Recipe courtesy of Sally Schnieder

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 50 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

1 1/4 pounds thin-skinned potatoes, such as yellow finns or yukon golds, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks if large

1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus 1/2 teaspoon

3/4 cup buttermilk, warmed (not hot)

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Place the potatoes and 1 teaspoon of the salt in a medium saucepan, add enough water to cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to moderate and simmer until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, about 45 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking water.
  2. Return the potatoes to the pan and set over low heat, uncovered, for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, to let the potatoes dry out a little (too much moisture will dilute their flavor). For the smoothest potatoes, pass them through a food mill. For a slightly coarser puree, mash with a potato masher or fork or use a hand mixer.
  3. Beat the buttermilk into the potatoes with a wooden spoon until thoroughly incorporated. If you prefer even creamier potatoes, add a little of the reserved cooking liquid. Beat in the butter, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and plenty of pepper.
  4. Serve at once, or keep the potatoes warm, covered, in a double boiler over hot water for up to 1 hour.

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