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The secret to these delicious mashed potatoes, obviously, is sugar.

2 pounds potatoes, washed and cut into 1-inch pieces

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 tablespoons whole milk

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

  1. Fill a large pot with cold water, add the potatoes, bring to a boil over high heat, and boil until fork-tender, about 15 minutes.

  2. Drain the potatoes and transfer to a bowl. Add the butter, milk, sugar, salt, and pepper and mash by hand. Serve hot.


For super-smooth potatoes, use a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium until mashed together, about 2 minutes. Then mix on high just until light and fluffy, about 1 minute (longer will make black pepper–mashed potato glue, so be mindful of the time).

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