Basic Mashed Potatoes
This recipe is best made with fresh potatoes. Canned potatoes can be a little gummy and don't work as well, so fresh is best.
- 5 lb russet potatoes peeled and cut into 1" cubes
- 1 stick butter
- 1 cup milk or to desired consistency
- salt and pepper to taste
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 25 minutes; drain.
Put a stick of butter into your stand mixer bowl (or a large bowl if you aren't using a stand mixer), then dump the potatoes on top of it, covering the whole stick of butter. Wait 5 minutes for the butter to melt.
Using the paddle attachment (or a hand mixer), mix your potatoes with the butter, allowing the paddle (or beaters) to break down the cooked potatoes while it mixes in the butter, about 1-2 minutes. Do not over-mix.
Add milk to the desired consistency.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.