Everything bagel mashed potatoes! This failproof recipe makes a buttery batch of mashed potatoes flavored with the seedy, oniony, salty, and garlicky goodness of everything bagel seasoning. This delicious side is simple enough for weeknights and special enough for special occasions!
If it belongs on a bagel, it belongs on potatoes! So making creamy mashed potatoes from scratch seasoned with everything on an everything bagel only makes sense.
If you’re unfamiliar with the herbs and spices on an “everything bagel,” let’s get you caught up on the seasonings baked into this legendary bagel flavor. It’s a blend of a little bit of everything, specifically poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried garlic, flaked onion, and salt.
Fortunately, this legendary mixture of flavors is bottled up and sold in stores, so you can enjoy it on far more than bagels. Nowadays, bagel seasoning is easy to find with the spices and seasonings in most major food stores like Trader Joe’s, Aldi, Lidl, and Walmart.
In these step-by-step instructions, I’ll show you how to make classic mashed potatoes with milk and butter elevated with the familiar flavors of everything bagel seasoning. They are a cinch to make on the stovetop for a simple weeknight side or to try something different with your mashed potatoes this holiday season!
❤ Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This easy recipe makes classic buttery mashed potatoes with an everything bagel twist!
- It’s a family favorite made with fuss-free gluten-free ingredients.
- The ingredients are easy to substitute with dairy-free and Whole30 alternatives.
- Mashed potatoes with everything bagel seasoning are always kid-approved.
🥔 Ingredients You’ll Need
- Potatoes – I used russet potatoes, but you can make these mashed potatoes with other types like red bliss, golden, or even sweet potatoes.
- Whole milk – Milk makes smooth, fluffy mashed potatoes. For an even creamier texture, use heavy cream.
- Unsalted butter – Adds flavor and enhances the satiny mouth feel. I suggest unsalted butter because everything bagel seasoning contains quite a bit of salt already.
- Everything bagel seasoning – This rounded blend of flavors makes everything better, including potatoes! Add a little bit for a touch of everything bagel flavor, or add more to taste.
🗨 Quick Equipment Tip – You can use a potato masher or an immersion blender. A potato masher is better for making chunky mashed potatoes, whereas an immersion blender is best if you prefer them silky smooth. Do not use a food processor or blender.
🥣 How To Make Mashed Potatoes with Everything Bagel Seasoning
1️⃣ Prep. Wash the potatoes in cold water. Pat dry, then peel and cut into similar-sized large chunks.
2️⃣ Boil. Bring a large pot of cold salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes, lower the heat and cook until the potatoes are fork-tender. Drain the potatoes well and add them back to the pot.
4️⃣ Serve. Scoop the mashed potatoes into a serving bowl, sprinkle additional everything bagel seasoning over the top for garnish and dig in!
♨ Alternate Cooking Techniques
Instead of boiling potatoes on the stove, try one of these nifty techniques to cook perfect potatoes for mashing potatoes.
- Air fryer: Set the timer for 25 minutes and cook skin-on potato pieces until fork-tender. Add to a bowl and mash with milk, butter, and seasonings.
- Sous vide: Add cut potatoes to a sous vide bag in a single layer with a couple of pats of butter and cook in a temped 190F water bath for one hour. Remove from the bag and blend with milk, butter, and seasonings.
👩🏻🍳 Recipe Tips
- Be sure to chop the peeled potatoes into similar-sized roughly 2″ chunks so the pieces boil at the same rate.
- Boil the potatoes until just fork-tender. If boiled for too long, the potatoes become soggy and mash into a watery mess.
- Make sure the potatoes are fully drained before mashing. If there’s an excess of liquid, they may become soupy.
- Blend the boiled potatoes with the rest of the ingredients until they’re the consistency you prefer, but be careful not to overwork the mixture. This causes the starches to gum up and produce gluey potatoes.
Loaded everything potatoes – Add everything but the bagel seasoning plus your favorite baked potato toppings. Mix in sour cream, shredded cheddar, chopped crispy bacon, and chives.
Vegan & Whole30 modifications – This recipe is easy to modify for Whole30 purposes or for anyone who doesn’t consume milk products. Instead of cow’s milk and butter, try these substitutions.
- Milk – A can of full-fat coconut milk is the best, but almond and cashew milk also work. Unsweetened soy or oat milk is also an option (although not Wholeo30).
- Butter – Use your go-to vegan buttery spread instead of real butter. For Whole30, ghee is an excellent choice.
🧊 Storing & Freezing
Storing: Let cool to room temperature, then keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.
Freezing: You can also make a batch to enjoy now and one to freeze for later. To freeze everything potatoes, transfer the cooled mashed potatoes to a freezer-safe bag and freeze for 4 to 5 months. Thaw in the fridge before reheating.
Either method works, but keep in mind if you peel the potatoes after they’ve been boiled and drained, the skin ends up sliding right off. Convenient, yes -but that extra step between draining and mashing gives the potatoes time to cool. The potatoes cannot cool before mashing if you want to achieve a truly flawless consistency.
The starch in cooked potatoes can be VERY temperamental. To make sure they don’t become sticky like glue, do not use a food processor or blender for mashed potatoes. The key is to smash and fold the ingredients together by hand gently.
🥯 More Everything Bagel Seasoning Recipes
- Everything Bagel Potato Salad
- Everything Bagel Green Beans Almondine
- Everything Bagel Tuna Salad
- Everything Bagel Chicken Salad
Everything Bagel Mashed Potatoes
- 1 large cooking pot
- 1 potato masher or immersion blender
- 2 pounds russet potatoes peeled and quartered
- 1 cup whole milk or heavy cream
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons everything but the bagel seasoning plus more to taste
- salt & black pepper to taste
- Wash the potatoes in cold water and pat dry, then peel and cut into quarters or similar-sized large chunks, about 1½ to 2 inches wide.
- Bring a large pot of cold salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes. Lower the heat to medium and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender. Do not overcook.
- Drain the potatoes well and add them back to the pot.
- Add the milk, butter and seasonings, then use a potato masher and mash to the desired consistency (or use an immersion blender).
- Scoop into a serving bowl, sprinkle additional everything bagel seasoning over the top for garnish and serve hot. Enjoy!