Thyme Mashed Potatoes

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Thyme Mashed Potatoes recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Rich with butter and cream, aromatic and seasoned very simply with salt, pepper and thyme. These potatoes were simply delicious. Mashed potatoes are always a favorite for our family, but this was a step above the average.

Serve the potatoes with Balsamic Butter Sauce instead of gravy – so good!

There was almost nothing left to send with my husband for his lunch the next day. My oldest son has already requested a repeat of this meal for his birthday.

Thyme Mashed Potatoes recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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Thyme Mashed Potatoes

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Recipe adapted from and with thanks to Bon Appetit via
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  • 3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes approximately 5-6 medium size potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 4-8 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 ½ tablespoon fresh
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper


  • Wash and dice potatoes into 1-2 inch chunks. (We enjoy mashed potatoes with the skins, if you prefer a smoother mashed potato, peel them first.) Boil the potatoes in water until tender (approximately 20 minutes). Drain and return to pot over very low heat. Add butter, 4 tablespoons cream and thyme. Mashed with a potato masher until desired consistency. We prefer a chunky "smashed" potato, not smooth at all. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • These can be served immediately or they can be made ahead and then allowed to stand at room temperature for an hour or two. Warm over medium heat, stirring often and adding more cream as needed if the potatoes are dry. Serve warm and drizzled with Balsamic Butter Sauce. Enjoy!
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. BarefootBride says

    Oh yummy. Mashed potatoes has to be one of my favourite comfort foods. With my first child, the first trimester of pregnancy consisted mainly of mashed potatoes for almost every meal – on their own. I was very sick with morning sickness and it was all I could keep down and want to eat.

    We're having chicken kiev tonight so I might have to have a go at making these to go with them…