Whether they're mashed or smashed, you won't want to miss out on these comfort classics.
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
Basic, yes. Boring, no. Start with this recipe, and then try some variations. The key to perfect, fluffy spuds is not overworking them with an electric mixer; a ricer (or food mill, if you have one) or potato masher is the best tool for the job.