This is my favorite make-ahead mashed potato recipe, adapted from Southern Living. In fact, it's my favorite mashed potato recipe of all that I've tried. It presents beautifully and can stand alone without gravy or further butter. (And it doubles nicely.) Enjoy!
- Bring the potatoes, 2 teaspoons salt, and water to a boil. While waiting for the potatoes to come to a boil, melt butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly for 6-8 minutes or just until butter begins to turn golden brown. Immediately remove pan from heat, and pour butter into a small bowl as butter will continue to get darker if it's left in the saucepan. From the small bowl, remove and reserve 2 tablespoons of the browned butter. Set aside to refrigerate for later use.
- Boil potatoes 20 minutes or until tender. Drain. Reduce heat to low and return potatoes to the pan; cook, stirring occasionally, 3-5 minutes or until potatoes are dry.
- Mash potatoes. Stir in browned butter from the small bowl (meaning all but the 2 tablespoons); buttermilk, milk, pepper, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt, stirring just until blended.
- Place potatoes in a lightly greased ovenproof serving dish. Cover and chill up to 2 days. When ready to cook, let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Bake uncovered at 350 for 40 minutes or until thorougly heated. (It took about 60 minutes when I doubled the recipe.) Microwave 2 tablespoons reserved brown butter to melt it; drizzle over potatoes.