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How to Make Mashed Potatoes

If you love the taste of creamy, homemade mashed potatoes, but have trouble making them yourself, then you're in luck 'cause we're here to show you just how easy it is to make the perfect mashed potatoes! With just a few basic ingredients you can whip up restaurant-worthy mashed potatoes that your whole gang will love. And once you've got the basics down you can easily experiment with tasty add-ins or different kinds of potatoes!

How to Make Mashed Potatoes

  1. Peel a good amount of potatoes (about 1/2 pound per person) and cut them into 1 to 2-inch chunks. Make sure all your chunks are about the same size, so they'll cook evenly.
  2. Place your cut potatoes into a pot with just enough cold water to cover 'em. Place the lid on the pot and set it on the stove.
  3. Let your potatoes come to a boil. Once they come to a boil, reduce heat to low and let them simmer until they're fork tender.
  4. Drain your pot and put your potatoes back on the stove for 1 to 2 minutes, or until all the water has evaporated.
  5. Place your potatoes into a bowl with some butter, a splash of milk, and a bit of salt and pepper. You can mash 'em with an old-fashioned potato masher or beat 'em with an electric mixer (just be sure not to overdo it, or your potatoes will get starchy!).
  6. Your mashed potatoes are done! You can enjoy as-is, or add in some sour cream, cream cheese, or buttermilk if you like your mashed potatoes extra-creamy.
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Everybody loves my homemade mashed potatoes and I always used an electric mixer but first I smash them up with butter, so that way there is very little mixing with a blender because they will indeed get starchy and gluey. But now in my retirement years, I'm tired of peeling potatoes. So unless my family starts lining up to peel potatoes, I'm going to switch to smashed potatoes and leave the skins on. If potato salad can be rustic with skins on, so can mashed potatoes! LOL

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