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Perfect Mashed Potatoes

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Potato Type: Russet
Cuisine: American
Prep Method: Boiled

Dish

Side Dish

Prep Time

20 Mins

Cook Time

20 Mins

Serving

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  1. In large saucepan, combine 5 cups water, potatoes and 1 teaspoon of the salt; bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.
  3. Drain potatoes thoroughly in colander.
  4. Return to saucepan; heat over medium-low heat 1 to 2 minutes to dry potatoes, stirring occasionally.
  5. In saucepan, mash potatoes with potato masher or fork, or beat with electric hand mixer until chunky.
  6. 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.
  7. Season to taste with additional salt, if desired.
  8. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • 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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Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories

180

Fat

6g

Sodium

603mg

Cholesterol

18g

Carbohydrates

28g

Fiber

2g

Protein

4g

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