Basic Mashed Potatoes

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Basic Mashed Potatoes

Nothing can take the place of basic mashed potatoes. So simple yet so versatile.

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  • 5 - 6 ServingsServings


  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup half & half or non-dairy substitute
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Put potatoes in a large pot, adding enough cold water to cover them by an inch or so.

2. Add salt and bring the water to a boil, cooking until potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife, about 15 minutes.

3. Drain potatoes and return to the pot.

4. Cook drained potatoes over low heat for a couple of minutes to evaporate some of the water still in the potato.

5. Mash by method of your choice. (Potato rice is one suggestion.) 

6. Blend in butter, half & half, and any other ingredients you prefer.
Season with salt and pepper.