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Creamy Leek Mashed Potatoes

Yield Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 3 to 4 large leeks
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk

How to Make It

  1. Bring potatoes, 1 teaspoon salt, and water to cover to a boil in a Dutch oven; boil 20 to 25 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Drain, and keep warm.

  2. Remove root, tough outer leaves, and tops from leeks, leaving 2 inches of dark leaves. Thinly slice leeks; rinse well, and drain.

  3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add leeks, and saute 5 minutes. (Do not brown.)

  4. Mash potatoes with a potato masher; stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup butter, and next 3 ingredients until blended. Stir in leeks.