Mashed potatoes is a popular side dish made by boiling potatoes until they are soft, and then mashing them with milk, butter, salt, and pepper. The result is a smooth, creamy mixture that can be served alongside a variety of main dishes.
To make mashed potatoes, potatoes are typically peeled and cut into chunks before boiling in salted water until they are tender. Once cooked, the potatoes are drained and then mashed with a masher or electric mixer. Milk, butter, salt, and pepper are then added to the mashed potatoes and mixed in until the desired consistency is achieved.
Mashed potatoes can be customized in many ways by adding additional ingredients such as garlic, cheese, sour cream, chives, bacon, or herbs. It is a versatile side dish that pairs well with many different types of main dishes, such as roast chicken, steak, or meatloaf.