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Recipe By: United States Potato Board
What’s the best way to prepare homemade mashed potatoes? This is a question that we get a lot! Here are our best instructions and tips for making mashed potatoes at home:
Basic cooking instructions for mashed potatoes to serve four: We recommend leaving the skin on, but if you must peel, now is the time. Cut potatoes into 1-inch chunks. Place potato pieces in medium pot and pour over enough water (or reduced-sodium broth) to cover. Set pan over high heat and bring to a boil. Boil 10 minutes, or until tender. Drain, then shake potatoes over low heat 1 minute to dry. Mash with potato masher or fork.
Want to speed things up? Try the microwave version!
Microwave cooking instructions for mashed potatoes to serve four: Place four medium (5 to 6-ounce) whole potatoes (do not poke) into microwave-safe dish. Cover dish. (If covering dish with plastic wrap, poke small hole in plastic.) Microwave on HIGH for 10 to 12 minutes depending on strength of microwave. Use oven mitts to remove dish from microwave; carefully remove cover and mash well.
Healthy Tip: To keep the mashed potatoes healthy, use a healthy spread, fat-free plain yogurt or low-fat milk. Try stirring in fresh spinach, salsa, low-fat sour cream and low-fat Cheddar or sautéed onions, carrots and zucchini for additional flavor.