How do you like your mashed potatoes?

Thanksgiving has just passed and Chanukkah and Christmas approach. I have a burning question in my soul that cries out for an answer.  I must know…


There’s smooth, whipped, peeled, chunky, non-peeled, rustic. Lots of butter or mashed with chicken broth. Sour cream or cream cheese or both? Non-dairy variations? Red, Russet, Yukon Gold?

In our home, the men-folk eschewed the peeled, whipped, airy, light, smooth version and demanded (in true men-folk-style)  more hearty and rugged, “manly” mashed potatoes. Interestingly, the women-folk have come to prefer this version as well. So, we use white Russet potatoes, keep the peel on, mash by hand using a potato masher, butter, cream cheese AND sour cream, lots of salt a pinch of black pepper and milk. The texture is very thick. For our non-dairy family, we use non-dairy organic butter spread and almond milk, but still pretty rustic. We mash ’em up and keep them warm in the slow cooker.

Please share your favorite way to make mashed potatoes. I’ll be able to get some sleep!

About Vickilynn Haycraft

A student of health and nutrition for 30 years, Vickilynn Haycraft has over 25 years of actual hands-on experience reviewing and personally using different tools of the homemaking vocation, focusing on the areas of health and nutrition. Vickilynn is a magazine columnist, product reviewer, cookbook author and now radio talk show host, as well as being full-time wife and mom to 5 children. Read Vickilynn's Product Reviews and Family Preparedness Articles at She blogs at the Real Food Living Blog.