10 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

Chef John des Rosiers cuts potatoes into thin, uniform pieces so they'll cook quickly and evenly. We've called for a potato masher (which most people have in their kitchens), but for the fluffiest, most finely textured potatoes, use a ricer, as des Rosiers does in the photo above.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cut each potato lengthwise into quarters; cut each quarter crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick pieces. Place potatoes in a Dutch oven; cover with warm water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until just tender.

Step 2

Drain potatoes; let stand 5 minutes. Return potatoes to pan. Add half-and-half and remaining ingredients; mash with a potato masher until desired consistency.

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