Classic Mashed Potatoes

Total Time:
50 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 pounds russet potatoes (4 to 5 medium), peeled and chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) salted butter, cut into pieces, at room temperature
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk, warmed
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for topping
Directions
  • Put the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Season generously with salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until very tender, about 15 minutes.

  • Drain the potatoes and return to the saucepan over low heat; cook until any remaining water evaporates, about 2 minutes. Add all but 1 tablespoon butter; mash with a potato masher until smooth. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, then gradually mash in the milk until creamy. Transfer to a serving dish; top with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and chopped parsley.

  • Photograph by Ryan Dausch


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