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Classic Mashed Potatoes (Serves 4 to 6)

Copyright 2011, Ina Garten, All Rights Reserved

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3 pounds boiling potatoes, such as Yukon Gold
Kosher salt
1½ cups whole milk
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup sour cream
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Peel the potatoes, cut them into 1-inch cubes and place them in a large pot of boiling salted water. Simmer uncovered for 10 to 12 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. Drain the potatoes in a colander and then return them to the pot.

Meanwhile, heat the milk and butter in a small saucepan until the butter is melted.

Using a hand held mixer, break the potatoes up and at low speed slowly add the hot milk/butter mixture to make the potatoes very creamy. Add the sour cream, 2 teaspoons of salt and the pepper and whisk to combine. Serve hot.