Must-Have Mashed Potatoes

It's easy to change the flavor of this classic side dish. Simply stir in garlic, smoked cheese, or pesto.

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Makes:
8 servings
Prep:
15 mins
Cook:
20 mins
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Must-Have Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients
1
5 pound bag baking potatoes (such as russet or Yukon gold), peeled, if desired, and quartered
1
tablespoon salt
1/3
cup butter or margarine
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2
cup milk

Directions

  1. In a 6-quart Dutch oven cook potatoes, covered, in enough boiling water to cover and the 1 tablespoon salt for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender; drain. Mash with potato masher or beat with an electric mixer on low speed. Add butter, the 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Gradually beat in enough milk to make mixture light and fluffy. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

From the Test Kitchen

Pesto Mashed Potatoes:

Add 1/3 cup purchased pesto along with the butter.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes:

Add 10 peeled garlic cloves to water while cooking potatoes, and substitute 5 tablespoons olive oil for the butter.

Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes:

Add one 8-ounce carton dairy sour cream with the butter. Stir 1/4 cup snipped fresh chives into potatoes just before serving. Sprinkle with additional snipped fresh chives.

Cheesy Chipotle Potatoes:

Stir 1 cup shredded smoked cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (4 ounces) and 2 tablespoons finely chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce into potatoes just before serving.

Test Kitchen Tip:

Leftovers make great potato pancakes. Stir an egg and a handful of chopped onion into leftover mashed potatoes, form into patties. In a nonstick skillet fry patties in hot butter or cooking oil over medium heat. Serve with applesauce.

Nutrition Facts

(Must-Have Mashed Potatoes)
    Per serving:
  • 342 kcal cal.,
  • 14 g fat
  • (9 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 4 g monounsatured fat),
  • 34 mg chol.,
  • 665 mg sodium,
  • 46 g carb.,
  • 5 g fiber,
  • 6 g sugar,
  • 8 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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