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Mashed potato in a small dish, topped with melted butter

Mashed potatoes

Published: April 12, 2022 at 9:29 pm
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Make perfect mashed potato from scratch. Bangers and a rich onion gravy are the perfect accompaniment to this indulgent side dish


Try our classic mashed potatoes then check out our champ, dauphinoise potatoes, roast potatoes, hasselback potatoes and other potato recipes.


  • 1kg potatoes
  • a splash milk or cream (optional)
  • butter
  • nutmeg (optional)


  • STEP 1

    Peel the potatoes and cut them into even-sized pieces, about 3×3cm (if they aren’t even they won’t cook at the same speed).
    If you choose to boil the potatoes, make sure you only cook them until tender and not so they start getting ragged around the edges or they’ll become water-logged. Then drain and briefly steam dry in the pan.

  • STEP 2

    Once you have nice, dry, cooked potatoes add milk or cream, if using, and put the pan back over the heat until the liquid is also hot.
    Add a good knob of butter then mash quickly (or go in with your electric whisk), until smooth. Season, with nutmeg too if you like.

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Give leftover mash a new lease of life with these clever pan-fried cakes. They make a delicious brunch served with poached eggs and a fresh tomato salsa.

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