How Do You Make Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
The first step is to peel and chop your potatoes. You can leave your potato pieces on the larger side. The potatoes go into the pressure cooker along with salt and water. I cook my potatoes on manual pressure and it takes just 10 minutes until theyre tender and ready to be mashed.
I keep things simple and mash my potatoes with some milk, butter, salt and pepper. That being said, there are so many different ways to customize your mashed potatoes.
How To Make 5 Pounds Of Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
Type of Potatoes To Use
Every great mashed potatoes recipe begins with picking out the proper potatoes.
Hands down, no questions asked, the potatoes that you should purchase for making mashed potatoes are Yukon Gold potatoes.
Yukon Gold potatoes have a natural buttery flavor and cook down perfectly to make mashed potatoes.
Plus, they have a lower starch level than other potatoes. The higher the starch the increased risk of gluey mashed potatoes.
However, if you only have Russet potatoes, you can use them to make mashed potatoes as well.
Although I would recommend that after you peel them that you rinse, soak and drain them in water several times to remove some of the starch prior to cooking.
The BEST Liquid to Use
Although you could use water as the liquid to make mashed potatoes, it is best to use something with a little flavor.
We have found using a combination of chicken broth and milk provides the best taste and texture when making Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes.
The chicken broth provides another depth of flavor that water alone could not accomplish. And the milk provides for creamier mashed potatoes.
And NO, the milk does not cause the burn notice in this recipe. We have made it several times and they turn out perfect every time.
How to Mash the Potatoes
Although I was brought up with using a mixer to mash my potatoes, it is not advised when making Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes.
Then you can use a hand or stand mixer to make light and fluffy mashed potatoes.
What Is The Best Potato For Mashed Potatoes
Yukon gold potatoes are the best for mashed potatoes! They have the most uniform consistency, and are naturally more moist than other varieties of potatoes, so they mash easily. Go light on the liquid when you mash Yukon gold potatoes, because they wont need nearly as much milk as other varieties do.
For more classic-looking white mashed potatoes, use Russet potatoes. These potatoes are much drier in texture, so keep in mind youll need to add more milk to make them creamy.
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Mashed Potatoes With Sour Cream & Chives
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Prep Time:12 minutes
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sour cream, at room temperature
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste
1. Put 1 cup of warm water and the 1 tablespoon of salt in the pressure cooker and stir until the salt dissolves. Insert the steamer basket and place the potatoes in the basket.
2. Cover, and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. Release the pressure manually.
3. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl. Add the butter, sour cream, remaining 1 teaspoon of salt, and the pepper and use a potato masher or fork to mash everything together. Add the chives and mix well. Adjust the seasoning to taste, if necessary. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese just before serving.
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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes:
Making mashed potatoes in the instant pot starts out just a simple and easy as if you were making mashed potatoes on the stove like my reader favorite Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes.
You’ll start out with three pounds of potatoes. This is about 6 medium potatoes total. Go ahead and peel them. I haven’t tried this recipe leaving the skin on the potatoes because we prefer ours without skin.
Next, simply slice the potatoes into large rounds. For me, this came out to about 4-5 round slices per potato. There is no reason to spend time cutting them into cubes. You’ll then cover them completely in water which will be about 4-5 cups depending on what size of instant pot you’re using. The picture below shows the potato rounds in my 8 quart instant pot.
After the potatoes are covered in the water you will add ½ teaspoon of salt. This is just enough salt to flavor the potatoes while they cook without being overwhelming.
Then, that’s it for now! Go ahead and place the lid on your instant pot. Set the valve to sealed and cook on manual for 8 minutes. Keep in mind that it will take about 8-10 minutes for the pot to come to pressure.
Once the timer goes off you can quick release the pressure from your pot. You will need to drain the potatoes and then return them to the instant pot with the power off.
You can mash these up with a standard potato masher if you wish. Or, you can mash then whip them with a hand-held mixer which is what I love to do!
What Are The Best Potatoes For Mashed Potatoes
I like to use Russet or Yukon gold potatoes for classic mashed potatoes. They have a buttery flavor and are higher in starch, making fluffier mashed potatoes. Waxy potatoes, like red potatoes or some white varieties, can become gluey when mashed. If you are going to mash them lightly, pretty much any variety will work. I particularly like red potatoes cooked and mashed with the skins on.
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How To Reheat Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
The pot in pot method is the perfect way to reheat your mashed potatoes in your Instant Pot without drying them out! Place 1 to 2 cups water and a trivet in the bottom of your cooking pot.
How long to set the cook time depends on the amount of mashed potatoes youre reheating.
A single portion will take a very short time Id start with 1 minute. If youre reheating enough to feed a large family, itll take a longer time. Id try 6 minutes, but it may take more depending on the type and thickness of the inner pot.
Also, since reheated potatoes tend to dry out a little, youll probably need to mix in more milk and butter to restore the potatoes to their soft and creamy texture.
Making Mashed Potatoes In The Instant Pot
Making mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot honestly couldnt be easier!
Your first job is to wash and peel the potatoes.
The next step is to cut the potatoes. Cut the potatoes into half, and then quarter each half. Youll end up with 8 cubes, roughly the same size. Repeat with the remaining potatoes.
I made an entire 5 lb bag of potatoes at the same time! Worked like a charm.
Add 2 cups of water to the Instant Pot and add in all of your cubed potato chunks.
Cook on Manual HIGH for 6 minutes, Quick Release the pressure. Drain any water that is left over.
Now it is time to doctor up these mashed potatoes! You can add in any extras youd like, I am a simple and creamy mashed potato kind of gal.
With the 5 lb bag of potatoes, I like to toss in a stick of butter, salt and pepper and a little bit of heavy cream
Use either a potato masher or an electric hand mixer to mash the potatoes until they are no longer lumpy.
Be careful to insure you do not over mash/mix the potatoes. Over mashed potatoes will turn gluey. Only mash or mix just until it is no longer lumpy.
These mashed potatoes are great as a side to some BBQ Chicken or doused with gravy.
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The One Pot Mashed Potato Technique
The technique that we are using with these instant pot garlic mashed potatoes may seem a bit weird, because we are adding only ½ cup water to about 1 kilogram/ 2 pounds potatoes and then mashing the potatoes with a potato masher right in there with the remaining water, without draining them. We like our potatoes really creamy and smooth which is why this works really well for us. In the beginning, things may look a bit runny, but just keep going and as you finish mashing, the consistency will thicken and everything comes together. Add the sour cream, cream cheese, milk and butter and you have potatoes that are the perfect creamy consistency and almost feel like soft pillows of whipped cream.
How To Reheat Mashed Potatoes
The trouble with reheating mashed potatoes lies in the simple ingredients.
Because of the starch in potatoes and the dairy commonly included in mashed potatoes, leftovers can become dry and crumbly or gluey after theyve been refrigerated.
Many people simply reheat mashed potatoes in the microwave, because its a relatively quick method. But the high heat of the microwave tends to suck out the moisture.
If you go that route, youll have to add some additional liquid to help improve the texture.
Still others like to reheat mashed potatoes in the oven. Because of the dry environment of the oven, youll want to add some liquid and keep the dish covered with foil.
Baking at 350F for the 30-40 minutes required to reheat the potatoes takes longer than the microwave, and you have to stir occasionally to keep the edges from crisping.
Some people reheat mashed potatoes in the slow cooker, but because this can take 3-4 hours to warm the potatoes, youll need to plan ahead.
Because of the drawbacks of these methods, I prefer to use the Instant Pot to reheat mashed potatoes!
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Pressure Cooker Mashed Potatoes For Thanksgiving
If you make just one pressure cooker Thanksgiving recipe this year, I definitely recommend it be mashed potatoes.
Check out my Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot Thanksgiving Guide for tips on how to use your pressure cooker this Thanksgiving! I even have two guides to walk you through a meal, including turkey, stuffing, cranberry, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie.
Pressure Cooker Mashed Potatoes Tips
1. If you want flavorful and buttery mashed potatoes, dont forget to heat up the butter, garlic and milk before mixing it with the potatoes. The potatoes will absorb the flavors much better this way.
2. Not all potatoes are created equal. So, if you want fluffy mashed potatoes, stick with starchy potatoes like Russets or Yukon Golds.
3. Yes, you can double this recipe. The timing will stay the same. If you are tripling the recipe or the potatoes are packed too tightly, you may have to increase the cooking time by 1 2 minutes.
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How Long Can You Keep Mashed Potatoes In The Fridge
To store leftover mashed potatoes in the refrigerator, you should ideally store them within two hours of cooking.
They should be stored in a tightly covered container. I like to store the leftovers in a heatproof container. That way, I can easily transfer them to the Instant Pot for reheating!
Once stored in the refrigerator, mashed potatoes should stay good in the fridge for up to four days.
When youre ready to enjoy them again, simply reheat the mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot!
Reheating A Smaller Amount Of Leftover Potatoes
If you are reheating 1-4 servings or so , my favorite way to reheat them is using the pot-in-pot method.
In this case, you can put the mashed potatoes in a heatproof container. I use these Pyrex bowls all the time!
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Id recommend fluffing them just a bit with a fork, so its not just one big mass of compacted potatoes.
Youll pour a cup of water into the insert pot of your Instant Pot and set the trivet in place. Then, lower the dish of potatoes onto the trivet.
Close the lid and set the vent to the sealed position. Use the Steam button, starting with a time of 5 minutes.
When reheating leftovers, I almost always start with 5 minutes. Afterward, if the food isnt heated through all the way, I add a couple more minutes.
Theres no way to know exactly how long it will take. It really depends on the temperature of the potatoes to start out, how much potatoes youre reheating, etc. But 5 minutes is a good starting point.
The wonderful thing about this method is that the steam inside the Instant Pot creates a moist environment. This means the potatoes arent getting dried out as they reheat!
After the steam time is up, you can release the pressure by opening the valve or wait for the pressure to release on its own.
Carefully lift out the dish and give it a little stir. Add some butter on top to melt in while its hot.
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How Do You Prepare Mashed Potatoes Ahead Of Time
If you are preparing food for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or another large family gathering, prepare these ahead of time!
To make the potatoes in advance, prepare the potatoes up to 2 days before serving and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat them by adding them to a slow cooker on low. It may be necessary to add a splash of milk and butter to smooth them out.
Prepare the potatoes up to two days before cooking: Peel and quarter the potatoes, then store in a large bowl or pot, covered in water. Leave them in water for no longer than 24 hours to avoid water-logging the potatoes.
Mashed Potatoes Toppings And Add
We like keeping things simple with just some more butter and chopped chives but here are some ideas for other toppings that can take any mashed potatoes to superstar levels:
- Add-ins such as cheddar, ranch and parmesan can add a lot of subtle flavors to mashed potatoes. For cheese, mix in ¼ cup while the potatoes are still hot. For ranch, mix in a teaspoon or two
- Herbs like rosemary and thyme or even sage add more earthiness and bold flavors
- You can also top your mashed potatoes with cooked chicken, steamed broccoli, bacon or if you feel super fancy – some browned butter
I hope you enjoyed this handy dandy post which seems to have become a tutorial on how to make mashed potatoes in an Instant Pot/ Pressure cooker and trust me, the day you attempt these – you will never look back!
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How To Make Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Start by preparing the potatoes. You will need 2 pounds of potatoes or 6 -7 medium size potatoes. Wash the potatoes well and peel them using a vegetable peeler. You can leave the skin on if you like the earthy flavor. Cut the potatoes into 1-inch cubes. Make sure the cubes are equal in size. You can also slice the potatoes into ½ inch thick round slices.
Keep the potato cubes soaked in water until ready to use otherwise they will become black in color due to oxidation. The best is to peel and chop the potatoes just when ready to cook.
Add the potato cubes to the instant pot along with 4-6whole peeled garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ cup water. You can replace water with vegetable or chicken stock for added flavor. Put the lid of the instant pot and close it well.
Set the valve to the sealing position. Press PRESSURE COOK and set the timer for 12 minutes on high pressure. The instant pot will take some time to build the pressure and start the timer.
Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Release the remaining pressure by moving the valve to venting position. Use a kitchen towel to move the valve to avoid steam burn.
Once the pressure is released, open the lid.
Mash the potatoes using a potato masher. There is no need to drain the water.
Add 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoon salted butter, ¼ cup sour cream, and ¼ cup cream cheese to the pot and mash until the potatoes are smooth and creamy. Adjust the seasoning.