Mashed taters are a staple on my kitchen table! Ha, I made a rhyme! My family loves mashed taters, and there are so many ways to dress them up. You have the traditional way, which is what I will share here and then I will add a little note with ways to dress them up when you want to get fancy or just add a different taste to your meal.
This recipe will feed a family of 4 and you should have a little left over, unless someone eats a lot of mashed taters. I think it’s always better to have too much than not enough.
5-6 medium to large potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 stick real butter, not margarine
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water.
Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium low and cook until tender, about 20 minutes; drain water off potatoes.
With a mixer on high speed, mix until potatoes are smooth and butter has disappeared.
Add about 1/4 cup of the milk and mix again until potatoes look fluffy and creamy. If they still seem to be a bit too thick add a little more milk and mix. Be careful not to add too much milk or they will be runny.
Now if you want to fancy them up you can add any of these for a little different taste.
For Ranch Mashed Taters; add 1/2 packet Hidden Valley Buttermilk Recipe Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
For Garlic & Cheese Mashed Taters; add 2 cloves crushed garlic and 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese.