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Perfect Mashed Potatoes Recipe


mashed potato

Mashed Potato

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Perfect mashed potato is quick and easy to make. It is the perfect accompaniment to sausages, roast meats and many other British and Irish dishes.

Choosing the right potatoes is important though you can make mashed potatoes with any variety, you will simply have a different texture. For light fluffy mashed use a floury potato such as a Maris Piper or King Edward is always a favourite.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 average size servings


  • 2 lb / 900g peeled potatoes, quartered
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 1 stick/ 110g butter, cubed
  • Salt and ground black pepper


  • Boil the potatoes until soft but not breaking up - about 20 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes in a colander and put to one side.
  • Place the milk and butter in the pan used to boil the potatoes, return the pan to the heat and warm gently until the butter has melted into the milk.
  • Add the potatoes and mash using either a potato masher, a fork or a potato ricer.
  • Whip the mashed potato lightly with a wooden spoon. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.

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