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Buttermilk Whipped Potatoes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author From "Cooking at Home with the Culinary Institute of America"


  • 2 lbs potatoes , peeled and cut into large pieces
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk , warmed (can also be made with regular milk)


  1. Place the potatoes in a pot with cold water to cover by 2 inches.
  2. Salt the water. Gradually bring the water to a simmer over medium heat. Cover and simmer until the potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, 10-12 minutes. Drain and return them to the pan over low heat until no more steam rises from them.
  3. While still hot, purée the potatoes in a heated bowl. Add the butter and whip by hand or with an electric mixer until just incorporated.
  4. Add the warm buttermilk and stir to combine.
  5. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Whip the potatoes on medium speed until smooth and light.
  7. Serve at once