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Mashed potatoes in a pan

Best ever creamy mashed potatoes

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  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Make everyone's favourite side dish, creamy mashed potatoes. This simple recipe results in fluffy, comforting mash that the whole family will love

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: per serving


  • 1 kg floury potatoes (like Maris Piper), cut into chunks
  • 50g salted butter plus 1 tbsp
  • 50g whole milk


  • STEP 1

    Tip the potatoes into a large pan, cover with cold water and sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt. Set the pan over a high heat and bring to the boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15-20 mins until the potatoes are very tender – they should be able to be easily pierced with the tip of a knife. Drain well, then return to the pan and leave to steam-dry for 5 mins.

  • STEP 2

    Pass the potatoes through a ricer into a large bowl for a lump-free mash (you may need to do this in batches). Alternatively, mash with a potato masher until smooth, then press through a sieve using the back of a spoon to get rid of any remaining lumps.

  • STEP 3

    Tip the 50g salted butter, the milk and some seasoning into the bowl with the hot mash. Beat everything together with a wooden spoon or spatula until the butter has melted and the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add a splash more milk to loosen, if needed. Top with the remaining 1 tbsp butter and leave it to melt for a few seconds before serving.

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