fluffy buttermilk mashed potatoes

fluffy buttermilk mashed potatoes

These fluffy buttermilk mashed potatoes are delicious enough to serve alongside other Thanksgiving favorites and simple enough to make weeknight appearances as well!

My family moved to America when I was six years old and Thanksgiving quickly became my favorite holiday. My Iranian uncle is married to a wonderful American woman, who introduced us to the wonders of this beautiful American holiday. While many of my Iranian-American friends celebrate Thanksgiving with an assortment of Persian dishes, I’m adamant about preparing traditional American fare on this day. I’ve had countless arguments with my dad about the importance of serving roasted turkey with all the trimmings over the much tastier Kabob Koobideh. Whether you love or hate Thanksgiving food, for those of us lucky enough to live in the U.S., it is a great reminder of the autumn season and a wonderful reason to gather your loved ones and give thanks.

fluffy buttermilk mashed potatoes

I’m excited to add these delicious, fluffy mashed potatoes to my Thanksgiving repertoire this year and I hope you will too!

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fluffy buttermilk mashed potatoes

fluffy buttermilk mashed potatoes

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  • Author: Sepideh Esmaili Campos
  • Yield: serves 4


  • 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter, salted or unsalted is fine


  1. Place the peeled and cubed potatoes in a large pot with a tight fitting lid.
  2. Cover the potatoes with cold water and add salt.
  3. Cover the pot with its lid and heat on the stove over high heat until the water comes to a boil.
  4. Once the water begins to boil, uncover the pot and simmer over medium heat until a fork easily pierces the potatoes, about 20 minutes.
  5. Drain the potatoes and put them back into the hot pot.
  6. Add half of the buttermilk, all of the parmesan, and the butter. Mash with a potato masher, adding the rest of the buttermilk and continuing to mash until the mixture is smooth. Taste and add more salt if desired.
  7. Serve with more butter if desired.
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