mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy

by jenna on February 23, 2011

Have you noticed that it’s pretty much national comfort food week on ELR? So far we’ve had yellow cake with chocolate frosting, barbecue pulled pork and now mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy.

I figured we needed a vegetable in there somewhere, right?

If you’ve been reading ELR for a little while, you know my plight with making mashed potatoes. But I’m proud to say I kept at it and developed a mashed-potato-idiot-proof recipe that not only tastes amazing on it’s own but when paired with mushroom gravy, is knock your socks off fabulous!

Wanna know a dirty secret? I think I might like mushroom gravy more than sausage gravy. It’s true! And I feel so healthy eating it because it’s, well, a vegetable and all.

And guess what? Potatoes are vegetables, too! Double the veggies, double the love.

The mushroom gravy isn’t only great on mashed potatoes though. No, definitely don’t stop there! I also recommend smothering it on buttermilk biscuits and burgers. It’s great for our vegetarian friends and can easily be made vegan without the cream.

Not that I recommend making it without the cream though. Cream is delicious.

Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy

serves 4

Print this recipe!


for potatoes:

2 large russet potatoes

4 T butter, softened

1/4 cup whole milk

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

for mushroom gravy:

1 T butter

1 lb sliced mushrooms

1 shallot, minced

1/4 cup flour

1 cup chicken stock (or vegetable stock)

1/4 tsp dried thyme

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 cup cream (optional but highly recommended)


Peel and slice the potatoes. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the potatoes until fork tender, about thirty minutes. Drain and then place the potatoes back into the pot and mash with a potato masher or large fork. Add the softened butter, milk, salt and pepper and continue mashing until smooth. Place in an ovenproof dish and keep warm in the oven until ready to eat.

Heat the tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the shallot and cook until tender, then add the mushrooms and continue cooking until soft and juicy. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, dried thyme and flour and toss to coat well.

Cook for another four minutes, stirring constantly. Then, slowly pour in the stock and whisk over medium heat until thickened (about three minutes). Add cream and additional salt to taste.  Serve warm over the potatoes.


45 minutes

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Christie {Nourishing Eats} February 23, 2011 at 5:01 am

Oh my goodness, that gravy looks fantastic!! And yay for awesome mashed potatoes!!!


Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl February 23, 2011 at 5:06 am

My husband would love me forever if I made him this. I might stash this in my back pocket for when I need forgiveness :)


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 23, 2011 at 5:24 am

yumm this is just screaming comfort food!! i’m not usually a fan of plain old mashed potatos (unless they’re sweet potatos) but i love the mushrooms in the gravy! :)


flip flops and pearls February 23, 2011 at 5:24 am

Oh my…..
that looks delish-
thanks for sharing:)


Estela @ Weekly Bite February 23, 2011 at 5:28 am

I love mushroom gravy! Especially on mashed potatoes :)


Beth @ DiningAndDishing February 23, 2011 at 5:30 am

I’m convinced everything tastes better with mushrooms. This recipe looks fabulous! :)


Amanda (Eating Up) February 23, 2011 at 5:32 am

Love the new header Jenna!


sofia February 23, 2011 at 5:35 am

oooh, mushroom gravy. this looks simply perfect, especially atop a burger of sorts – meat for the boy, turkey for me. dinner, done!


Beth February 23, 2011 at 5:36 am

Oh yes ma’am. This is going with dinner tonight. Thanks Jenna!


cait February 23, 2011 at 5:37 am

wow i LOVE mashed potatoes! xxo yum yum!!


megan @ whatmegansmaking February 23, 2011 at 5:38 am

I love mushroom gravy! I’ve been addicted to mushrooms recently. I just made a creamy mushroom soup that I couldn’t get enough of! This looks so simple and wonderful :)


Hannah (Culture Connoisseur) February 23, 2011 at 5:38 am

Oh. My. Gosh. This is by far the best recipe I’ve found all week. It WILL be on my menu next week.
Potatoes + Gravy= AMAZING.
Potatoes + Mushroom Gravy= a God send.


Megan February 23, 2011 at 5:44 am

I’m really going to need to make this. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

In other news, the ABCs of me have been floating around the blog world and I thought you might enjoy joining in. I did it on my blog here:
It’s pretty fun!


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 23, 2011 at 5:50 am

Here I am patiently waiting for Spring to come and you bring us all the way back to Thanksgiving :)


Krystina (Organically Me) February 23, 2011 at 5:56 am

I’m not usually a mashed potato girl, but when a craving kicks in, I need them STAT. A nice, fluffy bowl of mashed potatoes sounds mighty good about now, actually. Too bad it’s breakfast time.


Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes February 23, 2011 at 6:08 am

I love that this reminds me of my childhood (mashed taters), but also takes it up a level with the grown-up mushroom gravy! Or, at least I never would have eaten mushrooms as a kid, so it’s grown-up to me :)


Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 23, 2011 at 6:12 am

Looks great!! I’m glad that you were able to overcome your mashed potato issues! lol


Current Instincts February 23, 2011 at 6:17 am

Definitely going to have to try this one. It combines two of my favorite things!


Kristen @ Change of Pace February 23, 2011 at 6:25 am

You’re killing me girl! Pulled pork… Cake… Now mashed taters?!


Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy February 23, 2011 at 6:32 am

Mmmm…mushroom gravy. I may have to make this just for myself since my husband won’t eat mushrooms!!


Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] February 23, 2011 at 6:41 am

A classic! Love it Jenna


Jessica @ How Sweet February 23, 2011 at 6:50 am

Comfort food at it’s finest!


Michelle February 23, 2011 at 6:52 am

Something for the vegetarians, yay!


Jen @ keepitsimplefoods February 23, 2011 at 6:56 am

Love that this is veggie friendly! Hurray!


Marina February 23, 2011 at 7:23 am

Even though I’m not crazy for potatoes, I like soft mashed potatoes, and with this gravy, I think I would be amazed :)


cathyb.@brightbakes February 23, 2011 at 7:27 am

Mmmmm…I love mushroom gravy…another great addition? Add a Tablespoon or two of whiskey to deglaze the pan after sauteeing the onions mushrooms…heaven.
cathy b.


Ellie @ The Mommyist February 23, 2011 at 7:46 am

I love mushroom gravy. If you put it in the blender to even out the consistency you can even get a picky toddler to eat it.


Heather February 23, 2011 at 7:59 am

A mushroom isn’t a vegetable though, they are a fungi! :) But they are good for you.


Lee @ RealLeeRunning February 23, 2011 at 8:12 am

Yum! I love mushrooms…and mashed taters! This is def. on my radar for this week or weekend.


notyet100 February 23, 2011 at 8:14 am

ummm luv the combo,..


Moni'sMeals February 23, 2011 at 8:15 am

oh wow! great dish!


Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day February 23, 2011 at 8:17 am

Best comfort food ever!


megan @ blackberries for jam February 23, 2011 at 8:20 am

I love mushrooms so much I think I could eat mushroom gravy soup. Would that be weird?


Katherine: Unemployed February 23, 2011 at 8:49 am

it’s been so long since I’ve had gravy. this is awesome for mushroom lovers like me


Natalia - a side of simple February 23, 2011 at 9:02 am

I’m not a fan of mushrooms or mashed potatoes, but I do love some gravy on french fries!! Maybe it’s a college thing?


kaila @ healthy helper! February 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

wow that looks really delicious! I love mushroom sauces….especially chicken marsala with mushrooms! Yum! But this sauce looks just as good…I’ll have to try it over my favorite type of mashed potatoes….baby reds with the skin on!


Amber K February 23, 2011 at 9:14 am

Thanks for the inspiration! I’m now off to search meatless and mushroom-less gravy recipes. I love the idea of the sauce for mashed potatoes, but it’d probably be good to find one I like the taste of :)


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 23, 2011 at 9:46 am

Believe it or not, I’ve NEVER had mushroom gravy. That needs to change.

By the way, I like the new header!


Maria February 23, 2011 at 9:47 am

My kind of comfort food!


Alison @ Hospitality Haven February 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

Yum! I love a good gravy recipe, and this sounds fabulous!!!


The Rounded Teaspoon February 23, 2011 at 10:22 am

This is a must-make. Thank you!


gia February 23, 2011 at 10:38 am

it would be great with a small steak too!!!!!!!!!


jenn @ groundswellministries February 23, 2011 at 11:01 am

if you’re battling paste-ish potatoes, if you beat/mash russet potatoes too long, they will get paste-y. if, however, you use yukon golds instead, you can beat them until the end of time and they will stay creamy and not get paste-y. i have made too many batches of paste-y russets and only go gold these days.


jenn @ groundswell ministries February 23, 2011 at 11:02 am

“beating”, meaning using an electric hand mixer to mash the potatoes


Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) February 23, 2011 at 11:10 am

We had mashed taters n gravy last night for dinner! Yummmm, I also just ate the leftovers for lunch. Comfort food is awesome :)


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Week of comfort food? I am so in :)

I rarely make mashed potatoes…my hubs would be in heaven if I did. Seriously, they are his type of comfort food.

These look fabulous!


mary (what's cookin' with mary) February 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm

As a matter of fact… I have noticed. :)

My German nanny taught me how to make the best mashed taters when I was a kid. She always made them the best! Her recipe is very similar to yours. I love the mushroom gravy though!?


Rebecca February 23, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I don’t care for mashed potatoes, but I absolutely love your new header!


Lisa February 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Oh. my. lord. Looks wondeful!


Jenny February 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I need comfort food, now.


Baking 'n' Books February 23, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Kinda sorta addicted to mushrooms…and potatoes…so

eek – “groo-a-vvvvy”



Corina February 23, 2011 at 2:49 pm

mmm, This is perfect comfort food. I love mashed potato with sauces. Mushroom gravy is also great with a roast dinner.


britt February 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

i’m SO making this tonight! i’m thinking that gravy will go great with some pork chops for the hubby too! definitely a comfort food kind of night here in dallas.


Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher February 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm

j, sorry to bust da bubble…but potatoes aren’t vegetables and neither are mushrooms i don’t think. i’m sorry.


Jess February 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Ummm…mushrooms are veggies and so are potatoes…. No idea what makes you think they aren’t


HilJo August 4, 2011 at 4:12 pm

haha this has been driving me crazy for months :)

Mushrooms are a fungus, not a vegetable, potatoes ARE a vegetable, a tuber.

Okay. Phew.

I made this tonight, ate it with corn on the cob, green beans and watermelon…DELICIOUS! :)


Jess February 23, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I’ve mastered the perfect mashed potatoes. The last batch didn’t even make it on to a plate, I just ate them from the bowl. With a wooden spoon.

I peel and boil however many potatoes I need and then add marg or butter 1T at a time until I get the desired texture. It usually takes 2-3T. Season with salt and pepper. No milk, it makes them too runny!


jenna February 23, 2011 at 7:37 pm

great tips! :)


Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef February 23, 2011 at 6:15 pm

ummm so i don’t like regular gravy (i know) but this gravy sounds wonderful!


Rachel @ Healthy Teacher February 23, 2011 at 8:19 pm



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