Mashed potatoes are a classic. They’re very easy to make. These are a basic, nothing fancy version. It’s really more of a method than a recipe.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Wash the potatoes.
- Peel and chop them.
- Put them in a pan and shake salt over them.
- Add a dollop of butter and cover them with water.
- Bring to a boil and cook until very tender. The butter in the water helps keep them from boiling over on the stove.
- When they’re done (fall apart when poked with a fork), drain them.
- If you have a hand-held mixer, you can mix right in your pan. Otherwise, transfer to the bowl of stand mixer.
- Add more butter to the potatoes and some salt.
- Begin to mix them, adding dribbles of milk as you go. It doesn’t take much milk, so go easy. Taste to be sure you have the right amount of salt.
- If you like your potatoes lump-free, cook them a long time to be sure they’re tender. Then mash them a bit before mixing. I’m not concerned about lumps in my potatoes. I think they’re good that way.