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Creamy Mashed Potatoes

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Adjust Servings:
2 pounds (about 1 kg) (such as Russet or Yukon Gold) Potatoes
4 tablespoons (about 56g), softened Unsalted butter
1/2 to 1 cup (120ml to 240ml) Milk or cream
To taste Salt
To taste Pepper

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Creamy Mashed Potatoes

  • Serves 4
  • Easy



  1. Prepare the Potatoes:
    • Peel the potatoes and cut them into chunks of roughly equal size. This helps them cook evenly.
  2. Boil the Potatoes:
    • Place the potato chunks in a large pot and cover them with cold water.
    • Add a generous pinch of salt to the water.
    • Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium and let the potatoes simmer until they are fork-tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Drain and Dry:
    • Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them well in a colander.
    • Return the potatoes to the pot and let them sit over low heat for about 1-2 minutes, shaking the pot occasionally to evaporate any excess moisture. This step helps ensure your mashed potatoes aren’t watery.
  4. Mash the Potatoes:
    • Using a potato masher or a potato ricer, mash the potatoes until they reach your desired consistency. Some people prefer smooth mashed potatoes, while others like them a bit chunkier.
  5. Add Butter and Milk/Cream:
    • Add the softened butter to the mashed potatoes and mix until the butter is fully incorporated.
    • Gradually pour in the milk or cream while continuing to mash the potatoes until they reach the desired creaminess. The amount of milk/cream you use will depend on your preference for the consistency of the mashed potatoes. Start with 1/2 cup and add more as needed.
    • Season the mashed potatoes with salt and pepper to taste, and mix well.
  6. Serve:
    • Transfer the mashed potatoes to a serving dish and garnish with additional butter or chopped herbs if desired.
    • Serve hot as a side dish with your favorite main course.

Enjoy your creamy mashed potatoes!

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