Basic mashed potatoes

    35 min

    Potatoes are blended with melted butter and milk to create perfectly smooth mashed potatoes.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 900g baking potatoes, peeled and quartered
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 240ml milk, or as needed
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes; drain.
    2. In a small saucepan heat butter and milk over low heat until butter is melted. Using a potato masher or electric beaters, slowly blend milk mixture into potatoes until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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    Great. I added the milk a little bit at a time, put two little spoons of soft cheese. Lovely.  -  25 Nov 2017


    Perfect mashed potatoes. Heating the milk and butter is a must, I didn't realize what a difference it would make, my potatoes were not gummy and they stayed hot longer.  -  19 May 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Great recipe for "good old fashioned" mashed potatoes! It's straight forward and just plain delicious. The perfect mashed potato for your favorite gravy! I always heat up my milk in the microwave and add it to the potatoes (sometimes use half n half to make them creamier). You just can't go wrong with this classic recipe for comfort food!  -  10 Nov 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)