potatoes dry out.


Buttery, creamy mashed potatoes and gravy make a deliciously perfect side dish. Serve your favorite entrée with this creamy and savory side and make dinners extra special!
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