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Basic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes | My Basic Recipe

Do you have a favorite side dish? If I had to name just one, mashed potatoes would likely be the winner or very close to the top. These go great with literally anything, agree? And the best part about mashed potatoes? They are SO EASY to prepare, especially when you use a simple recipe like the one I'm about to show you today.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine International
Servings 8 servings
Calories 239 kcal


  • 1.5 kg of Russet or Yellow potatoes
  • 85 g of butter
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • Salt to taste


  • Peel and cut the potatoes into small pieces. Some recipes advise boiling whole potatoes, but smaller pieces cook faster and more evenly.
  • Once the potatoes are tender enough to be broken by a fork, it's time to drain them. This should take about 20 minutes of simmering.
  • Add butter while the potatoes are still hot so it melts quickly. Pour in part of the milk and start mashing with a hand masher.
  • Season the mashed potatoes with salt, you will need about 1 teaspoon for this amount of potatoes.
  • Keep adding milk in batches and continue mashing. You can use a hand masher from start to finish or grab a hand mixer to make your life easier. When using a mixer, the final texture will be fluffier, creamier and smoother. Never use a hand blender, this would turn your mashed potatoes into glue.
  • Give your mashed potatoes a taste and add more salt if needed. Once you are happy with the taste and texture, your mashed potatoes are ready to be served.


Calories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 5gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 91mgPotassium: 838mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 319IUVitamin C: 37mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Mashed Potatoes, Potato Mash
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