Saffron Mashed Potatoes

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If you’re looking to serve the fluffiest and most luxurious Thanksgiving mashed potatoes this year, this saffron mashed potato recipe is for you.

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I’ve been a potato geek since I could walk. There is truly nothing more comforting than rich, buttery, creamy, fluffy potatoes.

If you’re looking to bring the most unforgettable Thanksgiving mashed potatoes to the gathering this year, then this recipe is an absolute must.

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How to make these saffron mashed potatoes:

The recipe is simple. It’s also likely very similar to other mashed potato recipes you’ve prepared at some point or another.

Where we get fancy is by melting our butter. Then, we steep the saffron in the warm, melted butter and allowing it to take on a beautifully rich, golden color.

Next, pour most of the saffron-butter mixture into your cooked potatoes. Add cream, salt, pepper, and a touch of garlic powder. Mash it until smooth and creamy. Drizzle more of the saffron butter on top and serve warm. It’s rich, buttery, and oh so delicious!

Looking to try another luxe potato recipe? Try my truffled potato gratin!

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Saffron Mashed Potatoes

If you're looking to serve the fluffiest and most luxurious Thanksgiving mashed potatoes this year, this saffron mashed potato recipe is for you.
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Servings: 6
Calories: 359kcal



  • 3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes peeled and cubed
  • ½ cup butter
  • Pinch of saffron about 10–15 threads
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Cook the potatoes:

  • Cover the potatoes with cold water in a large pot and add a generous pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are fork tender, about 15–20 minutes. Drain and return to the pot.

Melt the butter:

  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in the microwave in 10 second increments until melted. Add the saffron, crumbling it between your fingers first. Stir to combine and set aside.

Mash the potatoes:

  • Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes until completely smooth. Taste and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Pour in the milk, cream, and all but a tablespoon of the saffron butter and continue mashing until smooth and combined. Taste and season again to your preferences.

To serve:

  • Spoon the potatoes into a bowl and use the back of your spoon to smooth it out and create some dips and valleys. Pour the remaining saffron butter on top and serve immediately. Enjoy!


Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Sodium: 161mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 45mg
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