The BEST EASY mashed potato recipe. These are the richest, creamiest, most classic mashed potatoes you will ever eat. Homemade recipes like this are essential for the holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving. It's not really one of the most quick side dishes to make, but comfort food like this is essential! You'll need butter, russet or yukon gold potatoes, half and half, chives, and black pepper. Add garlic if you like!