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Creamy Classic Mashed Potatoes

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Simple and delicious, a classic recipe for mashed potatoes.
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Keyword classic recipe, easy, how to, how to make mashed potatoes, mashed potatoes, russet potato, Thanksgiving recipe
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Additional Time 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 8 servings
Calories 172
Author Laurie McNamara


  • pounds russet potatoes
  • 1 stick unsalted butter divided
  • 3/4 to 1 cup whole milk as needed
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Scrub, peel the potatoes and place them in a large pot. Cover with enough water, about an inch or two above the potatoes. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium-low and cook until fork tender.
  • Drain off all the water. Reduce the heat to low. Add in 6 tablespoons of butter and the milk to the potatoes, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • With an electric mixer blend until slightly smooth. Add in the salt, pepper and remaining two tablespoons of butter and blend until smooth.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 456mg | Potassium: 859mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 43IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg