Mashed Potatoes

Though this is a simple recipe, I include it because there is a slightly different way we prepare it and I think the difference makes for a tastier result.


lbs. Potatoes, White
3 tbsp Lightly Salted Butter
¼ tsp White Pepper
¼ cup MilkOr as much as needed for the consistency preferred
2 tbsp Sour CreamOptional


1 Wash and peel, or do not peel, the potatoes. For Thanksgiving I peel them, but normally I do not. Cut the potatoes into about one inch chunks. Put them in a large pot and add water just until the potatoes are barely covered.
2 Cook over medium/high heat. Watch them after ten minutes or so. I cook them until the water is just about evaporated. It doesn't hurt if a little water is left.
3 Check to make sure the potatoes are cooked by piercing with a sharp knife. They should be very easily pierced.
4 Add the butter.
5 Mash the potatoes well until they are quite smooth.
6 Add the milk and continue to mash. Add the white pepper and sour cream, if desired.
7 Your potatoes are ready.