Mashed Potatoes So Creamy That They Need No Adornment

Nicole Perry

Don't overcomplicate mashed potatoes - cream, butter, and salt are really all you need to impress even your pickiest relatives this holiday season. Trust us, this pared-down recipe will result in simple, delicious mashed potatoes that are more than worthy of your Thanksgiving table.

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Creamy Mashed Potatoes

From POPSUGAR Food

Notes


I like to keep the skins on the potatoes as it adds texture and flavor, but for a smoother, less rustic mash, peel them before boiling. If using larger potatoes, quarter them, and check for doneness earlier (around the 15-minute mark) checking every few minutes till they're done. This recipe is easily doubled. To make garlic mashed potatoes, add the cloves from one head of roasted garlic.

Ingredients

  1. 1 1/2 pounds small yukon gold potatoes, scrubbed clean and halved
    3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cream (or more to taste)
    About 1 teaspoon kosher salt, to taste
    Freshly cracked black pepper



Directions

  1. Fill a 6+-quart capacity stockpot with water, and bring to a boil. Add the potatoes, and boil for about 20 minutes, or until potatoes can easily be pierced with a fork.
  2. Drain the water from the potatoes, and add them to the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the butter, cream, salt, and pepper, and beat, using the paddle attachment, until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  3. Adjust to taste with salt and cream.

Information

Yield Serves 4