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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.
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings


  • 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.
Keyword mashed, potatoes, thanksgiving