Mashed potatoes are very forgiving, and with a good masher, hot potatoes Unlock New York Times recipes and your personal recipe box with a free account . Enjoy a classic all-time favorite - smooth and creamy mashed potatoes make the perfect side dish for any meal. to 10 medium russet potatoes (about 3 lb.). Oct 11, This is our favorite homemade mashed potatoes recipe (skin-on or peeled). They are also creamier than more starchy potatoes, like russet.