Everyday Mashed Potatoes

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins

You can make these easy mashed potatoes up to 1 day ahead. Reheat at 350 degrees in a foil-covered baking dish for 10 to 20 minutes.


  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • ¼ cup (½ stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

  • 1 to 1 1/4 cups milk, warmed


  1. In a large pot, cover potatoes by 2 inches with salted water. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer and cook until potatoes are tender, about 12 minutes. Drain thoroughly and return to pot; mash with a fork or potato masher until potatoes reach desired texture.

  2. Over low heat, add butter and stir until melted. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until potatoes are stiff, about 1 minute. Gradually stir in 1 cup milk, adding up to cup more if needed. Season potatoes with salt and pepper.

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