How to Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes

However you enjoy your potatoes, homemade versions will always be the best. Follow these 5 simple steps to achieve the warm, buttery, creamy goodness that is Perfect Mashed Potatoes from Southern Living's Home Cooking Basics.

  • Perfect Mashed Potatoes
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    Perfect Mashed Potatoes

    Yukon gold potatoes yield a texture that's just right for holding a pool of flavorful gravy or melted butter.
  • Bring to a Boil
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    Bring to a Boil

    Bring cubed potatoes, 1 tsp. salt, and cold water to cover to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Cook Potatoes
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    Cook Potatoes

    Cook potatoes 16 to 20 minutes or until fork-tender. (A fork is easily inserted through the center of the potato without having to use force.)
  • Drain Potatoes
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    Drain Potatoes

    Drain potatoes. Return potatoes to Dutch oven. Cook until water evaporates and potatoes look dry. Move potatoes to one side of pan. Add butter, half-and-half, cream cheese, pepper, and remaining salt to other side of pan. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until butter is melted.
  • Mash Potatoes
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    Mash Potatoes

    Mash potatoes with a potato masher or hand-held electric mixer to desired degree of smoothness.
  • Alternative Way to Mash
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    Alternative Way to Mash

    If you prefer, you may also use a potato ricer for super creamy mashed potatoes.
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