Real Mashed Potatoes

It always amazes me to hear from people who have never made real mashed potatoes. Some of them only grew up on the instant version. Other’s had them for holidays, but never tried to make a batch of their own. Making mashed potatoes from scratch, using real potatoes is a lot easier than you may think. You don’t need a lot of fancy ingredients. Keep it simple with potatoes, milk, butter, and a bit of salt and pepper. I walk you through the entire process in the recipe below.

These potatoes taste rich and buttery. These are perfect for holiday and company dinners, or for weekday meals with a hearty bean dish as a topping.

Here's how to make real mashed potatoes that come out perfect every time.

Real Mashed Potatoes
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Real Mashed Potatoes


  • 2 pounds of peeled, cubed potatoes (about 6 cups)
  • Water to cover
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Several dashes pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Scrub and peel your potatoes. Chop them into chunks. Place your potato chunks in a pot and cover them with tap water. Boil them over medium-high heat until they are tender, or for about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and drain off the water. Catch the water in a bowl. It can be used to make bread or soup.

In a large bowl or the pot the potatoes cooked in, combine the potatoes, salt, pepper, milk and the butter. Using electric beaters, combine everything until it is light and fluffy. Serve hot. I use an ice cream scoop to measure these potatoes. Two level scoops is 1/2 cup.

Using an electric mixer is the easiest way to make fluffy mashed potatoes. If you don’t have one, don’t fret. Use a potato masher, a large spoon, or even a fork to mash up your potatoes. Using a whisk once you’ve broken down the big lumps works well. It takes a bit more elbow grease, but you end up with light and fluffy “real mashed potatoes” as well.

These potatoes a great way to stretch dinner. I make up a batch when we have a little leftover from a previous meal, or fry up some eggs to go with them for a quick weeknight dinner.

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