Perfect Mashed Potatoes

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 5 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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2 pounds medium russet potatoes

Kosher salt

1/2 to 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup whole milk, warmed

Freshly ground pepper


  1. Put the potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough cold water to cover. Season with salt and bring to a simmer; cook, uncovered, until the potatoes are fork-tender, about 45 minutes.
  2. Drain the potatoes. Hold with an oven mitt or kitchen towel and peel off the skins, then transfer the potatoes to a bowl.
  3. Add the butter and warm milk to the bowl and mash with a potato masher or fork (or pass the potatoes through a ricer or food mill for a smoother mash). Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Plan on 1/3 to 1/2 pound potatoes per person for your feast.