Classic Mashed Potatoes

Classic Mashed Potatoes
Photo by Scott Phillips


  • 6 lb. russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground white pepper; more to taste
  • 2 cups heavy cream, half-and-half, or whole milk
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt; more to taste
  • ½ lb. (1 cup) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces

Put the potatoes in an 8-qt. stockpot. Add the salt and enough water to cover the potatoes by about 2 inches. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, uncovered, until the potatoes are tender but not falling apart, 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, he...

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Variations on Classic Mashed Potatoes

  • Classic Mashed Potatoes
    • 5 scallions, thinly sliced (optional)
    • 2/3 cup heavy cream
    • 2 3/4 sticks (11 ounces) unsalted butter

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