Classic Mashed Potatoes

Classic Mashed Potatoes

There's no such thing as too many starchy dishes on the holiday buffet table, right? For many families, Thanksgiving dinner wouldn't be right without mashed potatoes. It seems there is always one family member relegated to the task of whipping them at the last minute — an honorable duty. And there is always someone else leaning over his shoulder making sure he adds a bit more butter. If you want to assign mashed potato duty to a family member, but would like to avoid the last-minute chaos in the kitchen, know that it works perfectly well to cook and mash potatoes up to one hour in advance. They can be kept warm in the top of a double-boiler set over simmering water, or reheated in a microwave oven just before serving. If you use a to do-ahead plan, be sure to add an extra pat of butter, or two!


Peel the potatoes and rinse under cold water. Cut each into quarters and place in a 3- to 4-quart saucepan. Cover with cold water, partially cover the pot, and bring the water to a boil over high heat.

Uncover, add the salt, and reduce the heat so that the water boils gently. Cook until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, about 10-12 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat the milk and butter together until the butter has melted and the mixture is hot but not boiling.

Drain the potatoes and return them to the warm pan over low heat for 1 minute to evaporate any excess water. Use a potato masher, ricer, or food mill to mash the potatoes.

Stir in the milk and butter mixture into the potatoes, a little at a time, until the potatoes are as soft and moist as you like. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately, or keep warm in the top of a double-boiler, or cover and rewarm in a microwave oven.  


Calories per serving:

180 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Sugar Conscious, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 76g 117%
  • Carbs 173g 58%
  • Saturated 47g 237%
  • Fiber 12g 47%
  • Trans 3g
  • Sugars 15g
  • Monounsaturated 19g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 26g 52%
  • Cholesterol 201mg 67%
  • Sodium 2,459mg 102%
  • Calcium 348mg 35%
  • Magnesium 229mg 57%
  • Potassium 4,049mg 116%
  • Iron 8mg 44%
  • Zinc 3mg 23%
  • Phosphorus 674mg 96%
  • Vitamin A 667µg 74%
  • Vitamin C 52mg 86%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 56%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 38%
  • Niacin (B3) 10mg 48%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 160%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 139µg 35%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 16%
  • Vitamin D 4µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 11%
  • Vitamin K 23µg 29%
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