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Herbed Mashed Potatoes

Prepare mashed potatoes, omitting herbs, up to 1 day ahead; refrigerate. Reheat in a bowl set over a pot of simmering water; stir in herbs.

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  • Servings: 8
Herbed Mashed Potatoes

Photography: David Loftus


  • 4 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 3/4 cups half-and-half
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, plus more for garnish


  1. Place potatoes in a large pot; cover with cold water by 1 inch, and add 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until potatoes are tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Drain; return potatoes to pot.

  2. Stir potatoes over medium heat until dry (a film of starch will form on bottom of pot), about 1 minute. Remove from heat.

  3. In a small saucepan, combine half-and-half and butter; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Pour half of hot liquid over potatoes. Mash just until smooth, adding more liquid to reach desired consistency. Stir in parsley and chives; season with salt. Garnish with more herbs.

Reviews (6)

  • laura 20 Jan, 2008

    to Zakas, I have the recipe in Everyday Food, it serves 8.

  • mmsrjs 5 Dec, 2007

    Im from a farm and milk cows, then take the milk to a machine called a seperator which seperated the milk from the cream. Now we have 1 bucket of milk and 1 bucket of cream. Living in town you will have to buy cream and milk in seperate cartoons. Take 1 cup milk and 1 cup cream and mix together thus making "half and half" use it for your recipe and either drink the rest or put in coffee.

  • michellepockrandt 20 Nov, 2007

    Half and Half is creamer used in coffee.

  • LissaLee 18 Nov, 2007

    It's a mixture of half milk and half cream. If your store doesn't carry it in the dairy case, you can substitute equal parts milk and cream.

  • ellenowcooks 18 Nov, 2007

    for those of us cooking these recipies outside the U.S. and Canada, what is "half and half"? =)

  • zakas 11 Nov, 2007

    love recipe but doesnt say how many it feeds

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