Basic Mashed Potatoes

Basic Mashed Potatoes

Background and History

Delight in the simplicity and timeless appeal of Basic Mashed Potatoes, a dish that transcends culinary trends to become a cornerstone of comfort food. Rooted in the rich history of traditional cooking, this guide celebrates the humble yet versatile potato, transforming it into a velvety, indulgent side that complements a myriad of meals.


4 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 cup whole milk, warmed

Salt and pepper to taste

Chopped chives or parsley for garnish (optional)




Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes


Boil Potatoes

Place potato chunks in a large pot of salted water. Boil until fork-tender, approximately 15-20 minutes.

Drain and Mash

Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Mash them with a potato masher or use a potato ricer for a smoother texture.

Add Butter

Add unsalted butter to the mashed potatoes. Mix until the butter is melted and well incorporated.

Gradually Add Milk

Gradually add warmed whole milk to the potatoes while stirring continuously. Adjust the amount of milk to achieve your desired creamy consistency.


Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.

Garnish (Optional)

Garnish with chopped chives or parsley for a burst of freshness.


Serve the Basic Mashed Potatoes hot as a delightful side dish.

Nutrition Facts

(Per Serving)

Calories: 300

Protein: 4g

Fat: 15g

Carbohydrates: 40g

Fiber: 4g


Experiment with variations like adding roasted garlic or grated cheese for additional flavor.

Adjust milk quantity based on personal preference for creaminess.

Allergy Warning

Check for potential allergens in butter and milk. Adapt the recipe to accommodate specific dietary restrictions.

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