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Mashed Potatoes

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Mashed Potatoes Challenge… real homemade potatoes vs. store-bought Idahoan Buttery Homestyle instant potatoes. To prepare the perfect Homemade Mashed Potatoes, it takes quite a bit of time and energy, but is it actually worth all that additional effort?
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Mashed Potatoes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 Servings each
Calories 1kcal


Real Potatoes:

  • 2 lb Russet Potatoes peeled
  • 2/3 cup Milk
  • 1 stick Butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt

Instant Potatoes:

  • 4 oz bag Idahoan Buttery Homestyle Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Water plus 1-3 tablespoons if needed
  • 1/2 stick Butter
  • Salt to taste


Real Potatoes:

  • Place peeled potatoes in large pot and fill with enough water to cover.
  • Bring to a boil and cook until soft (about 20-25 minutes).
  • Drain and put in bowl.
  • Heat milk in microwave 1 minute at a time at 50% power until hot.
  • Manually mash with whisk atttachment then slowly beginning at low turn on mixer until you reach medium.
  • Gradually add hot milk.
  • Add butter 1 tablespoon at a time, incorprating as you go.
  • Season with salt to taste.

Instant Potatoes:

  • Add bag of potatoes to large bowl.
  • Add milk and water. Stir until blended and smooth.
  • Whip for several minutes with whisk attachments.
  • Microwave for 4 minutes.
  • Cut butter into pats and fold in one at a time until melted.
  • Whip with whisk until fluffy. If not looking creamy add additional water 1 tablespoon at a time.
  • Microwave 2 more minutes.
  • Season with salt to taste.
  • Whip until fluffy.


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