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15-Minute Microwave Mashed Potatoes
15-Minute Microwave Mashed Potatoes PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Mashed potatoes are only for special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas, right? Welp, we give you permission to enjoy these 15-minute microwave mashed potatoes any old time you feel like it, because, well, you don’t even have to boil water to make them.

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Makes 8 to 10 servings

6 large russet potatoes, peeled

½ cup half-and-half or whole milk

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Chopped fresh chives, for serving

1. Arrange the potatoes in a single layer in a medium-size microwave-safe container. Microwave on high until the potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, 7 to 9 minutes.

2. Immediately mash the hot potatoes with a potato masher over the microwave-safe dish.

3. Pour the half-and-half over the potatoes and dollop butter on the surface. Return the potatoes to the microwave and heat for 1 minute. Stir well to combine. Return to the microwave and heat for 1 minute more. Season well with salt and pepper. 

4. If making ahead, cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to one day. Right before serving, microwave on high until warmed through. Garnish with chives.

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