Chef John's Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Chef John's Perfect Mashed Potatoes

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"This recipe will hopefully give you the proper techniques to turn out perfect mashed potatoes every time; always light, fluffy and lump-free."

Ingredients

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 333 kcal
  • 17%
  • Fat:
  • 12.7 g
  • 20%
  • Carbs:
  • 49.7g
  • 16%
  • Protein:
  • 6.7 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 34 mg
  • 11%
  • Sodium:
  • 127 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place the potatoes into a large pot, and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain, and return the potatoes to the pot. Turn heat to high, and allow the potatoes to dry for about 30 seconds. Turn off the heat.
  2. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher twice around the pot, then add the butter and milk. Continue to mash until smooth and fluffy. Whisk in the salt and black pepper until evenly distributed, about 15 seconds.
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Classic! This is THE method to use for really good mashed potatoes. It is essential to add salt to the cooking water - oh and start with cool water - bring to temp and then reduce the heat so ...

Thank you to Chef John for making the video. I couldn't figure out why I kept getting starchy water until he explained the method of cutting the potatoes lengthwise vs. cutting into cubes. I ran...

Fluffy, flavorful clouds in my mouth. And so easy. Followed exactly except used 1% milk (was on hand). As for the masher, my sister has our Mother's which he recommends, so I used mine which...