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Loaded Mashed Potatoes


People who need to gain weight often have very little appetite and a complete disinterest in food. They’re also lethargic and suffer from fatigue. The good news is these issues can be fixed with the right diet and one of the basic weight-gainer foods is mashed potatoes.

The perfect basic mash is made up of just a few simple ingredients: butter, milk, salt and pepper, and starchy potatoes. Why starchy spuds specifically? Well, given the choice of either a waxy or starchy potato, it’s the starchy ones that become fluffy and light when mashed.

Potato mash is one of those foods you can load up with a variety of additions. It’s easy to make, almost every human on the planet loves it and it’ll last for days in the fridge.

Before you get started, it’s good to know which potato varieties are best for mashing, so here’s our list of the five best ones:

  • Yukon Gold (these are the gold standard but can be hard to find in Australia)
  • King Edwards
  • Dutch Cream
  • Sebago (good all-rounder)
  • Desiree (This is the last option as they’re somewhat waxy so don’t work as well as the others)
  • Bonus: Sweet Potatoes are also high in starch and will give your mash a nice twist


  • 500-600g of potatoes (boiled)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup of butter
  • 2 tsp of minced garlic
  • 1 diced onion
  • 3/4 cup of sour cream
  • 3/4 cup of cheese
  • Garnish: 1/4 cup of chopped chives


  • After you’ve boiled the potatoes, pour them into a colander but put 1/2 a cup of the starchy water aside before draining. This will help in making the mash even fluffier.
  • Remove the potatoes and set them aside.
  • In the same pot you used to boil the spuds, melt the butter and sauté the onion and garlic until golden.
  • Add the potatoes back in with the onion and garlic.
  • Add the sour cream and mash ’til smooth, pouring the starchy water in slowly as you go.
  • Once the consistency is smooth, drop in the cheese and fold it into the mix.
  • Garnish: Sprinkle the chives on top

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