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Easy Homemade Mashed Potatoes

Easy Homemade Mashed Potatoes
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Ingredients 5
  • Servings 10

Enjoy a classic all-time favorite - smooth and creamy mashed potatoes make the perfect side dish for any meal. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

8
to 10 medium russet potatoes (about 3 lb.), peeled, cut into quarters
1
teaspoon salt
2
tablespoons butter, if desired
Dash pepper
1/4
cup hot milk

Steps

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  • 1
    Place potatoes in large saucepan; add enough water to cover. Add 3/4 teaspoon of the salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover loosely and boil gently for 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes break apart easily when pierced with fork. Drain well.
  • 2
    Return potatoes to saucepan; shake saucepan gently over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes to evaporate any excess moisture.
  • 3
    Mash potatoes with potato masher until no lumps remain. Add margarine, pepper and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; continue mashing, gradually adding enough milk to make potatoes smooth and creamy.
 

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/10 of Recipe
Calories
140
Calories from Fat
25
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3g
5%
Saturated Fat
1g
5%
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
250mg
10%
Total Carbohydrate
25g
8%
Dietary Fiber
2g
8%
Sugars
1g
Protein
3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
20%
20%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
2%
2%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • Made with only four ingredients (that are probably already in your pantry!), this homemade mashed potatoes recipe is the only one you need. It’s the perfect recipe for weeknight dinners or big parties—it serves 10, but can easily be doubled for an even bigger crowd. You’ll notice that this recipe calls for russet potatoes. That’s because russets are the traditional go-to for mashed potatoes—they are quite starchy, and easily fall apart during the cooking process, which is exactly what you want for easy mashing later. Other potato varieties like red potatoes are sturdier and hold their shape quite well after cooking, which makes them a better options for recipes like oven-roasted potatoes. Want more tips for how to make the perfect batch of mashed potatoes? We have all of the answers to your tater questions here. And once you’ve mastered the basic recipe, try these tasty twists!

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