Traditional Mashed Potatoes

Traditional Mashed Potatoes
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Recipe for Traditional Mashed Potatoes. here is a great basic mashed potato recipe from the folks who really know potatoes -- the Idaho Potato Commission.


  • 2 pounds Idaho potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (about 5 cups)
  • 3/4 cup hot milk (1%, 2%, or whole milk)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoons black pepper
  • Optional Add-Ins:
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley or dill


  1. Place potatoes in large pot and add enough water to cover potatoes. Cook 13 to 15 minutes or until very tender. Drain potatoes in colander.
  2. Return cooked potatoes to pot and stir over medium heat, about 1 minute, until excess water has evaporated.
  3. With potato masher, mash in hot milk, butter, salt and pepper. Beat with wooden spoon until potatoes are smooth and creamy. Stir in any optional add-ins, if desired.