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The most perfect buttery herbed mashed potatoes. Made simply with cream, fresh herbs, a little garlic, and a good amount of butter. Each bite is perfect and so delicious. The secret? Crème fraîche for creaminess, and herbed brown butter for incredible flavor. The best part is that you can make these mashed potatoes ahead of time for easy entertaining!

overhead photo of Buttery Herbed Mashed Potatoes with towel and sage on table

It would not be Thanksgiving, or November for that matter, without a good amount of creamy, buttery mashed potatoes. Without a doubt, mashed potatoes are the crowd favorite at our Thanksgiving table. My brothers take double helpings, always going back for more. The potatoes are the first dish to disappear. No matter how many mashed potatoes I make, I always wish I would have made more.

Anyone else the same? I feel like everyone loves potatoes, so my guess is that I’m not alone.

The mashers are simply the best. So today I’m sharing my go-to, no fail, recipe, along with all my secrets, and make ahead tips.

herbed cream

I actually have a few mashed potato recipes that I adore, but these buttery herbed mashed potatoes are my favorite for Thanksgiving.  My crockpot three cheese mashed potatoes are another go-to for weeknights. But for Thanksgiving I love mashers that are less cheesy and more herby. I find that these just pair better with all the dishes on my Thanksgiving menu.

They’re simple, but delicious, and I have yet to meet anyone who does not love them.

And yes, they’re extra buttery, which I do think all mashed potatoes need to be.

potatoes in colander

Here are the details.

Start with Yukon gold potatoes, which are going to give you extra creamy mashed potatoes. Boil the potatoes with a few cloves of garlic and a good amount of salt. Then drain and give them a good mashing. I like to use my stand mixer to quickly mash the potatoes. That said, if you want a good arm workout, mashing by hand is the way to go.

While the potatoes are boiling, warm the cream with the herbs to infuse with a delicious herby flavor. Then slowly add the cream to the mashed potatoes, along withe the crème fraîche. I LOVE using crème fraîche as a secret ingredient. It makes for the creamiest mashed potatoes. Trust me, you have to try it. If you don’t have crème fraîche, I’d recommend using an equal amount of cream cheese, but crème fraîche is best.

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OK. Now the real important step.

Brown some butter with fresh sage. Yes, yes, YES, you must add a little browned butter. It’s the key to mashed potatoes that are just a little bit better than anyone else’s.

I use about half regular butter and half browned, so it’s a very subtle but delicious flavor. Again, trust me here, I’m not going to steer you wrong.

Finish with a sprinkle of fresh chives and you’ll have the most perfect, buttery mashed potatoes. No one can turn these down.

If you’d like to make them in advance, this recipe works great. I usually keep mine warm in the slow cooker, but I’ve also included directions on how-to reheat in the oven, and on the stove-top, so do what works best for you!

My best piece of advice?

Test this recipe out before Thanksgiving. Like today or sometime this week. Testing your recipes before Thanksgiving Day is the best thing you can do. Everyone has different tastes, so it’s good to check and adjust as needed before the big day. Plus, you get a huge bowl of yummy mashed potatoes all to your yourself. No sharing required. Cool. Cool.

overhead photo of Buttery Herbed Mashed Potatoes with sage on table

If you make these buttery mashed potatoes please be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Buttery Herbed Mashed Potatoes

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 250 kcal

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  • 5 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • kosher salt
  • 1 cup whole milk or heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 8 leaves fresh sage, 6 whole leaves + 1 Tbsp chopped)
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3/4 cup crème fraîche
  • fresh black pepper
  • chopped fresh chives, for serving


  • 1. In a large pot of cold water, bring the potatoes and garlic to a boil. Salt the water and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20 to 30 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, heat the cream, 4 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon chopped sage, and the thyme sprigs over medium heat until the butter has melted. Remove from the heat and let the herbs sit in the warm cream until the potatoes are done. Remove the thyme sprigs before adding to the potatoes. 
    3. Drain the potatoes, return the potatoes to the pot and mash over low heat, or mash in the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the herbed cream and crème fraîche. 
    4. In a skillet, melt 6 tablespoons butter and the sage leaves over medium heat until just browned. The butter will melt, foam and froth, then begin to brown along the bottom. Whisk browned bits off of the bottom of the pan. Remove the sage leaves. Pour the browned butter into the warm mashed potatoes. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
    5. Serve the potatoes warm, topped with the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, sage and fresh chopped chives. 

To Make Ahead

  • Prepare the mashed potatoes as directed through step 4. Spoon the potatoes into a large baking dish. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. 
    To reheat in the oven, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Pour 1/2 cup heavy cream over the potatoes and add 2 tablespoons butter, do not stir. Cover the potatoes tightly with foil and transfer to the oven. Cook for 20-25 minutes, or until the potatoes are warmed through. Stir before serving.
    To reheat on the stove, add 1/2 cup cream and 2 tablespoons butter and place the potatoes over low, gently stirring until warmed throughout. 
    To heat and keep warm in the slow cooker, transfer the potatoes to the slower cooker, cover and keep on low for up to 4 hours. About 30 minutes before serving, turn the heat to low or high, add 1/2 cup heavy cream and 2 tablespoons butter, do not stir. Cover and let the cream warm and the butter melt. Stir before serving.
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  1. 5 stars
    I couldn’t easily find crème fraîche so I subbed sour cream before I saw the cream cheese suggestion. Still amazing. Taste testing through the whole process, it really is that brown butter that levels it up. Delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    I made these for the first time tonight to go with your slow cooker French mustard chicken and I will never make mashed potatoes another way again.

  3. 5 stars
    These were the best potatoes I’ve ever had. I used the ritz cracker topping from another one of your recipes to prepare the leftovers and it was so good. This was the first recipe from Half Baked Harvest that I have made and it exceeded all expectations. Thank you! I look forward to more of your recipes 👨‍🍳

    1. Hey Kim,
      Thanks so much for trying the recipe. That is so great the recipe was enjoyed! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    These were delicious! I made them for our Christmas dinner to serve along with beef tenderloin and HBH Salted Honey Brussels Sprouts. Both were a huge hit with our family! (Wish I had taken pictures)

  5. 5 stars
    OMG I chose this recipe for the addition of mashed potatoes to my Thanksgiving menu and one word, DELICIOUS! So easy yet so flavorful. I followed the recipe to a tee however I did sub cream cheese for creme fraiche cause all I had on hand and the creaminess was not compromised in the least. The browned sage butter is key to this dish. My best advice, don’t scrimp on the herbs. This is my fifth or sixth recipe I’ve made of yours and each one has exceeded expectations, thank you!

  6. 5 stars
    Totally insane mashers!!! The best we’ve ever made or consumed by far, possibly light years…Totally worth every aspect of the recipe and the “coup de grace” was the Creme Fraiche!!! Thank you for bringing this recipe to us, among so many others….! HBH recipes dominated our Turkey Day this year – thankfully!!! We just discovered you 2 weeks ago!


  7. 5 stars
    I made this for thanksgiving and it turned out amazing! Everyone LOVED these potatoes! Thick, buttery, delicious goodness!

  8. 1 star
    Well, I would love to make this but this website is so bogged down with adds that I cant access the recipe long enough to follow it! The print button doesn’t work and copy and pasting is a no-go too. Even trying to write this comment is a pain because adds keep popping gup and interrupting me. super frustrating. The recipe looks great – too bad you let the adds rule your content..

    1. Hi! I am really sorry about the ads that keep popping up. The print button is not working for you? I would love to help! xTieghan

    1. Hey Heather,
      Either one is fine to use. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions. Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

  9. Would it be bad to use Russet potatoes instead of Yukon gold? My bf’s parents already went shopping and got russet 🙂

  10. Looks amazing! I want to make for Thanksgiving, but I have picky nieces that love their mashed potatoes, but wouldn’t go for the herb flavor in them. Would it be Ok to omit the thyme and sage?

    1. Hey Kim,
      Yes, that would be fine to do. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  11. I’ve recently had to give up dairy (butter is fine) but I’m DYING for a great no-cream/milk mashed potato recipe… any optional alternatives to the heavy cream here? Does this magical unicorn of a recipe even exist??? *Le sigh…

  12. Hi! How would you do these in a crockpot? I love the ingredients of this a bit more than your slow cooker cheesy herb potatoes, but would love to use the crockpot rather than the stove. Thanks!

    1. Hey Sarah,
      You can follow the crockpot instructions for the cheesy potatoes:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan