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    Basic Mashed Potatoes

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    35 mins

    10 mins

    25 mins

    Hadice's Note:

    You can use any kind of potato in this recipe. I personally prefer russet potatoes. This recipe is from The Best of Casual American Cooking. I have also altered it by using evaporated milk instead of half and half. There is a little bit of extra effort involved in this recipe, but well worth it.

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    1. 1
      In a large bowl, combine the potato pieces with water to cover and let stand for 5 minutes to remove excess starch, then drain.
    2. 2
      Bring a large sauce-pan 3/4 full of water to a boil.
    3. 3
      Add the 1 1/2 teaspoon salt and the potatoes and return to a boil until tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes.
    4. 4
      Drain well and return to the empty pan.
    5. 5
      Place the pan over high heat and, turning the potatoes to prevent scorching, heat to evaporate the moisture, 1-2 minutes.
    6. 6
      Remove from the heat.
    7. 7
      Using a potato masher, mash until potatoes are almost smooth.
    8. 8
      Add the butter, mash, and the half-and-half, a little at a time, switching to a spoon when the potatoes are smooth.
    9. 9
      The potatoes should be creamy but not soupy.
    10. 10
      Season to taste with salt and white pepper, transfer to a warmed serving dish and serve immediately.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 29, 2011


      Great and simple, as stated! I used fat free evaporated milk and did not peel the potatoes first. Thanks for sharing! Veg*n Swap 37

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    • on March 07, 2007


      I gave this 5 stars. My family loves mashed potatoes. I make mine very close to this except I use milk and black pepper. Thanks for posting a comfort recipe! Christine (internetnut)

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    • on January 28, 2006


      You can never go wrong with potatoes. It is one of my favorite foods. I made it exactly like stated and it was delicious. Yummmm!!!!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Basic Mashed Potatoes

    Serving Size: 1 (286 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 346.7
    Calories from Fat 140
    Total Fat 15.6 g
    Saturated Fat 9.7 g
    Cholesterol 43.8 mg
    Sodium 1146.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 47.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.5 g
    Sugars 2.0 g
    Protein 5.6 g

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