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Mashed Potatoes Recipe


Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Basic mashed potatoes recipe.

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Basic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Here's a basic recipe for mashed potatoes. As I've written before, the key to good mashed potatoes is making sure the potatoes are dry before you mash them, and not over-whipping them. You can read more about why here: How to Make Mashed Potatoes. But if all you want is the recipe, read on.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 4 lbs Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 cup whole milk, hot
  • ½ cup whipping cream, hot
  • 3 oz. whole butter, softened at room temperature
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper, to taste


  1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into quarters.

  2. Boil a pot of salted water, and add the potatoes. Tip: Only boil as much water as you need to cover the potatoes.

  3. Simmer the potatoes for about 15 minutes or until they are fork tender. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 300°F.

  4. Drain the potatoes thoroughly in a metal colander, shaking out any extra water.

  5. Set the colander on a sheet pan and transfer it to the hot oven. Let the potatoes steam dry for 3 to 4 minutes.

  6. Next, remove the dry potatoes and either mash with a potato masher or use a potato ricer or food mill.

  7. Gently stir in the softened butter and the hot cream with a wooden spoon.

  8. Now stir in the hot milk a little at a time until the potatoes have the desired consistency.

  9. Finally, season to taste with the Kosher salt and white pepper, and give the potatoes a quick whip with a hand whisk, but don't overwhip. Serve immediately.

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