How to Make Mashed Potatoes

There’s more than one “right” way to make this classic comfort food. 

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

How to Make Mashed Potatoes

Experiment with some subtle variations to find your perfect mash.

 

By Sarah Stebbins

Choose Your Ingredients

Russets and Yukon Golds are the most-popular potatoes for mashing — the former have a hearty, somewhat dry consistency, while the latter are silkier and more succulent. Depending on how rich you want the mixture to be, you can stir in milk, half-and-half or heavy cream. Unsalted butter, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper are non-negotiable.

 

 

Prep the Potatoes

Wash and peel the potatoes and cut them into uniform chunks. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold, salted water (it should taste like the sea) by at least 1 inch. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the potatoes fall apart easily when pierced with a fork, about 10 to 20 minutes. Drain in a colander and shake to remove as much water as possible.

Prep the Mixture

In a small saucepan, heat the butter with the milk or cream until the mixture is just shy of boiling. 

Decide the Texture

If you like your potatoes ultra-smooth, pass them through a ricer or food mill fitted with a plate for fine purees, collecting the mash in a large bowl. For a coarser texture, simply pummel the pieces with a potato masher. 

Mash the Potatoes 

As soon as the potatoes are mashed, slowly whisk in enough of the hot butter mixture to make the potatoes very creamy. 

Ready to Eat

Add salt and pepper to taste, then hurry up and eat. Now that you know how to make this delicious side dish, try these recipes for mashed potatoes.

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