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Perfect Mashed Potatoes
Ready Time: 40min
Prep Time: 20min
Cook Time: 20min
Are you on the lookout for the best recipe for traditional Thanksgiving mashed potatoes? Look no further!
1 1/3 lbs. (4 medium)
russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch chunks 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1/4 to 2/3 cup hot milk or cream
Prep Time: 20min | Cook Time: 20min
In large saucepan, combine 5 cups water, potatoes and 1 teaspoon 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.
Return to saucepan; heat over medium-low heat 1 to 2 minutes to dry potatoes, stirring occasionally.
In saucepan, mash potatoes with potato masher or fork, or beat with electric hand mixer until chunky.
Stir in butter, remaining 1/4 teaspoon 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.
Amount of milk needed will vary with type of potatoes used and personal preference.
Mashed potatoes are best served right away. If made ahead, keep potatoes hot in saucepan or heatproof bowl set over pot with barely simmering water. Cover potatoes loosely.
Nutritionals are per serving.
For additional ideas, see our
How to Make Mashed Potatoes page.
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