Food Network's Melissa d'Arabian shares an easy recipe for creamy mashed potatoes that she uses to assemble quick meal bowls. (Hello, easy mix-and-match meal prep inspiration!)

Serve mashed potatoes in a bowl with one of the suggested toppings below:

• Chopped Brussels sprouts, tossed with olive oil and fish sauce, and roasted until crisp

• Crispy sautéed pancetta, baby peas and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese

• Rotisserie chicken, a drizzle of barbecue sauce and chopped pickles

• Store-bought package of coleslaw and fish sticks

• Chopped crispy bacon and shredded Swiss cheese, broiled until browned

• Stir a tablespoon of chipotle in adobo sauce or harissa into the potatoes when mashing, then top with pork carnitas or rotisserie chicken and chopped tomatoes

• Sauerkraut, bratwurst and a drizzle of spicy mustard



  • 4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt (optional)
  • About ¾ cup warm milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives


Serves: 4


Place the potatoes in a saucepan and cover with cold water (for more flavor, swap out part of the water with broth or add a spoonful of concentrated bouillon paste or powder). Add salt, bring to a boil and cook just until the potatoes fall off a fork when pierced, about 20 minutes. Drain the potatoes, and press through a potato ricer into a large bowl.

Mix in the butter, yogurt (if using), warm milk, and chives. Add a tablespoon or 2 more milk to reach desired consistency, if needed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.