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My Mom's Roast Beef Recipe with mashed potatoes is what I always asked for as my birthday dinner. It is just good, comfort food, not fancy but delicious!
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Mom's Mashed Potatoes

The easiest, creamiest, basic mashed potato recipe.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Potatoes, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas dinner, Easy Mashed Potatoes, holiday menu, Thanksgiving
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Anna


  • 2 pounds russet potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • ¼ cup butter, cut in pieces
  • ½ cup milk, whole milk is best, but low fat and non-fat work. The more fat in the milk, the creamier the potatoes.
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Peel the potatoes, remove the eyes, then cut into 2" pieces.
  • Put the potatoes into a medium saucepan and rinse twice by covering with water then draining.
  • After 2 rinses, cover the potatoes with water again.
  • Add 1 Tablespoon salt to the water.
  • Cover the pan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Once boiling, remove the lid and boil gently until potatoes are tender, 20-30 minutes.
  • Drain water from pan. Then put the lid back on and put the pan over the lowest heat possible. Shake the pan a couple of times, this will dry out excess moisture for creamier potatoes.
  • Using a hand-held electric mixer smash the potatoes a bit.
  • Add the butter and mix with the mixer on high until butter is melted.
  • Then add the milk and whip with the mixer on high until potatoes are smooth.
  • If potatoes are too thick for your taste, add more milk. This may happen if you are using low-fat or non-fat milk. 
  • Add the salt and pepper to your taste.


Gr8 Tips:

  1. Buy the biggest russet potatoes you can. It's easier to peel a couple large potatoes than many small potatoes.
  2. Remove the eyes, these create lumps.
  3. Rinse the potatoes.
  4. Once cooked and drained, dry the potatoes 
  5. Use your electric mixer!

Gr8 Note:

You can also choose almond milk or another milk alternative, just be aware that the flavor of the milk could change the flavor of the potatoes.
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