This is my grandma's recipe for plain old potatoes. They always come out fluffy and tasty! This is one of those old classics at our house...one of the 'nobody makes these like Momma' dishes.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place potatoes and lemon juice in a large saucepan, and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook until tender, about 15 minutes.

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  • Drain water from potatoes, and use a potato masher to mash. Stir in egg white and butter, and gradually mix in the half-and-half using the masher. Use more or less cream to reach your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts

242.4 calories; 5.1 g protein; 34 g carbohydrates; 27.8 mg cholesterol; 83.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
09/30/2003
These came out nice fluffy and flavorful! I did add a some fresh minced chives and sprinkled some french fried onions on top and these were a great accompaniment to our fish. Basic mashed potatoes that go great with traditional dishes! Thanks MN MOM!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/30/2003
These were okay. I think the recipe would be better using smaller red potatoes. They needed to be cooked longer than it says and they turned out dry. If you are using Yukon gold potatoes I would suggest cutting them into eight pieces instead of four. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
09/30/2003
These came out nice fluffy and flavorful! I did add a some fresh minced chives and sprinkled some french fried onions on top and these were a great accompaniment to our fish. Basic mashed potatoes that go great with traditional dishes! Thanks MN MOM!! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2003
Very good! I can finally make mashed potatoes - I've had disaters before! I also used a masher on the potatoes then whipped them & the other ingredients with my mixer because I like my mashed potatoes creamy! I used evaporated milk in place of the half-&-half (a little more than 1/4 cup) about 1/4 t black pepper and between 1-2 t salt. I also added about 2 t butter extract so they were more buttery flavored without the added fat/calories. Next time I'm going to try fat free evaporated milk to make them even healthier! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/30/2003
These were okay. I think the recipe would be better using smaller red potatoes. They needed to be cooked longer than it says and they turned out dry. If you are using Yukon gold potatoes I would suggest cutting them into eight pieces instead of four. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/10/2003
Boy these are good - don't know what the egg white does but they came out wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2004
the lemon juisce gives it the right hit of flavor and my hubby loves it. It's flavorful and uplifting not weighed down by butter taste. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/18/2004
Very good. I will admit that the lemon was a bit overpowering...I don't think that I will add next time. But still very good. Thanks for the post. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2004
These are incredibly yummy by far the best basic mashed potato recipe I've found so far. Be careful not to get overzealous with the lemon juice - if you put too much in it definitely overpowers and ruins the dish. But it does add a nice touch so I advise that you not omit it completely. Otherwise it's open to variation...i've done it with or without the half and half with roasted garlic green onions etc. All quite yum. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2006
Great recipe! My first time to make mashed potatoes and they turned out awesome! I used more half and half than called for but I think I had more potatoes. Awesome mashed potatoes! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2007
My wife prepared these mashed potatoes and they were good. They were a little dry with only a 1/2 cup of half-and-half but nonetheless I thought that this was a good all-around hearty batch of mashed tators. It's a winner! Read More
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