I know this is a basic recipe, but everyone does these sorta differently and some people don't do their own mashed potatoes, period. And my thought to that concept is....why? They're super simple, take half an hour at the most, and they taste SO much better than the store-bought stuff you can get in a box or in the refrigerated section.
2 potatoes for each person eating, at least. washed, peeled, and quartered lengthwise
1 tsp salt
1/2 c milk, or 1/4 c cream and 1/4 c milk (half and half)
3 tbsp butter
Place potatoes in a stockpot and cover potatoes with water and salt. Bring to a boil, and continue to boil til potatoes when you stick a fork in them, it goes through but it doesn't break the potato. Don't over boil them because if you do you'll get mushy potatoes or potato soup. Drain your potatoes and return them to the pot. Add milk or cream, and butter, and salt and pepper, and either mash with a potato masher or whip in a mixer or with a hand mixer. Serve with your favorite protein and veggie.