Basic Mashed Potatoes

Gail Welch


This is one of the best loved and a basic dish in most families. We just can't seem to get enough mashed or some say "creamed" potatoes. You may serve with additional butter melted on top, cheese, brown or cream gravy. There's nothing fancy about this recipe just plain good.


★★★★★ 2 votes

10 Min
25 Min


  • 6
    large russet potatoes- about 7 cups cut in chunks
  • 8 c
    water to cover
  • 1 tsp
  • 5-6 Tbsp
    butter or margarine
  • 1/2 c
    evaporated milk or milk
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt, to taste
  • dash(es)
    paprika, optional

How to Make Basic Mashed Potatoes


  1. Wash and peel potatoes. Cut into chunks (about 1-inch) and rinse.
  2. Place in large sauce pan and cover with water. Add 1 tsp salt. Bring to a boil and cook until tender-approximately 20-25 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and drain. Add additional 1/2 tsp. salt to taste. Add butter and evaporated milk. Whip with mixer until fluffy. Sprinkle top with paprika, to add color, if desired. Serve warm.

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About Basic Mashed Potatoes

Course/Dish: Potatoes
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids

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