Sara Moulton's Mashed Potatoes

Sara Moulton's Quick Side Dish Recipes

GMA Recipes
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Around November, most of us begin longing for traditional favorites like turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. While you cook up holiday staples, don't forget about the mashed potatoes. Good Morning America's Food Editor Sara Moulton shared her simple recipe for the holiday favorite.


  • 3 pounds potatoes (Yukon Gold, preferred type), peeled
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup whole milk, heated
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons and softened
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Cooking Directions

    Quarter or halve the potatoes, depending on size.

    Place in a large saucepan and pour in enough cold water to cover by 1 inch. Add salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until tender when pierced with the point of a sharp knife, 20 to 25 minutes.

    Drain the potatoes and return to the pan. Reduce the heat to low and stir to dry out for about 2 minutes. Transfer to a food mill fitted with the finest blade or to a ricer, and puree. (You can also just mash them with a handheld potato masher.

    Stir in the 1/2 cup of milk, the butter, and salt and pepper to taste. (Or to reheat in the microwave later, store the mashed potatoes in a ziploc bag, and just add butter, milk, cream, etc. )

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: potatoes, milk

    Course: Side Dish, Starch