Basic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

basic mashed potatoes recipe

This is a basic mashed potatoes recipe. No frills. Just potatoes. Just how it should be.

basic mashed potatoes recipe
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Basic Mashed Potatoes

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jim


  • 2 pounds baking potatoes (peeled and quartered)
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1/4 pound of butter (optional, but, needed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Add the potatoes to your largest pot and cover with 2 inches of cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are fork tender, about 20-30 minutes.
  • As potatoes cook, add the milk, butter, and salt to a small saucepan and set over very low heat.
  • Once potatoes are cooked, drain and return them to the pot. Using a potato masher or ricer, mash the potatoes. Once mashed to your liking, slowly stir in the milk mixture until smooth and creamy. Serve. Enjoy.


Serving: 4People | Calories: 310kcal

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