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Easy Mashed Potatoes Recipe

I want to share my easy mashed potatoes side dish recipe with you this morning. This recipe includes only 5 simple ingredients, and it's easy to make any day of the week. Or make ahead and serve 2 or 3 days later. Sorry, there are no specific measurements; you just use your senses for this one. 😁

Patricia's Easy Mashed Potatoes

  1. First, wash about 10 or so russet potatoes (more if you need to make more, fewer if you need make less)
  2. Peel them.
  3. Then cut them into chunky cubes. 
  4. Next, rinse the cubed potatoes in a colander. 
  5. Place the potatoes in a pot and boil. Stir frequently. Add a few shakes of salt from time to time.
  6. Once the potatoes are soft (they're ready when a fork easily goes through a couple of the cubed potatoes), pour the potato broth into a glass bowl or large glass measuring cup (32 oz. with a handle works great). It will be hot so handle with care!
  7. Pour the potatoes into a separate bowl. 
  8. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of margarine.
  9. Add a few more shakes of salt if you want.
  10. Add a little bit of milk and some potato broth to the potatoes. 
  11. Mash the potatoes. Add a little more of the milk and broth until you're happy with the consistency. You'll want more broth than milk, by the way. Continue to mash as you gradually add the milk and broth. (NOTE: If you get your potatoes too runny, placing them in the microwave for a couple of minutes should remove the excess moisture).
  12. Once you're happy with the consistency, you can mix them with a handheld mixer to smooth out the lumps if you would like to.
  13. Add 1 to 2 more tablespoons of margarine on top of the potatoes then serve. Place in microwave for about 90 seconds if the margarine doesn't melt on its own.*
*If these are make-ahead mashed potatoes, add the margarine when you're ready to serve them. From the refrigerator, microwave them for 2 to 3 minutes and stir. Repeat until the potatoes are hot. If they dry out from microwaving, add a little bit of milk, and microwave 1 to 2 more minutes to make them creamier.

easy mashed potatoes
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I hope you enjoy today's side dish recipe. 

Have a blessed week,



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