Classic Mashed Potatoes

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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2 1/2 pounds russet potatoes (about 5), peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks

Kosher salt

1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1 cup half-and-half, plus more if needed

Freshly ground pepper


  1. Put the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water by 1 inch; season with salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Return the pot to low heat. Add the butter and half-and-half. Using a ricer or food mill, press the potatoes into the pot. (You can also use a potato masher, though the potatoes will be slightly chunkier.) Season with 2 teaspoons salt and a generous amount of pepper and stir until smooth.