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How to Make Mashed Potatoes

Get all the tricks you'll need to master mashed potatoes for your next meal.

What elevates mashed potatoes from fine to fantastic? A few simple steps and the addition of sour cream.

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1 Gather the Ingredients

Here are your key players: 1 1/2 pounds of Yukon gold potatoes, 1/2 cup of milk, two tablespoons of sour cream, three tablespoons of butter and plenty of salt and pepper.

Go for potatoes with a medium starch content -- like Yukon Golds. They have more moisture and don't fall apart like high-starch potatoes.

2 Prep the Potatoes

Peel the potatoes, then rinse. Cut each potato into quarters. Make sure the pieces are equally sized so they cook evenly.

3 Boil the Potatoes

Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Boil on high for 15-20 minutes, or until done. 

You'll know the potatoes are done when you can poke them easily with a fork.

4 Mash the Potatoes

Drain the water and place the potatoes in a mixing bowl. Add the milk, sour cream and butter. Mix with an electric mixer until potatoes are smooth and creamy; adding more milk, if necessary. Don't over mix — that makes the potatoes gluey.

If using a potato masher, mash potatoes first, then use a strong spoon to beat them further.

Add in 1-2 cloves of grated or minced garlic before mashing. Or add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese to give them a cheesy kick.

5 Season & Enjoy!

Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Try topping your mashed potatoes with a pat of butter, parsley, chives or paprika.

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