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Great mashed potatoes are such an important part of every holiday meal, and they go well with grilled steak and pot roast, too. The list goes on and on. With this recipe, you won't see your guests grabbing for butter or seasoning; they may not even need gravy. They are just perfect all on their own (although gravy or sauce never hurts).
This recipe is part of the Aldi Holiday Meal Plan, and there's more to follow!
To start, cut up the potatoes and boil them. Peeling is optional – depends if you want to make them rustic or not. I only peel them because my kids don't like the skin in the potatoes. But you don't need to boil them very long, just long enough so that you can break them apart with a fork. This usually takes about 15 minutes.
Next – and this is a key part that not everyone does – RINSE them. You want to remove all of that excess starch – this will help give you fluffier potatoes.
Then stick them in a large bowl and get ready to whip them. If you want absolutely no lumps in your potatoes, mash them before you whip them. Personally, I kind of like the occasional lump in my potatoes, so I go straight to whipping them.
Now for the seasoning. In a small saucepan, melt the butter in the milk and add salt and pepper. Once it's smooth, add it to the potatoes and whip on high for a minute.
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