Food Issue: The fluffiest mashed potatoes

The fluffiest mashed potatoes, from Bon Appetit's Test Kitchen.
Christopher Testani/Bon Appetit

This recipe is courtesy of the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen.

The Fluffiest Mashed Potatoes
Serves 8-10

4 pounds russet potatoes
1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes
3 Tbsp. kosher salt plus more to finish
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 whole black peppercorns
3 sprigs thyme or 1 sprig rosemary
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cubed
Freshly ground black pepper

Special equipment:
Using a food mill keeps spuds light and airy. If you have a ricer, that will work, too.


Fill a large pot halfway with cold water. Peel potatoes and cut into 2" pieces, adding to pot as they are cut. Add cold water to cover by 1" if needed. Stir in kosher salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and gently simmer until tender, 10-15 minutes. Drain potatoes and transfer to a baking sheet. Let dry, 5-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat whole milk, heavy cream, peppercorns, thyme or rosemary, and bay leaves in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture is very hot but not boiling, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let mixture infuse for 20 minutes; strain. This will add herbal flavor without coloring the liquid.

Pass potatoes through the smallest disk of a food mill along with butter into a large bowl. Stir in the hot cream mixture. Season generously to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. To hold, press plastic wrap directly against the surface and set bowl over (not in) a large pot of simmering water for up to 2 hours.

Nutritional information:

10 servings; 1 serving contains:
Calories (kcal) 305.1
% Calories from Fat 42.0
Fat (g) 14.2
Saturated Fat (g) 8.9
Cholesterol (mg) 42.9
Carbohydrates (g) 40.6
Dietary Fiber (g) 3.5
Total Sugars (g) 2.9
Net Carbs (g) 37.1
Protein (g) 4.6
Sodium (mg) 197.2

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