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Mashed Potatoes Recipe


©2008 Jessica Harlan licensed to About.com, Inc.
These classic mashed potatoes are silky-smooth, thanks to the use of a potato ricer. Serve them as a base for a stew like Beef & Guinness Stew, or as a satisfying side dish for any meal.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 1/2 pounds potatoes, about 4 large, peeled and cut into one-inch cubes
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Add potatoes to a large pot of water, bring to a boil over high heat. Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until potatoes can be easily mashed with a fork.

  2. Remove from heat, strain. Puree potatoes with a potato ricer and transfer back into the cooking pot.

  3. Add milk and butter, stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serves 6.

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