How to make Mashed Potato
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Basic Mashed Potato Recipe

The best and most perfect Mashed Potatoes for yourself or to entertain your holiday guests. Follow my simple tips in the post to make the most delicious mashed potatoes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mashed, potato
Servings: 3 Servings
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Helene D'Souza


  • 2 pounds Potatoes
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • to taste Salt
  • to taste Black pepper


  • Peel your potatoes and cut into 1 inch big pieces.
  • Place potato pieces into a pot. Cover with salt water and bring to a boil.
  • Cook your potatoes soft. Test if the potatoes are cooked by poking into them with a knife. The knife should go through like butter.
  • Strain and discard water, take the potatoes back to the pot.
  • Start mashing the potatoes with a masher.
  • Add the butter and milk to the potatoes and continue to mash while the pot is still on a slow heat.
  • Mash as much as you like. Some people like it more chunky.
  • Taste and see if you need to add more salt and season with black pepper.
  • Mix it all well and take from the heat.
  • Serve still warm.



  1. Pick starchy Potatoes for the fluffiest and the best mashed potato
  2. Boil potatoes always in salt water or the potatoes will turn out plain and boring
  3. Use a potato ricer or fork to mash if you don't own a masher
  4. See serving suggestions below


Serving: 263g | Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 1302mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 415IU | Vitamin C: 34.5mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 9.8mg