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basic mashed potatoes

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Karen Feinen
Rochester, NY

Just the basics! Potatoes make such a versatile base with which to experiment. Try adding any combination of the following: chives, chopped bacon, sour cream, onion or garlic powder, cheddar, or Parmesan cheese.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Having a basic mashed potatoes recipe on hand for your holiday meal is a necessity and this recipe is a delicious one. The mashed potatoes are creamy with just the right amount of butter and milk to make this a rich side dish. Karen gives suggestions of add-ins (like bacon, chives, or cheese) that can easily be done to suit your preferences.

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★★★★★ 1
serves 4
prep time 5 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For basic mashed potatoes

  • 2 lb
    baking or all-purpose potatoes (peeled or not)
  • 3/4 c
  • 3/4 c
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp

How To Make basic mashed potatoes

  • Potatoes covered with water in a pot.
    Cook potatoes in water to cover 25 to 30 minutes until tender.
  • Potatoes drained, mashed and milk, butter, salt, and pepper added.
    Drain and mash with milk, butter, salt, and pepper. Reheat if necessary before serving.