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A small bowl of buttery mashed potatoes with melted butter in the center.
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Buttery Small Batch Mashed Potatoes

An easy, simple mashed potato recipe for 2-3 servings!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mashed potatoes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: sara a.
Cost: $2


  • 1 pound gold potatoes (yukon or yellow works)
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt plus more to taste
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 tbsp. whole milk


  • Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut the potatoes into 1" cubes, then place them into a deep pot. Fill the pot with cold water so that it covers the potatoes by an inch.
  • Add one teaspoon of kosher salt to the pot. Bring the water to a boil, and boil for about ten minutes, or until the potatoes are soft enough that they can be easily pierced with a fork.
  • Drain the water from the pot. Add the butter and a pinch of salt, and mash the potatoes using a potato masher.*
  • Switch to a spoon, and stir in the milk. Taste, and season with more butter or salt if desired. If you prefer a creamier consistency, add another tablespoon of milk.
  • Serve warm, and enjoy!


*If you do not have a potato masher, transfer the potatoes to a large mixing bowl and use a hand mixer with the whisk attachments to whisk the potatoes, butter, and salt together instead.  Then whisk in the milk.
*This can also be done in the bowl of a stand-up mixer.  Use the paddle attachment on medium speed to "mash" the potatoes, butter, and salt for about a minute.  Switch to the whisk attachment, and whisk the milk into the potatoes on medium speed for about a minute until super smooth and creamy.