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How to Make Mashed Potatoes

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How to Make Mashed Potatoes

How to Make Mashed Potatoes

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How to make mashed potatoes, a simple recipe and technique for delicious mashed potatoes, using a mixer on low speed or a hand-held potato masher.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 30 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Peel about 2 pounds of baking potatoes, put them in a large saucepan and cover with water. Add about 1 teaspoon of salt to the water. Bring the water to a boil, cover the pan, and boil gently for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork-tender.
  2. Begin to mash the potatoes with 4 tablespoons of butter, using a hand-held potato masher.
  3. Using a hand-held potato masher or a hand-held electric mixer on the lowest speed, beat or mash the potatoes. Add about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of milk or light cream, slowly beating or mashing until you have a smooth and fluffy consistency.
  4. Stir salt and pepper into the mashed potatoes, to taste.
  5. Pile the mashed potatoes into a serving dish and enjoy!
  6. Also see this in step-by-step photos:

    Step-by-Step: How to Make Mashed Potatoes

What You Need

  • Large Saucepan
  • Potato Masher or Hand-Held Electric Mixer
  • Measuring Cup
  • Serving Dish
  • Serving Spoon
  • 2 pounds potatoes
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt and a little pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup milk or light cream

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