Recipe courtesy of Cooking Channel

Fast Mashed Potatoes for Desperate Times

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.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 13 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 8 min
  • Yield: 1 serving (about 1 cup)
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1 russet potato, scrubbed

1/4 cup half-and-half

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Pierce the potato all over with a paring knife and microwave on high power until tender, about 7 minutes. Set aside. Put the half-and-half in a medium bowl and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on high until just simmering, about 45 seconds. 
  2. 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.;