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Easy Basic Mashed Potatoes


  • 2 Pounds Potatoes about 6-7 potatoes
  • 8 Tablespoons Butter melted, plus 2 more for the top
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream *half and half or whole milk may be used
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Salt or to taste
  • Black pepper to taste


  • Place peeled potatoes in a large pot (5 Qt+) and cover potatoes with cold water. Never start with hot water or the potatoes will overcook on the outside and be under cooked in the middle.
  • Bring to a boil and cook until easily pierced with a knife, about 20-25 min depending on the size of your potatoes.
  • Drain potatoes well.
  • Mash the potatoes with your mixer.
  • Melt the butter in the microwave and warm the cream in a separate bowl. Do NOT mix together.
  • Stir the butter into the potatoes.
  • Add the cream and salt and pepper and stir again until smooth.
  • Serve with additional butter or gravy on top!