Recipe: Classic Mashed Potatoes with Milk and Butter

Classic Mashed Potatoes
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This classic mashed potatoes recipes can stand on its own or use it as a base for other variations.

2 pounds potatoes (about 6 medium)
1/3 to ½ cup milk
¼ cup margarine or butter, softened
½ tsp. salt
Dash of pepper
Paprika and watercress (for garnish if desired)


  1. Prepare potatoes – wash, remove eyes, leave skins on, cut into large pieces.
  2. Boil potatoes – heat 1” salted water (1/2 tsp. salt to 1 cup water) to boiling. Add potatoes, cover and heat to boiling. Reduce heat. Boil until tender, 20-25 minutes. Drain.
  3. Return potatoes to pan, shake pan gently over low heat to dry potatoes.
  4. Mash potatoes until no lumps remain.
  5. Beat in milk in small amounts.
  6. Add margarine (or butter), salt and pepper, beat vigorously until potatoes are light and fluffy.
  7. To garnish, dot with margarine or sprinkle with paprika or chives, if desired.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • Consider using white pepper to avoid the look of black specs in your mashed potatoes.

Yield: 10 servings

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2 thoughts on “Recipe: Classic Mashed Potatoes with Milk and Butter

  1. Joanna March 14, 2014 / 2:01 am

    Mmmmm, potatoes…


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