These southern mashed potatoes are made the way they should be - with lots of lots and butter! Top them with the simple hamburger gravy for a complete meal that the whole family will love.
Mashed Potatoes Recipe full of BUTTER!
I grew up in the South, but I wasn’t exposed to Southern cooking on a regular basis until I met my husband.
If you’re at all familiar with Paula Deen, you already know everything is better with butter. Well… our mashed potatoes recipe is no different.
Hamburger gravy on the other hand was something I grew up eating on a regular basis.
You won’t find a heartier, simpler meat and potatoes meal than Mashed Potatoes with Hamburger gravy. It’s simple and economic, and a great comfort food.
I think the whole meal cost $4.00 to make, and there are sure to be leftovers.
Best Mashed Potato Recipe
We love making this recipe. It is so good!
It's a classic recipe that is best enjoyed topped with gravy and a heaping side of corn. Of course, we also love Garlic Mashed Potatoes. The flavor in that recipe is also amazing.
If you want to serve up a side dish with these potatoes that is something other than corn, consider our recipes for Parmesan Green Beans, Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon , or Spicy Easy Roasted Cauliflower.
And of course, it's a perfect pairing for fried chicken - like this copycat recipe for Proposition Chicken's Fried Chicken. Yum!
How Do You Mash Potatoes?
Mashed potatoes can be made in a variety of different ways. I grew up watching my mom dump the boiled potatoes into a mixing bowl, adding a little bit of milk and letting the mixer do its work.
We would all then load our plates up with potatoes and gravy and add our own salt, pepper and butter to the potatoes--to our own liking.
When I got married, I discovered a whole new way of mashing potatoes.
My husband had grown up watching his own mother add a stick of butter along with some milk and a bunch of salt and pepper to the pot of boiled potatoes and then use a hand-held masher to mash the potatoes by hand.
Today, I normally make potatoes using a combination of our methods... I still prefer the mixer to hand mashing. But, my husband will mash them up with the hand-masher.
More Recipes to Try
If you love these southern style mashed potatoes, be sure to check out these other tasty ideas:
Southern Mashed Potatoes Recipe
- 3 lbs potatoes peeled
- splash of milk
- 8 tbsp butter one whole stick
- Salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 1 lb ground hamburger
- 3 tbsp beef bouillon
- ⅓ cup butter
- ¼ cup flour
- 4 cups water
- Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook for about 15 minutes, or until tender. Drain the potatoes.
- With mixer set on a low speed (or using a hand masher), combine the potatoes with all the remaining ingredients until smooth. This should just take a couple minutes.
- Enjoy! (Top with gravy, if desired.)
For Optional Gravy
- Brown hamburger, drain, and return to burner. Over medium heat, add butter and bouillon.
- When the butter has melted, add flour and mix until blended. Slowly add water while stirring.
- Cook for a few more minutes, adding more water to reduce thickness as desired.