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Super Fluffy and Buttery Mashed Potatoes

SERVINGS
4
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Ken Goodman
SERVINGS
4
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(3)

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • Chef notes

    Every cook must know how to make mashed potatoes. There are some critical steps: Start with a starchy potato like Yukon gold or russet, not a waxy potato like red skin. Leave the potato pieces large, at least 2 inches, so they don't get waterlogged and become mealy. Start in cold water so the starches cook slowly and become creamy. The finer the mash, the fluffier the texture. 

    Swap option: Roasted garlic, chives and wasabi are all fun add-ins to give your mashed potatoes some variety.

    Preparation

    1.

    Cut the butter into 3 pieces and let soften slightly.

    2.

    Place the peeled potato chunks into a large saucepan; add cold water to cover by 1 inch and add 1 tablespoon of the salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the potatoes break apart when a paring knife is inserted, 15-18 minutes. Drain the potatoes well, return to the saucepan and place back on the burner over low heat.

    3.

    Warm the half-and-half in a microwave-safe container for about 45 seconds, until steaming. Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes until a few small lumps remain. Add the warm half-and-half to the potatoes; using a rubber spatula, fold well. Then add one piece of butter at a time, folding it in gently to emulsify the butter into the potatoes. Season with a two-finger pinch of salt, or to taste. Serve immediately.