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Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

Fluffy Mashed Potatoes.  The best mashed potatoes recipe ever! trailstotable.com

Without a doubt, mashed potatoes are one of the world’s ultimate comfort foods!  They make the perfect side to any meat dish, and can warm you up on a cold day.  So, it is no surprise that as soon as the weather begins to get cold every year, my kids start to request mashed potatoes and gravy.

Fluffy Mashed Potatoes. The best mashed potatoes recipe ever! trailstotable.com

It took me many years to figure out the perfect mashed potatoes recipe.  And I have to say–the reason this recipe is so good has little to do with the ingredients.  As you can see, they are pretty standard as far as ingredients go.  Nope–for this recipe, its all about the prep of the potatoes!  If you have some extra time the night before you make these, slice and soak the potatoes overnight in ice cold water.  Then, before cooking them the next day, drain and rinse well.  This will remove a lot of excess starch, and starch is what can make mashed potatoes gummy in texture.  You don’t want that! I promise, that little extra step is well worth your time.  You will never have gummy mashed potatoes again! These turn out perfectly fluffy every time.

Pair this dish with some homemade gravy or a large pat of butter, and you’ve got yourself the fluffiest, most comforting bowl of mashed potatoes ever.

Need a good gravy recipe?  Try the gravy from Big Riv’s Big Beautiful Chicken.

Enjoy!

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Fluffy Mashed Potatoes
The fluffiest, creamiest mashed potatoes ever! Simple, easy, and absolutely delicious. The secret is in the potato prep! Serve hot with a pat of butter or homemade gravy.
Fluffy Mashed Potatoes. The best mashed potatoes recipe ever! trailstotable.com
Course sides
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course sides
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Fluffy Mashed Potatoes. The best mashed potatoes recipe ever! trailstotable.com
Instructions
  1. Peel potatoes, and cut into 1/4 inch thick slices. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Soak for at least 30 minutes (preferably overnight). Drain and rinse well.
  2. Place soaked, rinsed potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Add salt, and bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, turn the heat to medium high, and simmer for 7 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through. Pour the potatoes into a colander, and drain well.
  4. While the potatoes are draining, add 1/4 cup cream to the pot and warm slightly on low heat. Turn off heat and add potatoes and 2 TBS butter. Mash well with a potato masher. Salt and pepper to taste, then transfer mashed potatoes to a serving bowl. Sprinkle the remaining 1 TBS chopped butter on top. Serve with chopped chives, if desired.
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