One of the first recipes that my younger son asked about when he moved out was mashed potatoes and, while mashed potatoes are a pretty easy item to make, when you are getting started in the kitchen, you need some sort of guideline so here it is, the simplest mashed potato recipe you will ever find.
If you are worried about the size of the potatoes, don't be. Mashed potatoes are pretty forgiving so the following amounts do not have to be exact. If your potatoes are a bit bigger, you might need a little bit more milk and conversely, if they are a bit smaller, you might add a little bit less milk.
EASY MASHED POTATO RECIPE
3/4 tsp salt (though in our home we cook them without salt)
3 medium-sized potatoes
1-1/2 tbsp butter
1/3 cup milk
In a small pot, boil 3 cups of water and 1/4 tsp salt. Add the potatoes, cover them and cook at a gentle boil. Potatoes do not need to be in hard-boiling water. They'll need to cook for 20 to 30 minutes and you will know they are done by inserting a fork into a potato to see if it is soft. Drain well and then add the butter, the rest of the salt and the milk, which I like to warm up a little bit in the microwave first. If you are unsure about the size of your potatoes, add some of the liquid instead of all of it. Using a potato masher, mash until creamy, adjust the amount of milk as required & ENJOY.
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