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Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

Making something as simple as Mashed Potatoes can be difficult unless you know the right potato and method to make it all work.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Other sides
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 178 kcal


  • 2 pounds russet potatoes or Yukon gold; do not use white rose or any waxy potato for this dish. russet potatoes or Yukon gold will give you a nice fluffy mash. If you use the others, you will get glue.
  • 6 tablespoons buttermilk or cream half and half or whole milk. (I like buttermilk, it gives them a nice ting, and is lower in calories and fat.)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Peel and cut the potatoes into chunks. (if you are using a Yukon Gold or Red Potato, you do not need to peel them if you don't want to, but I don't like the russet potato skin, so I ALWAYS peel them) Place into a saucepan large enough to hold them and enough water to cover by 1 ½ inches. Bring to a boil. Boil until the potatoes are very tender. Drain into a colander. Return the potatoes to the pan and shake gently over low heat to dry them out. You want the water to go away so it can be replaced by some yummy butter and milk.

Once the potatoes are dry and look starchy, about 5 minutes; do one of the following:

  • 1. Put the potatoes through a food mill or potato ricer; return to the pan, add the butter, whichever milk you choose, and mix well with a spoon; or
  • 2. Mash with a potato masher in the pan until smooth, then add the butter and milk, using the potato masher, blend until smooth; or 
  • 3. Using an electric mixer, add the butter and milk and beat until smooth, this method works best with the russet potatoes, not so well with Yukon gold.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. Top with a pat of butter, if desired.


Serving: 1gSodium: 193mgFiber: 2gCholesterol: 17mgCalories: 178kcalPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 4gFat: 6gProtein: 4gCarbohydrates: 28g
Keyword buttermilk mashed potato, old-fashion mashed potatoes, russet potato mashed potato
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