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Mashed Potatoes


  • 8 large Idaho potatoes (about 3 pounds), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • In a medium saucepan, cover the potatoes with water by 1 inch and add 1 teaspoon of the salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and cook at a low boil until the potatoes are fork-tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain in a colander. Return the potatoes to the saucepan and cook for 1 minute get rid of excess moisture. Add the cream, butter, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and the pepper. With the heat on medium-low, mash until well blended, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm until ready to serve.