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Creamed Potatoes

One bite of these classic creamed potatoes flooded me back to childhood holidays around my grandmother’s table. A quick and easy side dish that will surprise your kids and they will ask for seconds!

creamed potatoes in a bowl with a spoon

Creamed Potatoes Recipe

This creamed potatoes recipe is super easy to make and is rich and creamy. The perfect comfort food for sure!

Mashed potatoes are a staple on my menu because my son loves them. He could eat them for every meal, much like me and spaghetti.

So when I started looking for a new dish to make with potatoes, I thought about creamed peas but making them with potatoes instead.

The rich, yet easy to make sauce, makes a creamy potatoes dish that is perfect with just about anything.

Not only are they delicious but they are ready in under 30 minutes which is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.

What are creamed potatoes?

Old-fashioned creamed potatoes are a personal favorite of mine right up with creamed peas and fried chicken.

Diced potatoes are boiled until tender and then simmered in a silky, creamy sauce.

Some say it’s basic but it is anything but that. This is the traditional recipe that you can make your own by adding ingredients like fresh herbs, garlic, spices, bacon, cheese, and my favorite, peas!

variety of potatoes in a bowl

Ingredients Needed

PotatoesLarge Russet potatoes or your favorite baking potato or baby red new potatoes.

Butter – Use unsalted recipe for this. Substitute salted and leave out additional salt.

Flour – All purpose flour is best for this recipe.

Milk – Whole milk makes it creamy or substitute you favorite milk.

Spices – Salt, black pepper, garlic powder.

Garnish – Chopped fresh parsley.

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How to Make Creamed Potatoes

First: In a large pot with salted water, boil the potatoes for 8-10 minutes or until fork tender. Drain and set aside.

Second: Return empty pot to cooktop and melt 3 tablespoons butter. Stir in the flour and whisk while cooking for 2-3 minutes to remove the raw flour flavor.

Third: Whisk in milk and cook for 5-6 minutes or until thickened. Stir in salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

Fourth: Gently stir in the cooked potatoes and toss to coat with the creamy sauce. Add remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and stir to melt it. Garnish and serve warm.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

creamed potatoes in a pot

Recipe Variations

  • Add minced garlic cloves when making the sauce for a garlicky punch.
  • Toss in fresh herbs like chopped thyme or rosemary for more savory flavor.
  • Stir in shredded cheese like cheddar or parmesan. Or try an ounce or two of cream cheese.
  • Fold in some crispy bacon for a smoky flavor. Leftover ham is also great in it.
  • Try this recipe with sweet potatoes and add some paprika to the sauce.

What to Serve with Creamed Potatoes

I prefer to serve my creamed potatoes with crispy fried chicken, meatloaf, roast chicken, or a pork roast.

Vegetables like roasted broccoli, peas, or green beans are always great paired with potatoes.

spoon of creamed potatoes

What is the difference between mashed potatoes and creamed potatoes?

Mashed potatoes and creamed potatoes are similar dishes as they both start with boiled potatoes. The main difference is the texture of the potatoes.

Mashed are boiled and then smashed with a potato masher or potato ricers until smooth and creamy.

Creamed potatoes are left in a diced shape, much like potato salad, and then finished in a rich creamy sauce.

Both are delicious potato dishes to serve alongside many main dishes.

What are the best potatoes to use?

Starchy potatoes are the best to use. This helps them have a creamy texture when cooked and the extra starch will thicken any sauce with them.

My favorite potatoes to use are:

  1. Russet Potatoes or Idaho potatoes
  2. Yukon Gold Potatoes (these have a bright yellow color that is pretty)
  3. Red Potatoes (I like to use these and leave the skins on for a pop of color and texture)
  4. Fingerling Potatoes (These can be in fun colors and are smaller so they cook faster)
close up of potatoes in a bowl with parsley

How to Store Leftover Creamed Potatoes

Store: Cool to room temperature. Place potatoes an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. They will last for 3-4 days.

Reheat: Transfer to a microwave safe dish and heat for 1 minute intervals until heated through. Or place in a saucepan on the stove over low heat.

Heat, stirring often, until warmed through. Add a splash of milk or heavy cream to get the sauce perfect again.

Freeze: You can freeze them although I don’t recommend it. The potatoes will lose their texture and the sauce can separate and become grainy.

Can you make creamed potatoes ahead of time?

Yes, you can make them up to 3 days in advance. Just prepare the dish, cool to room temperature and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

When reheating, take out of the refrigerator about 20 minutes ahead of time to take the chill off. Reheat using one of the methods described above.

For me, the stove top method restores them most like when you first cooked them.

bowl of creamed potatoes

Tips for No Leftovers

  • Start with cold water when boiling potatoes. This way the outside doesn’t overcook before the middle does.
  • Make sure to salt the water when boiling the potatoes. This is a great chance to flavor them since the sauce just coats them.
  • Don’t overcook like mashed potatoes as you want the potatoes to retain some shape. Much like potato salad.
  • You can make the sauce in a small saucepan off to the side while the potatoes are boiling and then pour over the drained potatoes. This saves time as you can make the sauce while the potatoes are cooking.
  • Use unsalted butter to control salt levels.
  • Continuously whisk the sauce while cooking it. It will be smoother in the end.
  • You know the sauce is done when you run your finger through the sauce on the back of a wooden spoon and the line stays put.
  • Like things tangy? Stir in some sour cream at the end!
  • Brighten with a sprinkle of paprika once plated.

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Looking for a quick and easy side dish that is both delicious and comforting? This creamed potatoes recipe is the answer! Made with simple ingredients like potatoes, milk, cream, and butter, this recipe is not only incredibly easy to make, but it also takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish. And no additional gravy recipe is needed!

overhead picture of large skillet with creamed potatoes in it and a white spoon

Creamed Potatoes

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These old fashioned creamed peas are an easy side dish. Made in under 30 minutes, tender potatoes & rich sauce are perfect for a weeknight!

Ingredients

  • 3 large baking potatoes, peeled, cubed into 1 inch pieces
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 ½ tablespoons flour
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Freshly chopped parsley for garnish.

Instructions

  1. In a large pot with salted water, boil the potatoes for 8-10 minutes or until fork tender. Don’t overcook like mashed potatoes as you want the potatoes to retain some shape. Much like potato salad.
  2. Drain and set aside.
  3. Return empty pot to cooktop and melt 3 tablespoons butter.
  4. Stir in the flour and whisk while cooking for 2-3 minutes to remove the raw flour flavor.
  5. Whisk in milk and cook for 5-6 minutes or until thickened.
  6. Stir in salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  7. Gently stir in the cooked potatoes and toss to coat with the creamy sauce.
  8. Add remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and stir to melt it.
  9. Serve warm. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley if desired.

Notes

  • Start with cold water when boiling potatoes. This way the outside doesn’t overcook before the middle does.
  • Make sure to salt the water when boiling the potatoes. This is a great chance to flavor them since the sauce just coats them.
  • Don’t overcook like mashed potatoes as you want the potatoes to retain some shape. Much like potato salad.
  • You can make the sauce in a small saucepan off to the side while the potatoes are boiling and then pour over the drained potatoes. This saves time as you can make the sauce while the potatoes are cooking.
  • Use unsalted butter to control salt levels.
  • Continuously whisk the sauce while cooking it. It will be smoother in the end.
  • You know the sauce is done when you run your finger through the sauce on the back of a wooden spoon and the line stays put.
  • Like things tangy? Stir in some sour cream at the end!
  • Brighten with a sprinkle of paprika once plated.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 403Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 454mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 5gSugar: 7gProtein: 9g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and we can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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