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Vanilla Bean Mashed Potatoes

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WW Freestyle: 3
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
This easy mashed potatoes recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving and a real show stopper! Vanilla adds an amazing flavor to classic mashed potatoes - yes, really!
Course: Sides
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 228


  • 2- pounds small red potatoes
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 vanilla bean OR you can use 2 to 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves , for garnish (optional)


  • Place potatoes in a large pot in a single layer, cover with water and bring to a boil; cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender.
  • Drain and run under cold water for 2 to 3 minutes; drain again, let cool slightly and peel.
  • Transfer to a food processor and puree.
  • In the meantime, combine milk, butter and vanilla in a saucepan; bring to a simmer.
  • Remove from heat and remove vanilla bean.
  • Pour the milk-mixture over the potatoes in the food processor; process until well combined and smooth. (I like my mashed potatoes chunky so I don't puree them for very long.)
  • Season the mashed potatoes with salt and fresh ground pepper.
  • Transfer to a plate, garnish with thyme leaves and serve.


Inspired by: [Rusconi's American Kitchen
Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Bean Mashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 103mg4%
Potassium 1072mg31%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 19.5mg24%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keywords: classic mashed potatoes, easy thanksgiving recipe, mashed potatoes, thanksgiving side dish