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Video:Mashed Potatoes

with Rachel Edelman

Not sure what side dish to serve tonight? Homemade mashed potatoes are always a crowd pleaser. Learn how to make fluffy, creamy mashed potatoes.See Transcript

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Transcript:Mashed Potatoes

Hi, I'm Rachel Edelman for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you how to make simple mashed potatoes.

Ingredients for Mashed Potatoes

For this recipe, you will need:
  • 1 1/3 pounds baking potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of pepper

Peel and Cut the Potatoes

First, peel the potatoes. Use a vegetable peeler to take off all of the skin. Use the tip of the peeler to remove any deep parts.

Next, cut the potatoes in half and then into large chunks..

Boil and Mash the Potatoes

Place the potatoes into a pot of boiling salt water. Cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Drain the potatoes in a colander.

Put the potatoes in a bowl and mash until no lumps remain. You can mash with a fork, a masher, or a potato ricer.

Add Ingredients to the Potatoes

Add the milk in small amounts, beating after each addition, until your desired consistency is reached. Add the butter or margarine, salt, and pepper. Beat until mashed potatoes are light and fluffy. Serve with your favorite meal.

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