Buttery Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Smooth and creamy, these mashed potatoes come courtesy of superstar Paula Deen, y'all.

By The Editors

Southern Cooking Bible by Paula Deen

Buttermilk adds a slight tang to these creamy, dreamy mashed potatoes, from Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible: The New Classic Guide to Delicious Dishes with More Than 300 Recipes (Simon & Schuster). For extra-fluffy spuds, the Savannah chef suggests using a ricer or food mill for the mashing portion of the evening's program. Try them this Thanksgiving – you won’t be sorry.

1 3/4 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 cup buttermilk
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg

1. In a large pot, cover the potatoes with cold salted water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until the potatoes are very tender, 20 to 25 minutes; drain well and transfer to a bowl.

2. While the potatoes are still hot, using a potato masher, mash in the buttermilk, butter, salt, black pepper, and nutmeg. Mash until the potatoes are the consistency you like. Serve piping hot.


  • If you really want to go all out, substitute sour cream for buttermilk – it will make your dish even richer and creamier.
  • For smooth and fluffy mashed potatoes, use a ricer or food mill. Fill the ricer with drained boiled potatoes and press out through the holes. Alternatively, fill a food mill with the potatoes and turn the crank in a circular motion to press them through the perforated disk.

Serves 4

From PAULA DEEN’S SOUTHERN COOKING BIBLE by Paula Deen with Melissa Clark. Copyright © 2011 by Paula Deen. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc, NY.


Evaporated milk works also. Makes the mashed potatoes creamy.

tyklump@hotmail.com on 2013-03-31 19:05:45

I have made Paula Deen's buttery buttermilk mashed potatoes that you are showing the recipe for, they are wonderful. I do not have a food mill or a ricer, but my masher did a great job. These are some of the best mashed potatoes that my family has ever had, I did not tell them about the buttermilk until after they ate them and they loved the buttery buttermilk mashed potatoes

cblunt1@comcast.net on 2013-03-13 06:31:27