Magic Mashed Potatoes

Magic Mashed Potatoes
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Delicious Buttery Rich Mashed Potatoes that are steamed before running through a Ricer and adding Seasoning and other ingredients. A few of which turn this simple dish into Magic Mashed Potatoes.

Cooking the Potatoes

I usually use 1 good sized potato per person. For 4 people I would use 4 Potatoes and maybe an extra one for good measure.

Steaming the Potatoes will preserve more of the Flavor and not water log the potatoes as much as when Boiling them.

The water logging issue is crucial when wanting to add in Liquids for mashed potatoes. When Potatoes boil in water they also absorb that water leaving less absorption for other things.

They are like sponges. The more water you can get out of them the more liquid they will reabsorb.

It’s not to say you can’t boil your potatoes but you do get better flavor when they are steamed. If you do boil them, boil them whole.

Magic Mashed Potatoes Seasoning

Butter & Cream or Buttermilk of course along with White Pepper. However we can elevate the simple mashed potato even further with additional seasonings or ingredients.

Butter Popcorn Seasoning

First is Butter Popcorn Seasoning. This is an excellent way to add both a Stronger Butter Flavor and Salt at the same time into any dish where both Butter and Salt are desired. Knowing this is a game changer for dishes requiring such. Add more if you see fit.

Buttered Salt Popcorn Seasoning
Buttered Salt Popcorn Seasoning


Next is the Magic Sarap. This is a wickedly good Seasoning that can be used in place of or in conjunction with Chicken Broth Powder. It adds exceptional flavor and is the Magic in Magic Mashed Potatoes.

These can be difficult to find. Currently the only place I know that sells them is T&T Supermarket and online as well. It’s a seasoning that can add some real flavor to not just mashed potatoes but quite a few dishes.

Magic Sarap
Magic Sarap

Baking Powder

I add baking powder for its leaving effect. It lightens up the Mashed Potato and can be further activated by briefly cooking the Mashed potatoes.

A Raw Egg can be added while the Mash is still relatively hot to add creaminess and lighten the mashed potatoes as well. It will cook slightly from the residual heat.

Cream of Tartar

This adds a bit of acidity although barely noticeable. You’d be surprised though. Just adding Salt & Pepper along with a small amount of cream of tartar makes all the difference with adding acidity and creating a mashed potatoes with volume, especially if adding an egg into the mix as well. It’s also a source of Potassium.

Other Seasonings

From here with the previous ingredients in place and shaping the overall flavor of the mashed potato. You can narrow in on a specific flavors. Strong Onion Flavor add Onion Powder. Strong Garlic, add Garlic Powder. Herby, add some Herbs such as Parsley, Chervil, Savory, Thyme.

You can even adjust the amounts in the recipe.

  • Adding more Butter Popcorn Seasoning will add more salt, butter flavor and color to the mashed potatoes.
  • More Baking powder will affect the leaving action in the mashed potato.
  • Increasing the Cream of Tartar will increase the acidity.
  • Adding more Butter or Liquids will affect the consistency.

There are a few Mashed Potato Recipes I have made and am experimenting with. That I will post in time. For now, this Magic Mashed Potato recipe is a well rounded recipe that can pair well with many dishes.


Adjust the consistency to how you like your mashed potatoes by adding in more cream or other liquids, butter, or eggs. Then adjust the seasoning before serving.

Magic Mashed Potatoes

Steamed Potatoes ran through a Ricer with Butter, Cream and other ingredients to create a pretty Rich and Buttery Mashed Potato Dish.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: Butter Mashed Potatoes, Magic Mashed Potatoes
Servings: 4 portions
Author: JAH


  • Steamer
  • Ricer


  • 4-5 Medium Potatoes
  • 1/4 C Real Butter – or more to adjust the consistency
  • 2 Tbl Cream or Buttermilk – or more to adjust the consistency
  • 1 pack Magic Sarap
  • 1 tsp Butter Popcorn Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Cream of Tartar & White Pepper


  • Peel and Chop the Potatoes in half then in quarters. Wash and place into the steamer for about 15 – 20 minutes. The Potatoes should be just soft.
  • Pass the Potatoes through a Ricer and add in the Butter first and mix, then the cream and mix, finally the remaining ingredients. Mix to combine everything.
  • Add more Cream or Butter to adjust the consistency and adjust the Seasoning before serving.