Bring potatoes and cold water to cover to a boil in a large Dutch oven; boil 25 minutes or until tender. Drain; peel, if desired.
Beat potatoes at low speed with an electric mixer just until mashed. Add 1/4 cup butter, salt, and pepper, beating until butter is melted. Gradually add cream, beating just until smooth. Serve immediately. Garnish, if desired.
This is the perfect recipe for mashed potatoes. The proportions of ingredients are exactly right. You can use whipping cream or Half & Half - either way is delicious! You can use white pepper rather than black pepper if you prefer.
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