Mashed Potatoes



Recipe Information

Total Time: 

35 minutes; 10 minutes active



Butter and chives add rich and delicious flavor to this simple, yet classic American favorite.


  • 4 pounds combination of yellow and Russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons chives, chopped
  • 1/2¬†teaspoon black pepper, or to taste


  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot with enough water cover and 2 tablespoons of the salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain them and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, gently heat the half and half and butter until the butter is just melted.
  3. Place the potatoes in a large bowl, add the half and half and butter, 1/2 tablespoon salt and pepper. Mix together with a spoon and add in the chives, once the ingredients are incorporated. Do not overmix or over-handle the potatoes. Serve immediately.

Serving Suggestion

Enjoy these classic mashed potatoes alongside roasted turkey or other meats or a vegetarian entree. For richer, creamer potatoes, add more half and half and/or butter. For a smashed potatoes version, don't peel the potatoes and mix cooked potatoes just until small lumps remain.

Nutritional Information

610 calories, 11 g. fat, 35 mg. cholesterol, 80 mg. sodium, 45 g. carbohydrate, 5 g. fiber, 6 g. protein