Perfect Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Perfect Mashed Potatoes Recipe

These mashed potatoes are exactly as advertised. They are perfect. Not too heavy. Not too light. Perfectly savory. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory. Weight is medium but can be balanced with salt. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects. Best categorized as classic American.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mashed potatoes, potatoes, recipes
Servings: 6 people
Author: Chef Ryan Callahan
Cost: $10


  • potato peeler
  • Large spaghetti pot or stock pot
  • large colander
  • potato masher OR
  • hand mixer


Food Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1/2 c. cream
  • 2 tbsp. parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 c. sour cream

Flavor Balancers:

  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste


  • Chunk up potatoes into small pieces, leaving the skin on. Boil on high for 35–45 minutes or until tender. Strain water from potatoes, and place potatoes back in pot. Add remaining ingredients. Mash by hand or by a hand mixer to desired consistency.


If potatoes are too thin, add cornstarch and heat on medium heat until thickened. If potatoes are too thick, add more cream or milk. Salt and pepper to taste.

Cooking for Chemo focuses on teaching you how to make your food taste good again during cancer and chemotherapy treatments. The flavor and cooking techniques contained within our easy to make recipes will help improve your quality of life as you go through cancer and chemotherapy treatments. Our cooking and flavor techniques can be integrated with any diet regimen. Talk with your dietitian to come up with a quality nutrition plan. This site is not to be taken as or used instead of professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor, oncologist, and dietitian before starting any new diet.

This recipe is taken from Cooking for Chemo …and After! By Chef Ryan Callahan -The Cancer Chef. For more cooking for chemotherapy recipes like this, you can pick up a copy on Amazon . Have specific questions? Email us at

About the Author:

Chef Ryan Callahan is a 2x Gourmand World Cookbook Award Winning Chef. He is also the author of "Cooking for Chemo ...and After!" Chef Ryan acted as his mother's primary caregiver while she herself went through chemotherapy treatments. He has dedicated his life to helping cancer fighters navigate the difficulty that eating related side-effect present to the cancer fighter.