Perfect Mashed Potatoes

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Yields: 4 servings

Follow this simple recipe to make mashed potatoes just right.


  • 1 1/3 lbs (4 medium) potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt, divided
  • 2 tbsp butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/4 to 2/3 cup hot milk or cream


1) In large saucepan, combine 5 cups water, potatoes and 1 tsp of the salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork. Drain potatoes thoroughly in colander.

2) Return potatoes to saucepan; heat over medium-low heat 1 to 2 minutes to dry potatoes, stirring occasionally.

3) In saucepan, mash potatoes with potato masher or fork, or beat with electric hand mixer until chunky. Stir in butter, remaining 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 cup of the hot milk. Add additional milk, a little at a time, if necessary, for desired consistency.

Season to taste with additional salt, if desired. Serve immediately.



Adapted from Potato Goodness Unearthed

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