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Basic Mashed Potatoes

An easy foolproof recipe for the richest, creamiest, most buttery and flavorful potatoes you’ve ever eaten. A little tip, double up on the recipe because these go fast.

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mashed potatoes, potatoes, side dish, simple recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 241kcal
Author: Robin | Fluster Buster


  • 2 pounds potatoes peeled and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 cup milk warmed
  • 1 tablespoon salt


  • In a large pot, add potatoes and cover with cold water, an inch above the potatoes. Stir in 1 tablespoon of salt, cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once it begins to boil, reduce heat and remove the lid. Simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until fork tender.
  • About 10 minutes before the potatoes are done, melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add milk and simmer until warm.
  • Drain potatoes using a colander, then transfer to a mixing bowl. Using a potato masher or an electric mixer, mash down the potatoes.
  • Slowly mix the warmed milk into the potatoes, and continue mixing until you reach your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper before serving


Calories: 241kcal