A perfect single serving of classic mashed potatoes with a few lumps to comfort you after a rough day or just because you want some.
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Put the half-and-half in a medium bowl and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on high until just simmering, about 45 seconds.
Halve the potato lengthwise and hold each half in a towel or oven mitt (it will be hot). Scoop out the insides of each half with a fork into the warm half-and-half. Add the butter and use the fork to mash the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Eat and be comforted.