Recipe: The World’s Best Mash

All hail the comfort food to end all comfort food: the humble mash potato. Creamy, fluffy and filling, there's no carbo-licious peak we'd rather climb than the mashed variety.

Whether you’re in the lumpy or smooth camp, there’s a mashed potato match out there for everyone. Based on an original recipe in Cordially Invited, for a herby twist on this Thanksgiving classic, add in garlic and rosemary and serve with a choice of pork and veggie sausages and lashings of gravy.

  1. Peel potatoes and cut them into quarters. Place them in a large saucepan with the chopped garlic and salt, cover with water and bring to the boil.
  2. Reduce heat and cook for a further 20-25 minutes until the potatoes are tender. You can test to see if they’re done by inserting a knife. If they slide off, they’re ready to go.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the gravy. In a saucepan, mix 4 tsps of Bisto granules with 250ml of cold water (adjust quantities as needed). Bring to the boil, stirring until thickened. Simmer on a low heat for 3-5 minutes and transfer into a gravy jug.
  4. Using a colander, drain the potatoes and place in a large bowl with the cheese, butter, milk and rosemary. You can heat the milk and butter beforehand and pour over the potatoes if you prefer.
  5. Mash the potatoes using a potato masher or an electric hand whisk. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with fresh rosemary.

Serve in a large dish with a jug of gravy to let guests decide themselves if they fancy a little drizzle or a large lake. Serve up cheese, herbs, salt and pepper in little dishes for people to add their own mix-ins.

We hope you have fun recreating this simple but delicious recipe. Let us know how you eat yours in the comments below!

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Emily-rose Evans

Omg yes give me it now!


This looks unreal! Definitely making this for some holiday parties 🙂


The last photo looks so beautiful! xxx


OMG YUMM!! I’m a huge fan of potatoes and and mash potatoes are my favorite 🙂
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Luke Williams

I’m in love with the revamped website, especially this recipe section 🙌🏻 Craving mash potato now even thou it’s 11.30pm xo

Luke Williams

My profile image is so random, it’s from about 9 years ago 🙂

Deborah Chloé

First of all, I absolutely adore the makeover of this site.
Following Zoe from the early stages on and growing with her and her channel has been nothing short of wonderful and this site is no exception. I love to scroll and can’t wait to see what else is in store in the upcoming months <3. I love this recipe and as mashed potatoes are a huge thing here in Germany, too, I can't wait to try it out. Especially the little top with rosemary and garlic sounds amazing (we only do it the super plain way here). Now, I just have to ring in the holiday season and bring some British traditions to Germany. haha.

Happy Sunday from Frankfurt, Germany.

xx Deborah Chloé

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