How to Make Classic Mashed Potatoes

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 lbs russet potatoes
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Peel potatoes and cut into 1-2″ chunks. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with water to 1 inch over potatoes. Add a few pinches of salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and cover pot. Check potatoes for doneness with a knife or fork, it should take about 20 minutes.
  2. While potatoes are cooking, use a small sauce pan and melt butter with heavy cream. Let it simmer for a few minutes.
  3. Drain potatoes well and return to the large pot. Add the butter and cream mixture and mash with a hand masher to desired consistency.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste