Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a popular and beloved dish that is enjoyed around the world. They are made by boiling and mashing potatoes, and they are often flavored with milk, butter, and other ingredients to create a creamy, flavorful dish.

The origins of mashed potatoes can be traced back to the 16th century, when potatoes were first introduced to Europe from the Americas. Mashed potatoes became popular in many countries, and they have been enjoyed as a staple food and a comfort food for centuries.

Today, mashed potatoes are a popular and beloved dish that is enjoyed in many countries around the world. They are often served as a side dish with a variety of main courses, including roast beef, pork, chicken, and fish. Mashed potatoes are also a popular choice for people who are following a vegetarian or vegan diet, as they are a good source of protein, fiber, and other nutrients.

Mashed potatoes are a versatile and satisfying dish that is enjoyed by many people for their creamy, flavorful taste and comfort food appeal. They can be served with a variety of main courses, and they can be flavored with a variety of herbs, spices, and other ingredients to suit different tastes and preferences.


Course Rice, Potatoes, and Beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Author N. J. Sorensen, RDN


  • 1 ½ pounds russet potatoes — peeled and cubed
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter — softened
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • parsley — garnish


  • In a large heavy saucepan, add cubed potatoes and cover with cold water by at least 1-inch. Bring to a boil. Cover partway, reduce heat to medium and cook until potatoes are tender. Drain the potatoes and return to the pot. Mash potatoes until smooth with a hand masher. Add the butter and mix thoroughly. Add the milk in small amounts, ¼ cup at a time, mixing until milk is absorbed. Continue adding milk until desired consistency is reached. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve warm.