The best mashed potatoes. Really, what does that mean? So, for me… I just love everything about a more rustic course of action. But I have friends that are just the opposite; they prefer a smoother, creamier consistency. So my best is certainly not theirs and it seems, like many choices that are so personally subjective, the truth is that the whole notion of the best mashed potatoes is really about what is best for you. Peeled or not peeled. High starch or not. Butter or not. Sour cream, bacon, or none of that nonsense… I think in the long run, it's impossible to define one recipe for mashed potatoes as the best; it's all about personal preference.