My two young boys would only eat boxed mashed potatoes, until I came up with this recipe. Little do they (and my finicky husband) know they are also eating their archenemy, onions!! This dish is different because you boil the seasoning with the potatoes instead of adding them later, thus a milder flavor. Serve piping hot with butter or homemade gravy although they don't need either. Enjoy!!!

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
6
Max Servings:
6
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Place the potatoes into a large pot, and fill with enough water to cover by 1 inch. Add the onion, garlic, basil, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, and bring to a boil. Cook until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.

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  • Drain the contents of the pot in a colander, then transfer to a large bowl. Add the sour cream, butter, milk and food coloring, and beat with an electric mixer until light. Adjust milk if needed. Do not beat too long, or the potatoes will become stiff and pasty. Taste and adjust salt and pepper before serving.

Nutrition Facts

387.42 calories; 8.01 g protein; 54.19 g carbohydrates; 16.39 g fat; 38.83 mg cholesterol; 488.71 mg sodium.Full Nutrition


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SunnyByrd
09/15/2008
Great mashed potatoes. Very light and creamy. I used thyme instead of basil because it went better with the rest of our dinner... And the 10-star reason I chose this recipe - (based on an actual conversation) -- DH: 'Hey why are these potatoes yellow?" - ME: 'I don't know.' - DH: 'Did you dye them yellow?' - ME: 'Yes.' - DH: 'Why did you do that? - ME: 'I didn't want to do it KAYLIVESHERE told me to...' - DH: Huh? Who's KAYLIVESHERE?' - ME: 'I don't know. - DH: Why did she tell you to dye the potatoes yellow??' - ME (smiling): I don't know. She didn't say.' --- Awesome. Thanks for the recipe!
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Julie Burch Bumb
10/02/2009
Good basic recipe. Didn't use food coloring of course. Thanks.
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SunnyByrd
09/15/2008
Great mashed potatoes. Very light and creamy. I used thyme instead of basil because it went better with the rest of our dinner... And the 10-star reason I chose this recipe - (based on an actual conversation) -- DH: 'Hey why are these potatoes yellow?" - ME: 'I don't know.' - DH: 'Did you dye them yellow?' - ME: 'Yes.' - DH: 'Why did you do that? - ME: 'I didn't want to do it KAYLIVESHERE told me to...' - DH: Huh? Who's KAYLIVESHERE?' - ME: 'I don't know. - DH: Why did she tell you to dye the potatoes yellow??' - ME (smiling): I don't know. She didn't say.' --- Awesome. Thanks for the recipe!
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Mat Owen
12/12/2008
These were AWESOME! They were the hit of my Thanksgiving dinner! I made them just the way your suppose to minus the food coloring but near then end when they were done I about a half cup of cheese and about a half a jar of Real bacon bits and they were to die for! I only like instant i HATE real mashed potatoes but I did them real this time for Thanksgiving and I'll never go back to instant now because of this recipe!!
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DANSAR99
06/29/2005
Very tasty. I used red potatos. Substituted yogurt for the sour cream.Omited the food coloring.My wife and stepdau. both liked it.
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CATJENKINS
11/28/2008
Nice and rich using half and half. I forewent the food coloring - the yellow butter potaoes I used cast their own nice hue. All in all boiling the potaoes in their own spices lent them nice flavor without obvious add-ins. Good stuff!
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Anonymous
08/18/2007
These were the best potatos I ever had. Even my wife (the cook) says these were the best potatos she ever had! We used some basil that my wife grew...yummy. She didn't like the yellow food coloring but I did and so did the kids. Makes them look buttery. Oh my...we'll never make another potato recipe. Thanks!!!!!
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Julie Burch Bumb
10/02/2009
Good basic recipe. Didn't use food coloring of course. Thanks.
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Sheri S.
03/02/2009
Good mashed potatoes! I thought adding the seasonings to the water gave the potatoes a nice taste. I substituted seasoned salt for regular salt and tripled the amount of garlic. I left out the food coloring.
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Singer6
03/22/2010
I've made these a few times... The first time I added the food coloring and they were pretty yellow. I omit the food coloring just because who needs it? The potatoes are great and flavorful. I like that you boil the aromatics with the potatoes just makes prep easier. Will continue to make. Thanks!
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docswife
03/10/2009
Very tasty! The kids liked the vibrant yellow color! I will be making these often. Thanks!
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